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Please Don't Roast Marshmallows Over the Erupting Hawaii Volcano, USGS Warns

Please Don't Roast Marshmallows Over the Erupting Hawaii Volcano, USGS Warns"Is it safe to roast marshmallows over volcanic vents?" one Twitter user asked



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

No, Do Not Roast Marshmallows Over Hawaii’s Erupting Volcano, Says USGSLava s'mores aren't such a hot idea.



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Hawaii's Erupting Volcano Looks Even Crazier From Space at Night

Hawaii's Erupting Volcano Looks Even Crazier From Space at NightSee the incredible image



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Hawaii's Erupting Kilauea Volcano Is Now Spouting Blue Flames of Burning Methane

Hawaii's Erupting Kilauea Volcano Is Now Spouting Blue Flames of Burning MethaneThe volcano produces methane when hot lava buries and burns plants and trees



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An astronaut saw Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupting from space. And he took a picture.

An astronaut saw Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupting from space. And he took a picture.Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has been spewing plumes of ash and steam from its main vent and oozing lava into nearby neighborhoods since the beginning of May. And now, even astronauts on the International Space Station can see the volcanic activity from orbit. SEE ALSO: Lava shoots through a 500-foot-long fissure in the middle of a Hawaiian neighborhood NASA astronaut Andrew Feustel — a current Space Station crewmember — snapped a photo of the volcano belching out a thick plume of steam tinged with a bit of ash from his post 250 miles above. The vent photographed by Feustel is named Halema'uma'u but commonly called the "overlook vent," as it's a popular destination in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  It is easy to see the activity on Hawaii’s #Kilauea Volcano from @Space_Station. We hope those in the vicinity of the eruption can stay out of harm’s way. pic.twitter.com/osTn3fH073 — A.J. (Drew) Feustel (@Astro_Feustel) May 14, 2018 That said, no tourists are visiting the closed national park right now. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) volcanologists warn that this specific vent now has the realistic potential of erupting explosively.  Although the "robust plume," as described by USGS Hawaii Volcano Observatory scientist Tina Neal, might be visible from space now, it's not representative of the most powerful, rare explosive event that might be to come.  Instead, the lava lake inside the Halema'uma'u pit has continued to drop over the last week, allowing loose chunks of rock to fall hundreds of feet down into the lava. Once they tumble in, said Janine Krippner, a volcanologist at Concord University's Department of Physical Sciences, great plumes of steam are produced. A few weeks ago, this lava lake level was extremely high and even began to overflow around April 22. Now, however, the level of lava in the lake has dropped dramatically, to nearly 1,000 feet beneath the vent's rim, as of May 9.  On May 3, NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of Kilauea's plume from space.Image: NASA"It's a really big hole and a lot more rocks can now fall in," said Krippner.  When these rocks hit the gaseous lava, it stirs up these gases, she said, resulting in the vibrant plume. Volcanologists on the island are now warning about truly explosive activity from this overlook vent, which might occur when the lava drops beneath the tropical island's rich water table. This has happened before, most strikingly in 1924 when rock falls plugged the vent, and steam from the water table caused a massive pressure build-up — and explosion.  These sorts of eruptions are not nearly on the scale of the ominous and historically deadly volcanoes found along the meeting of tectonic plates, like Italy's Mount Vesuvius or Washington state's Mount St. Helens.  But locally, they can still be quite threatening. Nearly a century ago, rocks up to 14 tons were shot out of Halema'uma'u over a two and a half week period.  WATCH: NASA's TESS planet-finder satellite just rode a Falcon 9 to space



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Hawaii braces for worse lava flows from erupting volcano

Hawaii braces for worse lava flows from erupting volcanoBy Terray Sylvester PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) – More destructive lava flows could soon hit Hawaii’s Big Island as the Kilauea volcano erupts, posing a greater threat than oozing magma that has so far destroyed dozens of homes and forced thousands to evacuate, scientists said. As a lava lake at Kilauea’s summit drains inside the volcano, magma is running underground. It could burst to the surface as large, fast-moving and intensely hot lava flows and produce higher levels of toxic gases, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist-in-charge Tina Neal said.



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Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Is Still Erupting. Here's What to Know if You're Traveling to Hawaii

Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Is Still Erupting. Here's What to Know if You're Traveling to HawaiiKeep your vacation safe



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Toxic gas follows molten lava as erupting Hawaii volcano destroys homes

Toxic gas follows molten lava as erupting Hawaii volcano destroys homesResidents evacuated from homes threatened by a volcanic eruption spewing lava and gas on Hawaii's Big Island were able to make a quick return visit on Sunday to rescue pets, medicines and essential documents. Authorities said more lava fissures opened overnight in the Leilani Estates area, where lava leapt up to 230 feet (70 metres) into the air. Nine homes had been destroyed, the Hawaii County Civil Defence Agency said. Some of the nearly 2,000 residents evacuated were allowed to go back during a 10-hour window on Sunday to pick up valuables, the agency said on Facebook, so long as conditions permitted. The Lanipuna Gardens neighbourhood remained off-limits due to dangerous volcanic gases. "This is not the time for sightseeing," the agency said on social media, urging others to stay away from the community about a dozen miles (19 km) from where the Kilauea volcano erupted on Thursday. No injuries or deaths have been reported. The southeast corner of the island was rocked by a powerful magnitude 6.9 earthquake on the volcano's south flank on Friday, the strongest tremor since 1975, and more earthquakes and eruptions were forecast, perhaps for months to come. Lava from a fissure slowly advancing to the northeast on Hookapu Street in Leilani Estates, Hawaii Credit: US Geological Survey/HO/AFP Photo Although no significant lava flows have yet formed, additional outbreaks of lava, which can reach temperatures of about 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit (1,150 Celsius), were expected. The rest of the island and state were conducting business as usual with no impact to flights to tourism centers, state officials said. "The area where lava is coming to the surface is very far from resort areas," said George Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Petra Wiesenbauer, owner of Hale Moana Hawaii Bed and Breakfast, evacuated on Friday evening with her two teenage children and pets. Kilauea volcano – Hawaii – locator map "Now we are just trying to make plans for the future," she said. "There is no telling when or if we'll ever be able to go back in." US Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, a Democrat, called on federal officials to quickly respond to needs such as short- and long-term housing and infrastructure repairs. Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes and one of five on the island, has been in constant eruption for 35 years.



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Hawaii braces for long upheaval as erupting Kilauea boils

Hawaii braces for long upheaval as erupting Kilauea boilsPAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Hundreds of anxious residents on the Big Island of Hawaii hunkered down Saturday for what could be weeks or months of upheaval as the dangers from an erupting Kilauea volcano continued to grow.



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The Latest: Officials say Hawaii volcano still erupting

The Latest: Officials say Hawaii volcano still eruptingPAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on the eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano that sent molten lava through forest land and bubbling up on paved streets (all times local):



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