Natural Disaster
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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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Hawaii braces for volcanic eruption

by Leigh Jones
Posted 5/10/18, 10:36 am

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will close Friday ahead of an expected eruption of the Kilauea volcano, which could send steam, ash, gravel, and boulders as big as six feet wide shooting up from the crater. Conditions in the volcano’s lava lake mirror those observed in 1924, the last time Kilauea had a major summit eruption. Scientists are monitoring the lake level as it drops because once it dips below the water table, the steam buildup will trigger an eruption. The U.S. Geological Survey warned the eruption could come as early as mid month.

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