Here's why you shouldn't roast marshmallows over lava

Magma has drained from Kilauea's summit lava lake and flowed around 40km east underground bursting out of about two dozen giant cracks or fissures near the plant

The lava is flowing from about two dozen fissures, the first of which opened more than three weeks ago. Lava has already overrun the main road, Highway 132, leaving people in about 500 homes and vacation rentals with just one escape route left.

The lava flows on Tuesday came a day after Hawaii County officials knocked on doors on several streets in the Leilani Estates subdivision alerting residents to flee.

Fast-moving lava from the Kilauea volcano is spreading on Hawaii's Big Island, leaving a trail of fire and destruction in its wake.

Early Wednesday morning Fissure 8 fueled a river of lava that moved at an accelerated pace down Highway 132, traveling nearly a half-mile in 80 minutes, the Civil Defense Agency said.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a fast-moving lava flow is now traveling down Highway 132 near the intersection of Noni Farms road.

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Lava sends up clouds of steam and toxic gases as it enters the Pacific Ocean as Kilauea Volcano continues its eruption cycle near Pahoa on the island of Kilauea, Hawaii.

The U.S. Geological Survey said on Twitter on Monday that roasting marshmallows over the lava oozing out of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is not a good idea.

"You are at risk of being isolated due to possible lava inundation of Beach Road near Four Corners", the agency advised the public, referring to the area where two highways intersect.

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim on Wednesday renewed an emergency proclamation for 60 more days, allowing construction of temporary shelters and other relief projects to proceed on an expedited basis, without reviews and permits normally required.

Often, sulfur dioxide emitted from Kilauea creates volcanic smog, or "vog", so the USGS half-joked that a chemical reaction might occur between the sulfur-rich vog and the sugar-rich marshmallows.

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Explosions at the summit were sending small bursts of volcanic ash as high as 15,000 feet.

The lava breached the property overnight. Authorities are telling residents to minimize their exposure to these to avoid skin irritation.

The eruption of Kilauea volcano, a major tourist attraction on the Big Island, has not affected flights in the area but its eruption is expected to affect tourism. "Donna's house is gone". But National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Birchard told reporters during a conference call that most of the ash was blowing out to sea on the prevailing trade winds, then dissipating quickly.

In fact, the current lava eruptions in Puna are as hot as Hawaii's lava will ever get.

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