No, Do Not Roast Marshmallows Over Hawaii’s Erupting Volcano, Says USGS

Saul Bowman
May 30, 2018

"Erm.we're going to have to say no, that's not safe".

Magma has drained from Kilauea's summit lava lake and flowed around 40 kilometres east underground, bursting out of about two dozen giant cracks or fissures near the plant.

Air pollution - known as vog - pumped out the Kilauea volcano isn't just causing health hazards on Hawaii's Big Island, it's troubling people across the Pacific Ocean.

The US Geological Survey's Volcanoes Twitter account, which posts official updates and information on volcanoes in the US, responded to Mr Furr's query, saying that such an experiment would lead to a "bad taste" and a "pretty spectacular reaction".

The spread of lava in the Puna district of Hawaii's Big Island has gotten so large that it can be seen from space.


Only one person has been seriously injured so far, when a man's leg was shattered when it was hit by a flying molten rock.

The lava flow originated from Fissure 8, and began advancing rapidly to the northeast from near Kahukai road before 4 a.m. HST, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported.

Ash intermittently erupted from the vent within Halemaʻumaʻu crater, at Kilauea's summit and there was a small explosion at 1:56 a.m. Its operator, Israeli-controlled Ormat Technologies, said it had not been able to assess the damage.

About 2,200 acres have been covered in lava since the volcano started erupting.

The neighborhood was already under evacuation orders, but emergency officials said they had to go door to door to more than 20 homes to get holdouts to leave, CBS News correspondent Carter Evans reports from Pahoa. Officials said there was no release of any risky hydrogen sulfide gas after lava crept over the plugged wells. Light winds are blowing toward the northwest and ash fall may affect the Volcano and Pahala areas.

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