Natural Disaster
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Hawaiians assess damage as Kilauea calms

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/12/18, 11:55 am

Emergency management officials in Hawaii began allowing some residents to return to their homes on the Big Island as the Kilauea volcano settled into a more predictable pattern. The volcano began spewing lava from vents in the ground at the beginning of May.

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Colorado wildfire forces national forest closure

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/12/18, 09:20 am

Federal officials in Colorado closed the San Juan National Forest for the first time in its 113-year history on Tuesday as a wildfire raging nearby consumed 22,131 acres. This is the first time a national forest has closed in the state since 2002, but parks in Arizona and New Mexico have already closed this year. Drought conditions in the region helped fuel the 416 fire in the southwestern part of the state. Officials aren’t sure how it started.

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Volcanos in Hawaii, Guatemala wreak havoc

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 6/06/18, 11:30 am

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds of homes overnight Tuesday. No injuries were reported in the two oceanfront communities where residents evacuated last week. Lava flowing from cracks in the ground already destroyed over 100 homes. “We don’t have an estimate yet, but safe to say that hundreds of homes were lost in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland last night,” said Janet Snyder, a spokeswoman for Hawaii County. Officials on a Wednesday morning overflight said lava completely filled Kapoho Bay and covered most of the two communities.

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