There's nothing quite like roasting marshmallows over a fire, is there? Not only do they taste gooey and delicious, it's one of those things that makes us feel nostalgic. Ah, those were the good ol' days. However, most of us roast our mallows over a campfire and not a live volcano. While that may seem like common sense, someone actually asked the US Geological Survey if it was safe to do, if you were sure the stick was long enough.
Lava outbreak just a few miles from my home here on Big Island. Air is clear we are upwind. Feeling the feels packing up my life I have been building here the last 2.5 years. Praying our community and homestead is not in the path. Things are unpredictable~ can't know what will happen for sure. Many lessons on letting go and being present. Packed up and ready to leave! Hope it's not the last time I leave here! Please send prayers for all those struggling in Puna! #prayforpuna #repost #kileaua
The USGS took a break from tweeting about Hawaii's Kilauea Volcanic eruption when they saw the tweet directed at them from one user, Jay Furr asking about using a volcano instead of a campfire. The USGS said not only would it be extremely unsafe but the chemicals emitting from the volcano would make the marshmallows taste less than satisfying. They go on to say that adding sugar to sulfuric acid would have a "pretty spectacular reaction", although they don't specify what that would be.
The USGS has been very active on social media accounts lately, providing updates and formal warning in the weeks following the Kilauea eruption which caused many residents in surrounding areas to evacuate over safety fears. The lava slowly moved through residential areas, making its way into the ocean. The agency initially put the volcano on the highest possible alert, meaning that a eruption is imminent, underway, or suspected.
Located on Hawaii's Big Island, the volcano first burst into life on May 3rd, continuing to spurt lava, ash and toxic gases for weeks afterward. It's thought around 600 homes have been destroyed by the lava so far, with officials beginning to scale back operations to recovery action. Not only have hundreds of homes been lost, but a variety of other important buildings and a huge amount of land has been destroyed too.
It's thought that the threat level will remain as it is for now, as it's possible that another fissure will open, bringing with it strong flow from inactive air vents. This eruption is the deadliest in US history since the 1980 Mount St. Helen blast which killed more than 50 people.