Hawaii orders fresh evacuations amid fast-moving lava

Lava reaches area of geothermal power station in Hawaii

As the volcano continues spewing lava and toxic gas, the USGS has been sharing information and updates on Twitter on the activity and also answering questions.

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.

"Erm... We're going to have to say no, that's not safe", the United States Geological Survey responded, warning readers to "Please don't try" the proposed stunt. Furthermore, if sulfuric acid is added to sugar, USGS officials say there would be a "pretty spectacular reaction". Lava has already overrun the main road, Highway 132, leaving people in about 500 homes and vacation rentals with just one escape route left. Wind conditions for Wednesday were forecast to result in widespread vog - or volcanic smog- over the Big Island.

Authorities had earlier advised that lava flow from Fissure 8 had blocked a major highway and caused an electricity blackout, and recommended evacuations of other nearby areas as telephone communications were cut.

USGS: Not yet. Lava flow volumes are extraordinarily hard to measure, but we are working on various means of determining eruption rates (including topographic mapping thanks to a NASA airplane that is on site, and also measuring gases, which can be used as a proxy for effusion rate).

Though radar hadn't detected any significant bursts of volcanic ash from Halemaumau Crater for several hours late Tuesday, the National Weather Service warned that ash could erupt from Kilauea at any time. Many have evacuated the area, and several have made a decision to stay in order to protect their belonging from thieves.

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Leilani Estates resident Steve Gebbie said he lost his home to lava Sunday night.

But three weeks ago, Weisenbauer issued $25,000 in refunds to customers who will never get the chance to fall asleep to the sound of cocqi frogs as she watched and waited for the possibility lava would wipe it all away.

Fast-moving lava from the Kilauea volcano is spreading on Hawaii's Big Island, leaving a trail of fire and destruction in its wake. Since Kilauea's massive eruption May 3, more than 2,000 earthquakes have struck in and around Big Island. "Donna's house is gone".

"All I can tell him is, 'Baby, I want to go home, too, but Pele took our home'".

Lava from the Kilauea volcano advances slowly through a property in the Leilani Estates subdivision in Pahoa, Hawaii, May 25, 2018.

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