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


Firefighters also had to lead a man from his home near Kilauea late on Sunday after he was trapped by fast-moving lava, Hawaii News Now reported. "They feel like, they see odd people in their subdivision, whether it's people just wanted to go see lava or criminals. and they try to protect stuff".

The civil defence agency had ordered more residents of the vulnerable Leilani Estates area to leave because of the lava.

Magma has drained from Kilauea's summit lava lake and flowed around 25 miles (40 km) east underground, bursting out of about two dozen giant cracks or fissures.

On Tuesday, Hawaii officials said sharp, thin strands of volcanic glass fibres carried on the wind could injure eyes and lungs and last week warned about toxic fumes produced when molten rock flows into the ocean.

Authorities had earlier advised that lava flow from Fissure eight had blocked a major highway and caused an electricity blackout, and recommended evacuations of other nearby areas as telephone communications were cut.

Highway 132 near Pohoiki Road past Pahoa was closed this morning due to lava.

Well, the U.S. Geological Survey took a break from its usual serious updates to answer the pondering minds on social media.

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Police, firefighters and public works employees went door to door in the Kapoho Beach and Vacationland areas evacuating residents.

The USGS said the "vigorous eruption of lava" continued from the fissure system in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivisions.

As of Friday, there were 230 people in shelters, the agency said.

Numerous homes in the Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots are used as vacation rentals, and county officials have been warning residents of the area for more than a week to be prepared to evacuate on very short notice. "So we are at her mercy", Burmeister said.

Lava flowing unchecked from the volcanic eruption on the Big Island of Hawaii has now destroyed 75 homes and has sent a volcanic haze all the way to Guam.

The lava flow destroyed a farm where Kevin Hopkins and partners raise tropical fish and the ornamental carp known as koi.