It certainly looks like fine strands of shredded filo dough, but you don’t want any of this near your face. After all, it’s windblown threads of glass, which won’t exactly do wonders to your eyes, skin, bronchial tubes, or even your car’s windshield.
The USGS reports that “the northern lobe of the Fissure 8 flow appears to have stalled with only traces of smoke at the flow front, although there is some incandescence in the finger of that lobe that advanced along a low graben [a depressed block of Earth's crust between faults] a few nights ago.”
At the same time, they note that no other fissures are active at present.
"The eruption in the Lower East Rift Zone is a really standard progression for eruptions at Kilauea," Dr Wendy Stovall, a senior volcanologist with the USGS, told IFLScience. "Typically fissures form, then eventually activity is focused down into a single point-source location.
"For this eruption it is Fissure 8," she said, adding that "it's more profuse than others and has been longer lived than others."
Whenever this particular eruption comes to an end, it’s clear that it’s left its mark on Big Island.
New land has been created, the drainage of the summit crater’s lava lake has caused it to collapse and expand by at least one order of magnitude – and most significantly, lava has destroyed entire neighborhoods. Fortunately, thanks to the stellar work of the USGS and the authorities, there have been zero casualties so far.
In fact, far from just advancing our scientific knowledge, these drones have actually saved lives.