USGS: Please don't roast marshmallows over active volcano

  • USGS: Please don't roast marshmallows over active volcano

USGS: Please don't roast marshmallows over active volcano

The Civil Defense Agency also noted that 37 homes are "isolated" either due to lava surrounding them or roads being cut off by the flow.

A series of explosions from the Kilauea volcano on the archipelago of Hawaii in the United States on Saturday spewed ash up to 12,000 feet into the air, according to the US Geological Survey.

Magma has drained from Kilauea's summit lava lake and flowed around 40km east underground, bursting out of about two dozen giant cracks or fissures. Fissures No. 6, 13 and 22 have been the most active, flowing to the southeast into the ocean, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. "Kind of disturbingly, some people just refused to leave and so it kind of gives us terrifying insight into what's going on out there".

Kilauea is one of the few places on Earth where people can often view lava flows from a safe distance in marked locations.

'I never got to watch it burn or walk in my house one last time, ' Keau wrote on a GoFundMe page. New aerial video shot Monday morning also showed lava setting fire to or covering several homes.

In addition to vigorous eruptions, authorities are concerned about worsening ground cracking, air quality issues, ashfall in communities downwind of Kilauea's summit, and lava threatening key thoroughfares, something that could spur additional evacuations.

Those who are healthy, physically active and don't smoke can usually tolerate basic symptoms, Green said, adding hospitals are seeing more patients with difficulty breathing.

Lava from a fissure erupts on a residence in Leilani Estates, on Hawaii's Big Island, May 26, 2018 in Pahoa, Hawaii.

"When hot lava buries plants and shrubs, methane gas is produced as a byproduct of burning vegetation", the USGS said.

About 2,200 acres has been covered in lava since the Kilauea volcano eruptions began May 3, Magno said.