Natural Disaster
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Kilauea’s worsening eruption prompts mandatory evacuations

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/01/18, 09:16 am

Hawaiian officials issued mandatory evacuation orders Thursday for two coastal neighborhoods hit hardest by molten lava flowing from the Big Island’s Kilauea volcano. The fissures that began appearing in the Leilani Estates neighborhood about a month ago now total 24. The lava has destroyed at least 77 homes in the area and on Wednesday began moving so rapidly that officials feared residents would get cut off from their only escape route.

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Maryland community devastated by flash flood

by Leigh Jones
Posted 5/28/18, 08:37 am

Heavy rain in Maryland over the weekend triggered flash floods that roared through a community devastated less than two years ago by another flood. Sunday’s flooding swept through historic downtown Ellicott City, set along the west bank of Maryland's Patapsco River and about 13 miles west of Baltimore. “They say this is a once every 1,000-year flood and we've had two of them in two years,” Gov. Larry Hogan said.

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Kilauea’s lava flows threaten to cut off rural community

by Leigh Jones
Posted 5/25/18, 12:32 pm

Three rivers of lava spewing from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano are now flowing into the ocean, prompting officials to warn residents to prepare for more evacuations. If the lava looks like it might cross a highway in the Big Island’s mostly rural community—cutting residents off from the only route to grocery stores, schools, and hospitals—officials will order them to leave. The U.S.

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