Moving lava threatens more homes on Hawaii's Big Island

Earth Observatory shows a network of lava fissures pouring towards the Pacific Ocean

In this Saturday, May 26, 2018, image released by the U.S. Geological Survey HVO shows an aerial view of fissure 22 looking toward the south, as Kilauea Volcano continues its eruption cycle near Pahoa on the island of Kilauea, Hawaii.

In a recent status update, USGS said Fissure 8 fountained as high as 200 feet into the air.

The warning came in an exchange of tweets with a curious islander, who wanted to know if it was OK to bake the candies over lava from Kilauea "assuming you had a long enough stick". "And if you add sulfuric acid (in vog [volcanic smog], for example) to sugar, you get a pretty spectacular reaction".

While eruptions continue at the main crater, Kilauea's lava flows have also proven extremely unsafe for bystanders and residents who refused to evacuate.

Kilauea's main crater at the volcano's summit has continued to periodically belch ash high up into the sky but the National Weather Service says most of the ash is blowing out to sea then dissipating quickly.

According to local reports, lava has already overrun two of 11 wells on the plant, but state officials say they think that the plant's wells will hold and unsafe hydrogen sulfide will not be released.

Maps of current lava flows and fissures are available at the USGS website, and alerts and evacuations are available on the Hawaii Civil Defense Agency website.

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Thousands more have been forced to flee but a massive lava flow heading for a key coastal road - used as the main escape route for residents - is in danger of being cut off. As trade winds diminish, the area affected by vog - or volcanic smog - could expand, the agency said.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed because of the volcanic activity at the summit and ongoing eruptions on Kilauea's eastern flanks. More than 240 people are now in a shelter, according to reports.

"We were sound asleep, and the police cars came through in a line, one behind the other with their sirens going, announcing they were evacuating on their loudspeaker systems", he said.

At least 82 homes have been destroyed in the southeastern corner of Big Island and about 2000 people have been ordered evacuated since Kilauea began erupting at the beginning of May.

One fountain of lava rose more than 200 feet (60 meters) at times on Monday, the Geological Survey said.

Leilani Estates resident Steve Gebbie said he lost his home to lava Sunday night. "Donna's house is gone".

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