Natural Disaster
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Hawaiian volcano erupts, prompts emergency evacuations

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/04/18, 09:52 am

Hawaiian officials evacuated more than 1,500 residents from homes near the Big Island’s Kilauea volcano after it erupted and spewed lava through residential streets. Officials said steam and lava poured from a crack in a road in the Leilani Estates subdivision, near the town of Pahoa. Aerial video footage also showed lava flowing through the nearby forest. State and federal officials started to warn residents earlier in the week to prepare for evacuation, since an eruption would give little warning. Authorities recorded hundreds of earthquakes in the area, starting Monday.

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Puerto Rico without power

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 4/18/18, 12:48 pm

Puerto Rico is without power after an islandwide blackout on Wednesday morning. The U.S. territory, home to approximately 3 million people, has struggled with an increasingly unstable power grid in the seven months since Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm, hit the island. Last week, 870,000 customers lost electricity in a widespread 24-hour outage. More than 40,000 power customers have not had electricity service since the Sept. 20 storm. Electric Power Authority spokeswoman Yohari Molina on Wednesday said crews are investigating the cause.

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Smelling for smoke

Essay | Facing a familiar forecast on the one-year anniversary of a wildfire that destroyed all
by John R. Erickson
Posted 3/17/18, 01:34 pm

March 6, 2017, had an ominous feel about it. The day was unusually warm for March and by 11 o’clock, the wind was howling out of the southwest, gusting to 50 mph. Everyone living on a ranch in the Texas Panhandle was aware that, for three days, the National Weather Service had issued red flag warnings for this day: extreme danger of wildfires.

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