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Soldier Climbs Over Railing, Falls Into Volcano

32-year-old survived, landing on narrow ledge in Kilauea caldera

(Newser) - The chief ranger of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is warning visitors to "never cross safety barriers, especially around dangerous and destabilized cliff edges," after a soldier did just that—and fell into the Kilauea volcano's caldera. The 32-year-old, reportedly on the Big Island for training exercises, had... More »

Experts See a 'Real Challenge' as Hawaii's Kilauea Pauses

3-month break in surface lava leaves plenty of uncertainty

(Newser) - Hawaii's Kilauea, given the highest overall threat score of any volcano in the country, appears to be calming down. The volcano that's been erupting almost continuously for 35 years, forcing thousands from their homes this spring and summer, has produced no surface lava on the Big Island, including... More »

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 »

Hawaii Has a Brand New Peninsula

Lava flows have added 700 acres of new land in all

(Newser) - If there's an upside to the ongoing and dangerous eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, it's perhaps plenty of new land. Lava flowing from fissures on the Big Island has expanded the coastline by some 700 acres, the equivalent of more than 500 football fields, reports CBS News... More »

'Lava Bomb' Doesn't End Hawaii Lava Boat Tours

They'll continue, but boat operators will stay farther away after explosion injured 23

(Newser) - Hawaii tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard's revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a vessel, injuring 23 people . The Coast Guard prohibits vessels from getting closer... More »

Lava Bomb Leaves 23 Injured on Hawaii Tour Boat

The smoldering chunk of rock went through the vessel's ceiling, authorities said

(Newser) - A Hawaii boat tour was cut short when a lava bomb punctured the vessel's roof on Monday morning. The smoldering hunk of rock, presumably from the island's erupting Kilauea volcano, left 23 people injured, per CNN . While a woman in her 20s reportedly suffered a fractured femur and... More »

Hawaii's Largest Freshwater Lake Is No More

Evaporated by lava flow, Green Lake may be gone for good

(Newser) - Kapoho Bay's famous tidal pools, eaten up by lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano this week, were apparently only dessert. On Saturday, Hawaii's largest freshwater lake disappeared in hours as lava rushed into it, reports NPR . On its way to the ocean, the lava flow sent a plume... 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 »

Danger at Hawaii Geothermal Plant More Real Than Ever

Officials fear an explosion could occur should the lava reach the plant's wells

(Newser) - Lava from the Kilauea volcano reached a geothermal power plant on the Big Island on Sunday, approaching wells that have been capped to protect against the release of toxic gas should they mix with lava, per the AP . The lava breached the property overnight and was within 200 yards of... 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 »

Man Hit by Lava Bomb: 'It's Just Been Amazing'

Darryl Clinton was defending homes in the neighborhood at the time

(Newser) - Darryl Clinton seemed confident in his lava-dodging abilities Friday as he showed reporters how to avoid chunks of molten rock spewing from a fissure near homes in the Pahoa area of Hawaii's Big Island. Given the arcing trajectory of the rock, "it's almost like catching a football,... More »

Toxic Steam Cloud Emerges Over Hawaii Ocean

Residents warned to steer clear

(Newser) - White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more than two weeks ago: A toxic steam cloud. Authorities on Sunday warned the public... 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 »

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