Natural Disaster
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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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Kilauea spews lava into the ocean

by Leigh Jones
Posted 5/21/18, 10:46 am

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano spewed lava into the ocean Sunday, creating a toxic cloud of acid and tiny glass shards. Officials warned residents and curious visitors to stay away from the coast and the rivers of lava now pouring down the sides of the mountain. The cloud drifted as far as 15 miles west of the point where the lava gushed into the ocean on the Big Island’s southern coast. Kilauea began erupting two weeks ago when fissures started opening in the ground near the mountain’s base.

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