USGS: Please don’t roast marshmallows over Kilauea

On Monday, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) explained on Twitter that roasting marshmallows over scorching, molten rock is not a great idea for a multitude of reasons.

Asked about safety hazards, he replied: "I think it's safe to say authorities have been concerned about the flow of lava onto the plant property since the eruption started".

Not only would it not be safe, the USGS says the marshmallows would taste very bad.

Since the first eruption occurred in the Leilani Estates subdivision on the evening of Thursday, May 3, emergency officials believe almost 2,500 residents have been forced to evacuate as lava, flowing from numerous volcanic fissures, consumes everything in its path.

According to the US National Weather Service officials in Guam, the volcanic haze has moved across the Pacific and is descending upon the many sparsely-populated islands in the area, including the aforementioned Marshall Islands and the islands of Micronesia.

Kilauea erupted a few weeks ago and caused thousands of evacuations by both Kilauea residents and those living in the Leilani Estates in Pahoa, which is over 25 miles away.

About two dozen recent fissures in the area have created towering lava fountains and bone-rattling explosions throughout the eruption.

Kilauea in Hawaii has been erupting since May 3. Hundreds of people have been ordered to leave the vicinity of one of the world's most active volcanoes in its biggest eruption cycle in a century.

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. "People who ignore closures and warnings from police, fire and civil defense authorities not only put themselves in potentially life-threatening situations, but they are doing the same to our officers and emergency first-responders".

Leilani Estates resident Steve Gebbie said he lost his home to lava Sunday night. The biggest impacts might be vog, but that has been a persistent issue on the island for decades. That was my house right there.

The sole reported serious injury from the eruption so far came when a man was hit by flying lava.

Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is spreading to new areas and residents are reaching their boiling point.

Earlier this month, Gebbie, a carpenter, told CNN he had lived in the community for more than a decade and built his home himself over the past three years.

  • Joey Payne