Nearly two weeks after the Kilauea volcano’s decades-long eruption sent lava shooting up from the ground, Hawaii police are warning residents and tourists from taking selfies in dangerous areas.

As many photos from the lava sites have become popularized on social media, authorities are emphasizing the risks of visiting the rivers of molten lava, much less snapping selfies.

“The fissures are deadly, very deadly. We’re currently in a condition red because of the increased ash in the area,” Alan Richmond, spokesman for the Hawaii Police Department, tells PEOPLE of the latest status surrounding the Kilauea volcano.

“We’ve had no injuries which is the good news. The danger is that there will be rocks and debris falling further down into the crater and when the lava hits the water table, there’s an explosion,” Richmond says. “Everybody is on standby. It’s a dicey situation and no one knows how long it will last and how it will end, just dealing with Mother Nature.”

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On the increasing amount of visitors seeking lava selfies, Richmond says there have been precautions to notify people of the threatening areas.

“We’ve had roadblocks set up in the area unless they have been issued a placard which shows that they are residents. They have been evacuated due to a large part of being dangerous and don’t know the predictability of further fissures opening up,” he explains.

“We’re trying to protect the people and their property. They don’t know if they’re going to come back to a home or not. So far we’ve lost 36 homes,” Richmond says.

The lava bursts came after hundreds of earthquakes rattled the area for days, with quakes measuring magnitudes of 5.0 or higher, according to …read more

Source:: People.com

      

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