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Hawaii volcano ‘not safe’ to roast marshmallows over, says USGS

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Hawaii Kilauea volcano can generate a lot of heat of the bright orange lava and volcanic vents on the Big Island, but don’t even try to treat it as the greatest campfire and roasting marshmallows over it.

If the volcano continues to spew lava, clouds of ash and deadly sun, the U. S. Geological Survey is providing constant updates on Twitter on the status of lava and ash clouds. The agency is also answering questions from other users about the science behind the ongoing eruptions, all kinds of questions.

On Tuesday, Twitter user wrote, “Is it safe to roast marshmallows over the volcanic vents? In the assumption that you have a long enough stick, that is? Or would the resulting marshmallows toxic?”

Erm…we’re going to have to say no, that is not safe. (Please do not try!!!) If the vent is emitting much of the SO2 or H2S, they would be in POOR taste. And if you add sulphuric acid (vog) to sugar, you get a pretty spectacular response.

— USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) 29 May 2018

The USGS responded, “Um…we’re going to have to say no, that is not safe. (Please do not try!!!)”

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The agency said that when a volcanic vent is emitting a lot of sulphur dioxide or hydrogen sulphide), a marshmallows that could get roasted would taste “BAD.”

A lava flow advances down Leilani Street in the near Nohea Street, in the Leilani Estates near Pahoa, Hawaii, USA, May 27, 2018.

(REUTERS/Marco Garcia)

Any sulphuric acid in the air, which come into contact with the sweet marshmallows, including vog (volcanic smog) would the creation of a “spectacular response”, says the USGS.

HAWAII VOLCANO: WHY THE KILAUEA LAVA IS CAUSED BY THE EERIE BLUE FLAMES

Scientists have said that the higher sulphur dioxide emissions on the volcano’s openings in the past few days are creating the potential for heavier than normal vog. So far the trade winds are usually blowing the gray haze offshore.

The cracks in the ground are not only exudes warmth, but also eerie blue flames as lava burns vegetation on the Big Island.

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Eerie blue flames come from the Hawaii Kilauea Volcano

The U. S. Geological Survey has posted images of the strange blue burning flames on her Facebook and Twitter accounts. Caused by methane gas, the flames were observed to have cracks in a street in Hawaii Leilani Estates Subdivision on May 22.

“Like hot lava to the grave of plants and shrubs, methane gas is produced as a by-product of the burning of vegetation,” the USGS said. “Methane gas can seep into underground cavities and explode on heating, or as in this video, the occurrence of cracks in the ground a few meters away from the lava. When ignited, the methane produces a blue flame.”

Intermittent short bursts of methane are visible in the video, such as “lava fountaining,” which occurs when a jet of lava sprayed into the air by the rapid formation and expansion of gas bubbles in molten rock.

Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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