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Kilauea Volcano In Hawaii Has Covered Almost 4 Square Miles In Lava

Kilauea Volcano In Hawaii Has Covered Almost 4 Square Miles In Lava

County officials said the plugged wells were stable and being monitored, and no unsafe gases have been released, such as hydrogen sulfide - a colorless, flammable gas that can be emitted by volcanoes or when organic matter and waste break down.

A fast-moving lava flow from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano led officials to close a highway on Tuesday and warn that sharp, thin strands of volcanic glass fibers carried on the wind could injure eyes and lungs, in its biggest eruption cycle in a century. Areas among Kamaili Road are experiencing elevated levels of sulfur dioxide, Civil Defense said.

Explosions at the summit of Kilauea volcano and the fountaining of lava at fissures are blowing volcanic gases, pollution and ash around the island.

The US Geological Survey has responded to a social media query on whether it is safe to roast marshmallows over a volcanic vent.

The lava has destroyed 82 structures on the Hawaii island, and another 37 structures have become inaccessible in the last days, Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno told CNN.

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Petra Weisenbauer is also reeling from the ongoing eruptions.

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. Hundreds of people have been ordered to leave the vicinity of one of the world's most active volcanoes. At least 51 homes have been destroyed since the volcanic emergency began, and more than 2,000 people have fled the area.

Both gases are colorless, but hydrogen sulfide carries an "offensive odor", says the USGS, similar to the smell of a sewer, or farts.

Additional explosive events that could produce minor amounts of ash fall downwind are possible at any time.

We will update this story as needed.


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