U.S. Geological Survey warns: Don't roast marshmallows over volcano

Helicopter overflight of Kīlauea Volcano's Lower East Rift Zone shows fountaining at Fissure 22

Helicopter overflight of Kīlauea Volcano's Lower East Rift Zone shows fountaining at Fissure 22

Fast-moving lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano forced officials to close part of a highway on Tuesday, and they warned that sharp, thin strands of volcanic glass fibers carried by the wind could injure eyes and lungs.

On Monday, a user asked the USGS if it was possible to take the popular fluffy treat and dangle it over the volcanic vents sprouting across the Big Island.

Snyder was unable to say how many people were evacuated overnight.

While it may seem like commons sense, the USGS warned against the idea, saying, "We're going to have to say no", before going on to explain that marshmallows cooked that way would "taste BAD".

"The flow from fissures 21 and seven was widening and advancing", said Janet Snyder, a spokeswoman for the County of Hawaii.

Kilauea entered its fourth week of what may be an unprecedented, simultaneous eruption at its summit crater and along a six-mile (9.7-km) string of fissures 25 miles (40 km) down its east flank.

The Fissure 18 flow also remained active, moving downslope toward Highway 137 at rates of less than 100 yards per hour.

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Fissure 8 was fountaining to heights of 200 feet at times today, and feeding a lava flow that was traveling to the northeast.

Hawaiii County Civil Defense said lava had reached the Puna Geothermal Venture Plant, covering a well.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency officials that said around 8:30 a.m. that lava had already crossed over the access road and that all equipment and vehicles were moved from the property and everyone was evacuated.

So far no deaths have been recorded from the eruption, but one man has suffered a shattered leg after being hit by a chunk of lava rock.

At that rate, the lava, which forced the evacuations of residents along roads north of Highway 132, covered nearly a half-mile in 80 minutes, the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said. As national park service ranger Shyla explains, the hazards include emissions of toxic gases, unexpected explosions, flying debris (which include deadly lava bombs), and collapses of land - notably near the ocean. Since Kilauea's massive eruption May 3, more than 2,000 earthquakes have struck in and around Big Island.

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