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Americans May Not Want to Live Near the 'Big 18'

USGS puts these US volcanoes in the 'very high threat' category

(Newser) - Government scientists have classified 18 US volcanoes as "very high threat" because of what's been happening inside them and how close they are to people. The US Geological Survey has updated its volcano threat assessments for the first time since 2005, per the AP , and the danger list... More »

Hawaii Manhunt Underway After Cop Killed Near Lava Zone

Bronson Kaimana Kaliloa first officer to be fatally shot on Big Island

(Newser) - A suspect wanted in the killing of the first police officer to be fatally shot on Hawaii's Big Island likely remains hidden on the mostly rural eastern side of the vast island, authorities said Thursday. A manhunt has been underway since Justin Waiki allegedly shot and killed Officer Bronson... More »

Two Volcanos, Two Very Different Outcomes

Scientists explain why Guatemala’s volcano has been so much more deadly than Hawaii's

(Newser) - The eruptions of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano and Guatemala’s Fuego volcano are both devastating but in very different ways, reports the New York Times . The Kilauea eruption has been a slow-motion disaster, steadily destroying homes for a month but presenting little threat to people, while the Fuego eruption has... More »

117 Homes Had Been Lost to Lava. Now, Hundreds More

'It's not our land,' says one resident of Vacationland

(Newser) - Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds more homes, overtaking two oceanfront communities where residents were advised to evacuate last week, officials said Tuesday. No injuries were reported as most residents had left. The lost homes were in addition to at least 117 others destroyed since lava began spilling... More »

USGS: Please Don't Roast Marshmallows Over Kilauea

Unless you want to see a 'spectacular reaction,' and not in a good way, USGS warns

(Newser) - It's officially barbecue season, though one place you shouldn't plan on making s'mores is over the lava-spurting Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island. It's hard to believe the US Geological Survey should have to say this, but the agency issued just such a warning Monday... More »

Dangerous 'Vog' in Hawaii is Creating Stunning Sunsets

The mix of Kilauea's gases and particles is dangerous but can be beautiful

(Newser) - Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has had it all over the past three weeks: molten rock shooting toward the sky, lava oozing from the ground and ash clouds rising miles into the air. You can also add "vog" to the mix, per the AP . Scientists say higher... More »

Video Shows 'Very Eerie' Blue Flames in Hawaii

Rare images show blue flames burning from cracks made by erupting volcano

(Newser) - Scientists in Hawaii have captured rare images of blue flames burning from cracks in the pavement as the Kilauea volcano gushes fountains of lava in the background, offering insight into a new dimension in the volcano's weeks-long eruption. Volcanos produce methane when hot lava buries and burns plants and... More »

Volcano Erupts Again, Sends Ash Plume 30K Feet Up

Residents as many as 30 miles away starting to feel the effects

(Newser) - Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupted anew early Thursday with little sound and only modest fury, spewing a steely gray plume of ash about 30,000 feet into the sky that began raining down on a nearby town. The explosion at the summit came shortly after 4am following two weeks of... More »

In Hawaii, a Powerful Eruption Looms

Quakes damage roads as the Kilauea volcano spews ash

(Newser) - Earthquakes damaged roads and buildings on Hawaii's Big Island on Wednesday as ash emissions streamed from the Kilauea volcano. The strongest shaking was recorded around 8:30am, measured as a 4.4 magnitude earthquake, the AP reports. The floor of the summit crater has also dropped about 3 feet,... More »

50 US Volcanoes Are Being Closely Watched

There are 169 active ones nationwide

(Newser) - The ongoing eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has brought fresh attention to America's other active or potentially active volcanoes—and there are more of them than many people think, including quite a few in the Lower 48 states, though eruptions aren't a major worry for states like... More »

New Lava Fissure Destroys Building in Hawaii

Latest vent forces more evacuations

(Newser) - A new fissure in Hawaii's Puna District sent gases and lava exploding into the air on Sunday, spurring officials to call for more evacuations as residents waited for a possible major eruption at Kilauea volcano's summit. Hawaii County Civil Defense issued an emergency cellphone alert after the fissure... More »

Hawaii Volcano Spurs New Worry: Risk of 'Vog'

Kilauea may force more mass evacuations

(Newser) - The ongoing eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is creating new worries for residents—including the risk of "vog," or volcanic smog. Big Island residents have been warned that a change in the wind is expected to increase the risk of vog, which contains potentially deadly sulfur dioxide... More »

USGS: Hawaii Volcano Could Erupt Explosively

Kilauea could spew rocks for miles

(Newser) - Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could soon send boulders and ash shooting out of its summit crater in the kind of explosive eruption last displayed nearly a century ago. The risk will rise as lava drains from the summit crater down the flank of the volcano, and explosions could occur if... More »

Lava Destroys Dozens of Homes in Hawaii

There's no end in sight to volcanic activity, scientists warn

(Newser) - As lava, toxic gases, and steam continue to burst through new vents in the ground of a Hawaii neighborhood, the 1,700 people evacuated from the area have no idea when they might be able to go home—and some no longer have homes to return to. Hawaii County officials... More »

Hawaii Declares Emergency as Massive Volcano Erupts

Big Island neighborhood evacuated

(Newser) - Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has erupted, prompting Gov. David Ige to declare a state of emergency and activate the National Guard. Soldiers have been called in to assist with the mandatory evacuation of the Leilani Estates neighborhood in the Puna district of Big Island, which is in danger of being... More »

Family Builds New Home as Lava Consumes Old One

It took them 3 weeks to move their 80 rabbits, goats, chickens, cows, and sheep

(Newser) - The family that lost their rented house to the lava flow creeping its way across Hawaii's Big Island this week just so happens to be pouring the foundation for a new one at the same time. Margaret and John Byrd had lived on the large property with their family... More »

Hawaii Lava Flow Engulfs First Home

It's been inching its way toward evacuated residences since June

(Newser) - Kilauea in Hawaii has been an active volcano since 1983, and it's just claimed its first house. The 2,000-degree Fahrenheit lava flow has been inching its way toward the remote Pahoa village since June, reports CNN , so residents have long since cleared out, catching glimpses of the state... More »

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