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Photo: Man plays golf in the face of erupting volcano

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An erupting volcano is a serious hazard, but it's reasonable to assume these guys only want to know if said hazard is lateral.

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has destroyed 36 structures, including 26 homes, since it first began releasing lava on May 3, according to NBC News, which provides these details:

If Hawaii's Kilauea volcano blows its top in the coming days or weeks, as experts fear, it could hurl ash and boulders the size of refrigerators miles into the air, shutting down airline traffic and endangering lives in all directions, scientists say.

"If it goes up, it will come down,' said Charles Mandeville, volcano hazards coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey. "You don't want to be underneath anything that weighs 10 tons when it's coming out at 120 mph."

And yet, here we see - courtesy Getty Images and photographer Mario Tama - a man holding his finish as a plume of ash rises into the air behind him.

Golf Advisor offers this additional info on the course: Situated on the rim of the active Kilauea volcanic crater, the Volcano Golf Course lies in the cool Hawaiian highlands 4,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean, with sweeping vistas of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. The 6,547-yard course, which dates back to 1920, will remain open for the foreseeable future, according to Ken Yoshitomi, a member of the office staff who answered the phone Thursday.

"Personally, I don't feel too badly," Yoshitomi said when I asked him if he felt safe. "The residents here haven't evacuated or anything."

No - no, they haven't.