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The U.S. Geological Survey, which has been tirelessly working for weeks to keep Hawaiians safe from the aftermath of Kilauea's volcanic eruption earlier this month, just replied to a Twitter user asking the most unexpected of questions-whether it's safe to use volcanic vents as culinary tools or not.

Since the tweet was made, it has been retweeted close to 100 times, and people other than the USGS are responding. "Assuming you had a long enough stick, that is", Vermont resident Jay Furr wrote in a message to the USGS volcanoes account.

"Erm.we're going to have to say no, that's not safe".

"If the vent is emitting a lot of SO2 [sulfur dioxide] or H2S [hydrogen sulfide], they would taste BAD". Vog is a haze created when sulfur dioxide gas and other volcanic pollutants settle with moisture and dust.

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano generated a fast-moving lava flow that shut down a major road on Tuesday, leaving only one way out of the area and spurring a new round of evacuation orders.

Fissures No. 6, 13 and 22 have been the most active, flowing to the southeast into the ocean, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Volcanic gas emissions remain high from the eruption and wind conditions for Wednesday were forecast to result in widespread vog - or volcanic smog - over the Big Island.

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Park officials said that crews are working on clearing another roadway on the south side of the park that was covered by lava from previous eruptions.

Hawaii County officials said lava destroyed the local electric utility's equipment on the highway, which knocked out power to Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots neighborhoods toward the coast.

A decrease in trade winds could also see ashfall in communities around the Kilauea volcano's summit, with ash continuing to erupt from a crater there, the USGS said.

With its red-hot rivers of lava have destroyed dozens of homes on Hawaii's Big Island, with 2,000 people being told to leave their properties.

Early Wednesday, 200-foot-high lava flows were raining black pumice rocks onto the ground below and feeding lava flows to the northeast.

Leilani Estates resident Steve Gebbie told CNN he lost his home to lava Sunday night.

As the Guardian reports, the Marshall Islands are now covered in a haze of volcanic smog (called vog for short) which is hampering visibility and could cause problems for those with respiratory issues. "Donna's house is gone".

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