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May 15 10:17

See lava spew hundreds of feet into air

More Hawaii residents have been told to evacuate as two new fissures open and volcanoes spew lava and fumes. CNN's Scott McLean reports.Source: CNN

May 15 10:12

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center Updates Animation of Big Island Quakes and Eruptions

May 14 17:36

Hawaii civil defence issues WARNING as Kilauea Volcano releases POISONOUS gas

The Hawaii State Department of Health has reported that the current eruption activity is producing dangerous Sulfur Dioxide.

This is hazardous, especially for the elderly, young children and babies.

People who are downwind or close to the vents and lava flows are at high risk.

The Civil Defence said: “Be aware of the unpredictable nature of dangerous levels of SO2 gas because it can be carried far from the fissures with wind speed and direction.”

May 14 14:38

Two more volcano fissures opened in Hawaii, hurling lava bombs hundreds of feet

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano continues to break new ground, opening giant fissures in the earth that are spewing lava hundreds of feet into the air. Two new fissures erupted this weekend and prompted officials to evacuate more residents.

Authorities issued evacuation orders via cellphone early Sunday morning when an 18th fissure was discovered, the Associated Press reported. Two shelters opened nearby to house families and pets.

May 14 10:08

Hawaii volcano prompts 'ring of fire' fears for West Coast

As Hawaii prepares for a possible "explosive eruption," confusion has arisen about the relationship between Kilauea and the West Coast's "ring of fire" volcanoes.

But experts say there's not cause for concern for those who live near "ring of fire" volcanoes. Here's everything you need to know.

WHAT IS THE RING OF FIRE?

The ring of fire is a series of volcanoes encircling the Pacific Ocean. It's known for eruptions caused by movements of tectonic plates. The 25,000 mile-stretch of 450 volcanoes forms a horseshoe shape. Many of these volcanoes may erupt at the same time, as it is all one dynamic system, AccuWeather explains.

Many of the most dangerous volcanoes in the country are a part of the ring of fire, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. These include Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier in Washington; Mount Hood and South Sister in Oregon; and Mount Shasta and Lassen Volcanic Center in California.

IS HAWAII PART OF THE RING OF FIRE?

May 14 10:07

18 lava outbreaks, a jungle ablaze and a Hawaii volcano still poised to explode

Frustration, anxiety and unpredictable 2,000-degree lava are taking their toll on volcano evacuees on Hawaii’s Big Island while they await an “imminent” eruption that could rain down car-size boulders and ash onto this tropical paradise.

About 1,700 people have been barred from their homes for 10 days as the Kilauea volcano pours lava through a rural neighborhood about 35 miles from Hilo, the island’s largest city.

May 14 10:03

Hawaii volcano eruption: Tourists banned as expert says eruption could last YEARS

HAWAII volcano Mount Kilauea is close to an explosive eruption according to experts after another fissure opened up on the Big Island spewing hot lava and toxic gas.

And the threat of an eruption could last years, according to some experts, with tourists now being sent packing to save water.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory warned the Halema'uma'u Crater could blow due to the withdrawal of lava at Kilauea’s summit lake.

May 14 10:00

EXPLOSION FEARS CONTINUE ON HAWAII'S KILAUEA SUMMIT

The 18th fissure opened Sunday morning, prompting more evacuations.

Residents near the newest one say it sounded like explosions were going off as the ground broke open.

And many are now waiting for what experts say could be a major eruption at Kilauea volcano's summit. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed.

Spectrum Bay News 9's weather experts say the Hawaiian islands were actually formed by volcanoes that started millions of years ago.

Just below the earth's crust is a magma chamber that feeds into the volcanoes, which in turn continues spewing lava, making the islands even bigger.

"There's a hot spot underneath the big island, it's the newest island in the chain, and Kilauea is what forms on top," said Meteorologist Diane Kacmarik.

May 14 09:59

Hawaii volcano eruption: Kilauea 1,000ft fissure blasts ‘LAVA BOMBS’ into air

The 1,000ft-long (300 meters) crack in the earth appeared suddenly on Sunday morning and started pouring red-hot magma and thick smoke from both ends.

Officials have warned of a potential imminent explosion at the volcano’s summit which could scatter hot ash and debris for miles around.

Residents living close to the massive gouge have described a near-constant roar as the molten rock churns and ejects 100-pound globs of lava up to 100ft into the air.

Shocking pictures taken from a helicopter captured the vivd orange of the oozing molten rock and pitch black of the seared ground against the lush green of the Big Island landscape.

May 14 09:04

New fissure raises concerns about violent Hawaii volcano explosions

A 17th fissure spewing lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano formed in the southeast corner of the Big Island, officials said Sunday, raising anxieties as the state braces for potentially violent eruptions.

The new fissure, a crack in the ground allowing lava to pour out, comes as state and federal officials already warned residents in that corner of the island to be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice.

The fissure was spotted west of state Highway 132 and led state officials to call for some residents along Halekamahina Loop Road to leave their homes. Steam and lava spatter could be seen from the new fissure, officials said.

May 14 09:01

Police find high-powered rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in a Hawaii hotel room of man who claimed to be a federal agent in a string of disturbing social media posts

A large cache of loaded weapons was found after police raided a Waikiki hotel room in Honolulu, Hawaii Thursday.

The raid was prompted after FBI and Honolulu police were alerted to some disturbing posts on social media, they are currently investigating the situation.

The FBI contacted Honolulu police Thursday regarding a guest in room 803 at the Equus Hotel.

May 14 08:50

Huge fissure opens on Hawaiian volcano; some defy evacuation order

A massive new fissure opened on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, hurling bursts of rock and magma with an ear-piercing screech on Sunday as it threatened nearby homes within a zone where authorities had just ordered an evacuation.

The fissure, a vivid gouge of magma with steam and smoke pouring out both ends, was the 17th to open on the volcano since it began erupting on May 3. Dozens of homes have been destroyed and hundreds of people forced to evacuate in the past 10 days.

As seen from a helicopter, the crack appeared to be about 1,000 feet (300 meters) long and among the largest of those fracturing the side of Kilauea, a 4,000-foot-high (1,200-meter-high) volcano with a lake of lava at its summit.

May 14 08:40

How State Government fanned flames of volcano disaster

As lava engulfs the homes of many unfortunate Hawaii Island residents, it’s important to remember that the state originally encouraged the building of homes in this dangerous area by offering lava insurance where no private company would.

In the 1990s, the town of Kalapana was destroyed by lava, and soon afterward, private insurance companies, after suffering millions of dollars in losses, stopped insuring land in Lava Zones 1 and 2.

May 13 08:48

A Slow Emergency and a Sudden Slump

This type of motion is not new, it actually has a name. It is called the Hilina Slump. During the last strong quake in Hawaii, a magnitude 7.2 event on November 29th 1975, this slump slid toward the ocean by about 11 feet. Another temblor, the 7.9 magnitude Hawaii quake of 1868 caused the slump to move as well, resulting in a tsunami with a maximum wave height of about 60 feet.

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Following the 6.9 quakes, the south flank of Kilauea, below the rift, slid toward the ocean by 2 feet.

May 12 10:41

Hawaii braces for worse lava flows from erupting volcano

More destructive lava flows could soon hit Hawaii’s Big Island as the Kilauea volcano erupts, posing a greater threat than oozing magma that has so far destroyed dozens of homes and forced thousands to evacuate, scientists said.

As a lava lake at Kilauea’s summit drains inside the volcano, magma is running underground. It could burst to the surface as large, fast-moving and intensely hot lava flows and produce higher levels of toxic gases, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist-in-charge Tina Neal said.

“What will take a turn for the worse in terms of hazard is if hotter, fresher magma makes it to the surface, and that could be what is coming,” Neal told a conference call on Friday. “Once a new batch of hotter, gassier magma makes it to the surface we might see larger, higher eruption rates.”

May 12 10:40

Hawaii officials hope Kilauea volcano eruption won't deter travelers

Hawaii tourism officials are hoping Kilauea's eruption won't deter travelers from visiting the state's largest island -- even as geologists warn the volcano could soon shoot large boulders out of its summit. Travel industry executives note that most of the Big Island is free of eruption threats from Kilauea, which began spewing lava and gas into a residential neighborhood earlier this month.

The Big Island is "immense" and there are large parts that are unaffected by the volcano, said George Szigeti, CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

May 12 09:08

Trump approves disaster aid for Hawaii's Big Island as aerial photos show huge fissures in the land and lava swallowing homes, as thousands more are told to get ready to flee Kilauea eruption

President Donald Trump has issued a presidential disaster declaration for Hawaii's Big Island as the state copes with Kilauea volcano's eruption.

Hawaii Governor David Ige said on Friday the declaration means federal assistance will be available as the state covers costs associated with damaged roads, public parks, schools and water pipes. The funds, approved one day after Ige requested them, will also cover costs for geologists and security personnel at roadblocks.

Lava flows from Kilauea volcano have destroyed 36 structures, including 27 homes, as the state suffers from declining tourism despite assurances that most of its islands remain safe. The lava flowing from 15 fissures now covers more than 117 acres.

On Friday, Hawaii County Civil Defense warned residents of lower Puna to prepare to evacuate on short notice, in the event of possible gas emissions and volcanic eruption.

May 11 12:44

Jimmy Buffett - Volcano

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Lot of people singing this song here in the islands! :)

May 11 11:46

Hawaii alerted to rising levels of toxic gas and geologists warn new areas may be at risk to molten rock bursting from the ground

Residents on the Big Island of Hawaii were alerted on Thursday to rising levels of toxic gas from lava-oozing fissures, and geologists warned that new areas east of the erupting Kilauea volcano may be at risk to molten rock bursting from the ground.

Hawaii County authorities sent a text message to residents of the southeast corner of the island notifying them that a wind change would bring rising levels of sulfur dioxide gas, which can be fatal if inhaled in large quantities.

"Due to decreasing trade winds, residents are advised to monitor their sensitivity to increased levels of SO2," the text message sent at 9:22 a.m. said.

May 11 09:20

Hawaii Volcano Eruption Update - Thursday Night (May 10, 2018)

May 11 08:55

HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY STATUS REPORT

High levels of unrest related to the intermittent eruption of lava in Leilani Estates in the lower East Rift Zone of K?lauea Volcano continue. While no lava was noted erupting today from any of the 15 fissure vents formed thus far, earthquake activity, ground deformation, and continuing high emission rates of sulphur dioxide indicate additional outbreaks of lava are likely. The location of future outbreaks is not known with certainty, but could include areas both uprift (southwest) and downrift (northeast) of the existing fissures, or resumption of activity at existing fissures.

May 11 08:54

Kilauea volcano in Hawaii building up to massive eruption, say scientists

A volcano in Hawaii that has been oozing lava and steam for days may be building up to a huge eruption, scientists have warned.

They are so concerned that the Volcanoes National Park has been closed.

It is the newest threat from the Kilauea volcano, which started to erupt eight days ago on the US state's Big Island, the National Park Service said.

Lava levels in the crater are going down, say scientists, which means it may be clogging up before a massive blast.

May 10 10:25

The newest threat from Kilauea: 'Explosive eruptions' at crater

Meanwhile, rockfalls from the crater’s walls and ash plumes are expected to continue as the lava lake drops.

That's exactly what happened Wednesday morning. The USGS said a rockfall (not water interacting with lava) generated a short-lived explosion at Halemaumau Crater, sending an ash column high into the air.

May 10 10:22

Will Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano explode?

The steady lowering of the lava lake in Overlook crater within Halema’uma’u at the summit of Kilauea Volcano has raised the potential for explosive eruptions in the coming weeks. If the lava column drops to the level of groundwater beneath Kilauea Caldera, influx of water into the conduit could cause steam-driven explosions. Debris expelled during such explosions could impact the area surrounding Halema’uma’u and the Kilauea summit. At this time, we cannot say with certainty that explosive activity will occur, how large the explosions could be, or how long such explosive activity could continue.

Residents of the Kilauea summit area should learn about the hazards of ashfall, stay informed of the status of the volcano and area closures, and review family and business emergency plans.

May 10 10:21

Hawaii volcano park to close on fears of a possible explosion

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.

Scientists said Wednesday the risks of an explosive summit eruption will rise in coming weeks as magma drains down the flank of the volcano toward the area where lava began erupting in a residential neighborhood last week.

May 10 09:23

Scientists: Explosive eruption risk rises for Hawaii volcano

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.

Scientists said Wednesday the risks of an explosive summit eruption will rise in coming weeks as magma drains down the flank of the volcano toward the area lava started erupting from fissures in a residential neighborhood last week.

A summit explosion could also release ash, steam and sulfur dioxide gas.

Kilauea has destroyed 36 structures — including 26 homes — since it began releasing lava from vents about 25 miles east of the summit crater. There are now 15 of the vents spread through the Leilani Estates and neighboring Lanipuna Gardens neighborhoods.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige said a geothermal energy plant near the lava outbreak was accelerating its removal of stored flammable gas as a precaution.

May 10 09:15

Hawaii Faces Acid Rain Threat After Lava Eruptions

For days, authorities have been warning residents of high levels of toxic sulfur dioxide being released from 14 fissures that have opened up in the Leilani Estates subdivision on the Big Island.

A disturbance is expected to approach Hawaii Thursday into Friday, which will increase the chance for rainfall, says weather.com meteorologist Linda Lam. Moisture will remain over the region this weekend which will result in showers in portions of Hawaii at times.

With rain in the forecasts, scientists say acid rain is a real possibility.

May 10 08:04

A devastating volcanic explosion in Hawaii could hurl six-foot boulders more than a MILE through the air, say scientists studying its eruption

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could soon send six-foot wide boulders flying more than a mile in an explosive eruption.

This would be the first time this rare type of explosion has occurred in nearly a century.

Scientists say the risks of an explosive eruption will rise in coming weeks, as magma drains down the flank of the erupting volcano.

A summit explosion could also release ash, steam and sulphur dioxide emissions, they say.

May 09 15:54

Hawaii volcano: 'EXPLOSION' at Kilauea volcano on Big Island - fears for MORE to come

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has been erupting for days following a strong earthquake earlier this month.

And Reuters news agency is now reporting an "explosion" on the Big Island volcano, hinting at more to come.

They said the US Geological Society had warned of a "fairly large explosion".

The USGS added: "May be first of a series of larger explosions."

May 09 11:06

Hawaii residents leave offerings for volcano goddess Pele as lava destroys homes

As molten lava continues its relentless, unstoppable flow down the Kilauea volcano, many on Hawaii's Big Island are looking to the ancient volcano goddess Pele for protection.

In Hawaiian folklore, Pele, or Pelehonuamea, is the ancient fire goddess, who lives in the Halema'uma'u crater at the top of Kilauea and is revered as the creator of Hawaii's landscape.

She's also known as Ka wahine 'ai honua, the woman who devours the Earth, which gives a sense of her destructive power.

May 09 11:05

People have tried to stop lava from flowing. This is why they failed

In other cases, explosive bombs were used in attempts to divert a lava flow.
One such example was in 1935 when a volcanic eruption on Mauna Loa sent lava toward the town of Hilo, on Hawaii's Big Island. Famed military leader George S. Patton, then a lieutenant colonel, oversaw a US Army operation in which military planes dropped bombs near the vent that was the source of the lava, according to the US Geological Survey.

The eruption ended six days later, but the effectiveness of disrupting lava channels with bombs remains in dispute, the USGS said.

After another Mauna Loa eruption in 1942, the US military bombed the channel walls of the lava flow. There were no significant effects, according to a research paper on the topic published in the Bulletin of Volcanology.

May 09 10:38

Is there such a thing as volcano insurance in Hawaii?

With homes destroyed and lava spraying into a Hawaiian neighborhood, the concern for many homeowners is: Will the damage be covered?

That really depends on the homeowner's insurance policy and how the home was damaged.

But there's no such a thing as volcano insurance or lava flow insurance, said Jerry Bump, chief deputy insurance commissioner at the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. It's such a specialty and so infrequent, that it's not available, he said.

However, damage could be covered if the homeowner had purchased a policy that covers all risk. But that kind of coverage is rare, hard-to-find and might be very expensive, Bump told CNN. It's unclear if any of the affected residents on Big Island has that kind of coverage.

May 09 10:30

Hawaii Kilauea volcano: 2 new fissures open up as 24-hour pause in volcanic activity ends

On Tuesday, scientists said the lava lake feeding the eruptions dropped significantly, and activity has decreased at all twelve fissures, or cracks, along a 2.5-mile span. But Hawaiian county officials said two new lava fissures had opened, bringing the total number fissures to 14, and ending a 24-hour pause in volcanic activity. The Hawaii Office of Emergency Management tweeted that everyone in Lanipuna must evacuate.

May 09 10:27

Days, Weeks, Years? Scientists Say Hawaii Volcano Eruption Has No End In Sight

The eruption at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano continues. The lava has now destroyed at least 35 structures and covered the equivalent of more than 75 football fields.

Scientists have been tracking this event since it started last week — but there are still big unanswered questions, the biggest of which is when it will end.

The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has been erupting for more than 30 years. Lava levels in the Pu'u O'o crater and the volcano's summit rose in recent weeks, says Wendy Stovall, a volcanologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. They were "inflating like a balloon, because magma was getting backed up from below," she says.

Then last week, the magma at Pu'u O'o plummeted. "The whole bottom of the crater floor dropped out and the magma completely drained away from that system," says Stovall.

May 09 08:56

Hawaii Volcano Eruption Update - Tuesday Night (May 8, 2018)

May 09 08:42

New volcano fissures force more evacuations on Hawaii's Big Island

Emergency crews ordered Hawaii residents to leave their homes after two new fissures opened up near the Kilauea volcano, almost a week after it started a series of huge explosions. People in the Lanipuna Gardens neighborhood in the southeast corner of Big Island were told there was an "immediate danger".

"The residents ... are going through a very difficult time. We ask for your understanding. We ask for your help," the Hawaii Civil Defense Agency said in an alert.

Kilauea started spewing fountains of lava as high as 300 feet (90 meters) into the air on Thursday. Walls of molten rock destroyed houses in the southeastern corner of the island as deadly volcanic gases rose through cracks in the earth.

Around 1,700 people have already been ordered to leave their properties. No deaths or major injuries have been reported. But two new fissures - the 13th and 14th - formed on Tuesday and started releasing toxic gases, the agency said.

May 09 08:33

Toxic gas reaches extreme levels as new fissures open

May 09 08:03

Hawaii governor appeals for federal help as NEW lava fissures open up and residents are told to 'go now' five days after Kilauea volcano first erupted

Hawaii governor David Ige has called for federal assistance as fissures keep spreading from the state's erupting Kilauea volcano, spewing lava and forcing residents to evacuate.

Mr Ige revealed he had contacted the White House and the US Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA) when he met with people on Hawaii's Big Island who have left their homes near the Kilauea volcano.

The eruption and lava has already destroyed 35 homes and buildings and forced 1,700 people to leave their residences since it erupted on Thursday.

Red hot lava flows engulfed homes, trees, cars and streets - with nothing able to stem the inevitable advance of molten rock.

May 09 07:07

Hawaii volcano eruption: Shock NASA satellite photos show leaking lava and toxic gas

THESE NASA satellite images underline the magnitude of the ongoing eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, which has destroyed dozens of homes and forced the evacuation of almost 2,000 people since Thursday.

May 08 18:15

Hawaii Volcano Eruption Update - Tuesday Morning (May 8, 2018)

May 08 09:20

Mark Zuckerberg drops suits to force sale of Hawaiian lands

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are dropping controversial suits they filed in December to buy small plots of land that are part of a 700-acre waterfront estate they own on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.

In a letter published in The Garden Island, a local newspaper, Zuckerberg wrote of the complex legal tangle, "it's clear we made a mistake."

In Friday's letter, Zuckerberg wrote that he and Chan's intention "is to achieve an outcome that preserves the environment, respects local traditions, and is fair to those with kuleana lands."

May 08 08:47

How a Hawaii crater collapse led to latest volcanic eruption

May 08 08:20

Hawaii volcano eruption latest: Families flee as rivers of lava from Mount Kilauea engulf entire neighbourhoods

People in Hawaii forced to flee a volcanic eruption that has destroyed dozens of homes and other buildings have taken advantage of a brief respite in its activity to rescue their pets and belongings.

Rivers of lava from Kilauea have already accounted for entire neighbourhoods, and those of the 1,700 evacuees from the Leilani Estates neighbourhood on Big Island who returned home during the lull on Sunday and Monday to retrieve animals, medication and important possessions were warned to be prepared to flee at any moment.

Residents of a second area, Lanipuna Gardens, were barred from returning home on Monday due to the risk of deadly sulphur dioxide gas.

May 07 15:52

Facebook's Zuckerberg is suing hundreds of Hawaiians to force them to sell property to him

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is suing hundreds of Hawaiians to compel them to sell the billionaire small plots of land they own that lie within a 700-acre property that Zuckerberg purchased on the island of Kauai two years ago for $100 million.

In a statement posted hours after CNBC's story on the properties was first published, Zuckerberg wrote: "For most of these folks, they will now receive money for something they never even knew they had. No one will be forced off the land."
Zuckerberg-controlled companies filed eight so-called "quiet" title lawsuits in a Kauai court on Dec. 30 requesting the forced sales at public auction to the highest bidder. If successful, the suits would allow him to make his secluded beach-front land on the island's north shore even more private, according the Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper.

May 07 13:53

WEB EXTRA: Lava from Kilauea volcano consumes a car in Hawaii.

May 07 11:31

Hawaii volcano may threaten geothermal power plant

There are still nearly 50,000 gallons of pentane stored at the site, according to Hawaii News Now.

May 07 11:17

More fissures open, 31 structures destroyed from lava in Leilani Estates

May 07 11:01

INSANE Must-see footage of Kilauea Volcano DRAINING!!!

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The lava is flowing downhill through underground lava tubes to where the fissures have opened up.

May 07 10:16

Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island smiles as it erupts

May 07 09:22

Hilina slump area, 2001

n 1868 and 1975 this region moved abruptly several to tens of meters during major earthquakes (M7.9 and M7.2, respectively) with attendant destructive tsunamis. The tsunami generated in both 1868 and 1975 resulted in extensive damage and fatalities on Hawaii, and the 1975 tsunami produced minor damage in California. The possibility exists that future detachments of this type, or far more extensive and catastrophic debris avalanches, will occur in the future. The entire south flank of the island shows evidence for slumping and collapse. This proto-slump has now broken into two slumps that are buttressed in the middle by Loihi Seamount. These slumps are the Punaluu slump west of Loihi and the Hilina slump east of Loihi. The presence of debris-avalanche deposits along adjacent island flanks indicates the potential for catastrophic failure of such unstable slopes.

May 07 08:38

Hawaii volcano shows 'no sign of slowing down,' destroys dozens of homes

Molten lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano continued gushing into the lush paradise on the Big Island Monday, even as an eleventh fissure opened up, destroying more than two dozen homes and spewing lava hundreds of feet in the air.

The 26 decimated homes were located in the Leilani Estates subdivision, where molten rock, toxic gas and steam have been bursting through openings in the ground created by the volcano, officials said. No fatalities or major injuries have been reported since the eruptions began Thursday.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno told reporters on Sunday that some of the fissures “have established pretty good flows and just continue to cover more of the subdivision,” adding a sizeable lava flow was heading north of a new vent.

May 07 08:24

Hawaii Residents on Big Island Face Triple Threat: Lava, Earthquakes and ‘Lethal’ Gas

Hawaii officials are evacuating areas of the Big Island following a series of earthquakes and volcanic activity that have put thousands of lives in danger and are damaging homes and infrastructure.

Although 1,700 residents have been ordered to leave, some are choosing to stay behind — a grave mistake, officials say, as volcanic activity shows little sign of slowing down.

Among the many threats they face are lava, sulfur dioxide poisoning and earthquake damage.

May 06 15:50

"This Is As Bad As It Gets" - Magma Flowing From Hawaii's Kilauea Forces Thousands To Flee

After first erupting on Thursday, Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has continued to send molten magma up through the eight fissures that have now opened up in the ground in a part of Hawaii that is home to several ritzy neighborhoods, including the tony Leilani Estates, where residents have been forced to flee as the eruptions, as well as several powerful earthquakes, have destroyed power lines and disrupted and left parts of the surrounding area without water.

One area resident summed up the neighborhood's plight in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.

"This is as bad as it gets," said John Bennett, 61, a resident of the Leilani Estates neighborhood forced to evacuate. "We can't go back in yet. I feel lost. I don't know what to think. I've never been in this situation before."

May 06 09:45

Hawaii on high alert as Kilauea volcano continues to erupt

May 06 09:43

Lava oozing up through MORE fissures in Hawaii - 8 fissures now

May 06 09:15

Mark Zuckerberg Sued Native Hawaiians For Their Own Land

May 05 12:13

Strongest earthquake in 43 years hits Hawaii: Thousands of homes lose power, lava from Kilauea volcano spews onto streets, roads are cracked and emergency shelters open for evacuees

The strongest earthquake in 43 years struck Hawaii's Big Island near the volcanic eruption at Kilauea which has forced residents to flee their homes.

The earthquake hit about 12.33pm Friday and was centered near the south flank of Kilauea volcano. It is the strongest earthquake to hit Hawaii since 1975 when a magnitude 7.1 struck in the same area, according to US Geological Survey records.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says the quake wasn't strong enough to cause a tsunami but several reports do state that there were small tsunami waves around the Big Island. No tsunami threat or advisory has been put in place.

The state transportation department said on Twitter that no damage has been reported to roads but there has been more than 14,000 utility customers without power.

May 05 11:56

Mega Tsunami: Hawaii

This movie shows a physics-based computer simulation of a Kilauea Flank Collapse landslide and Mega Tsunami. Local wave heights exceed 300 meters.

Yikes!

May 05 10:18

Hawaii Volcano Hazards Program

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This page shows the quakes hitting the Big Island. I am very concerned about the swarm of quakes appearing off of the southern coast. Were a large chunk of the island to slide off into the Pacific, there would be a major tsunami threat to the entire Pacific coastal regions.

May 04 17:42

Earthquakes rock Hawaii's Big Island as Kilauea volcano erupts

Earthquakes rocked Hawaii's Big Island on Friday as eruptions at the Kilauea volcano continued. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said a 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck the island nearly an hour after a 5.4-magnitude quake hit.

The 5.4-magnitude quake was felt across the Big Island from Hilo to Kona and as far away as Oahu. It added to an already busy day for the Big Island, which is grappling with five separate eruptions from two fissures on the volcano, CBS Honolulu affiliate KGMB-TV reports.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the second quake wasn't strong enough to cause a tsunami, and Hawaii's Department of Transportation said no damage had been reported to roads.

May 04 17:41

M 6.9 - 16km SW of Leilani Estates, Hawaii

M 6.9 - 16km SW of Leilani Estates, Hawaii

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This is the fourth largest earthquake in Hawaii history.

May 04 08:08

Pele is moving!! … Several 5-3-18 videos and article about the Lava breakouts at East Hawaii Island

The Pu?u ???? vent, which has been erupting continuously since January 3, 1983, has emptied. As I understand it, it has been the primary source of vog (volcanic fog) in Kona. Now the lava has moved downstream from the vent, and some believe it may break out further down in Puna

May 04 08:02

Ten thousand are ordered to evacuate as Hawaii's Kilauea volcano spews fountains of lava 150ft skywards, releases deadly gas and cracks streets in half after more than 250 quakes rock the Big Island

Ten thousand Hawaii residents have been ordered to evacuate their homes after the Big Island's Kilauea volcano erupted and began spewing lava and deadly gases into the air.

The eruption was accompanied by a 5.0 magnitude earthquake, followed by hundreds of smaller tremors

Warning sirens sounded across the Big Island at 4.30pm on Thursday as Hawaii County Civil Defense urged residents of Leilani Estates, in Puna, to flee the approaching lava streams.

A 492ft fissure opened in the ground with lava flowing from it for around two hours, officials said, with magma a few feet before stopping. Geologists warned the eruption is still ongoing.

Dangerously high levels of sulfur dioxide have also been detected in the air, which is harmful to humans if breathed in and can cause acid rain after combining with water.

May 03 12:19

Hawaii volcano could erupt after 250 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours

A Hawaiian volcano could be set to erupt after hundreds of earthquakes and the collapse of a crater floor.

Lava may burst through the ground east of Kilauea, the most active of the five volcanoes that form the state’s main island, geologists have warned.

Authorities urged the public to be on alert after scientists noted underground magma flowing beneath a main road near houses in the district of Puna.

Apr 19 12:44

Surf hero Laird Hamilton rescues dozens of residents and tourists stranded by Hawaii floodwaters as more than TWO FEET of rain falls

Dozens of people were rescued after floodwaters swept the Hawaiian island of Kauai by legendary surfer Laird Hamilton.

Several homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed after more than 28 inches of rain over the 24-hour period this past weekend.

Residents and tourists alike were left stranded following landsllides or washed out roads.

Among them was the Gwilliam family from Encitas, California. Jamas and Erin Gwilliam and their three children were vacationing in the town of Hanalei in a house along the river when the torrential downpour began.

The family told NBC 7 that they were stranded because the rains were so strong that the nearby roads and surrounding bridge were washed away.

Apr 17 08:27

Hundreds are evacuated from Hawaii after two feet of rain falls in just 24 hours triggering landslides and flooding

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from Kauai, Hawaii, after 2ft of rain lashed the island in just 24 hours causing heavy flooding and landslides.

By Monday afternoon, emergency crews evacuated 152 people by helicopter, 121 people by bus and others by water, according to the governor's office.

Officials were warning people who wanted to be evacuated that it's not known when they can return because of landslides blocking Kuhio Highway on the island's north shore.

Apr 10 21:52

THE FULL LIST OF U.S. MILITARY – WARS AND INTERVENTIONS FROM WOUNDED KNEE TO SYRIA: A CENTURY OF U.S. MILITARY INTERVENTIONS

by Dr. Zoltan Grossman

The following is a partial list of U.S. military interventions from 1890 to 2014.

Below the list is a Briefing on the History of U.S. Military Interventions.

The list and briefing are also available as a powerpoint presentation.

COUNTRY OR STATE Dates of intervention Forces Comments
SOUTH DAKOTA 1890 (-?) Troops 300 Lakota Indians massacred at Wounded Knee.
ARGENTINA 1890 Troops Buenos Aires interests protected.
CHILE 1891 Troops Marines clash with nationalist rebels.
HAITI 1891 Troops Black revolt on Navassa defeated.
IDAHO 1892 Troops Army suppresses silver miners’ strike.
HAWAII 1893 (-?) Naval, troops Independent kingdom overthrown, annexed.
CHICAGO 1894 Troops Breaking of rail strike, 34 killed.

Apr 07 07:08

Hawaii becomes 7th state to legalize medically assisted suicide so patients can 'die with dignity'

Hawaii has become the seventh state to legalize medically assisted suicide, a topic that has been deeply divisive in the medical community.

The practice that has come to be known as 'dying with dignity' involves prescribing life-ending medication to terminally ill patients.

Supporters say it's a compassionate choice to prevent suffering and critics say it's immoral and goes against the Hippocratic Oath which states: 'I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan.'

Physician-assisted suicide is becoming increasingly common around the world and several other states including Massachusetts and Alaska have been considering its legalization.

Apr 01 21:30

Hawaiian Ukulele player, Taimane and friends. record for Playing For Change .

For Ms Rivero:) These girls do Hawaii proud. They are part of a global movement as described on the PFC Youtube channel which now has over 1 million subscribers.

"Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. The idea for this project came from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.
Creating Songs Around the World inspired us to unite many of the greatest musicians we met throughout our journey in the creation of the Playing For Change Band. These musicians come from many different countries and cultures, but through music they speak the same language."

This was one of their first recordings which shows how it works.
Get Up, Stand Up featuring Keith Richards

Mar 30 12:46

Company that designed collapsed Florida bridge also helped design Honolulu rail

The same company that designed the pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Florida last week also helped design the Honolulu rail line, Hawaii News Now has learned.

The City and County of Honolulu says the FIGG Bridge Group was part of the team that engineered the rail’s elevated guideway.

Mar 26 11:35

Hawaii Among Least Innovative States Thanks to Failing Schools

Innovation is a principal driver of U.S. economic growth. In 2018, the U.S. will spend an estimated $553 billion on research and development — more than any other country in the world and over 25% of the world’s total — helping the nation rank No. 4 on the Global Innovation Index. According to the results of the ranking, knowledge and technology outputs are America’s particular strengths.

But certain states deserve more credit than others for America’s dominance in the tech era. These states continue to grow innovation through investments in education, research and business creation, especially in highly specialized industries.

In order to recognize the nation’s biggest contributors, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 22 key indicators of innovation-friendliness. Their data set ranges from share of STEM professionals to R&D spending per capita to tech-company density.

Mar 16 14:51

If You've Got a Ticket From One of These Four HPD Officers, Today's Your Lucky Day

Rudolph Farias, John Garcia, Robert Manzanales and Gregory Rosa.

If you've got an outstanding traffic citation from HPD, you'll want to check to see if any of these officers scrawled their name on your ticket. In light of an internal investigation into charges that the officers ran a ticket-rigging scam, bilking the department for thousands of dollars in overtime pay, HPD and the city attorney's office have opted to dismiss some 6,000 traffic tickets.

"In the interest of justice and in fairness, it's the right thing to do," HPD Chief Charles McClelland told reporters yesterday. "If there's any perception that these citations may be tainted or somebody questions the legitimacy or credibility of those, it is better to dismiss them."

Mar 13 13:13

Hawaii declines requests for records on false missile alert

Hawaii officials have repeatedly pointed to a low-level state employee and a breakdown in his agency's leadership as the main cause for a January missile alert that left hundreds of thousands of islanders thinking they might die in a nuclear blast. But efforts to find out more about what other top officials did that day have been stymied at the highest levels of state government.

Hawaii law says opening the government to public scrutiny "is the only viable and reasonable method of protecting the public's interest."

But for nearly two months, Gov. David Ige's office has refused to provide information requested by The Associated Press that could show how he and other officials handled the crisis.

Citing open records law exemptions, Ige's office has declined to release phone logs, text messages, instant messages and calendars related to the missile alert, even as the state moves forward with recommendations to implement a new missile alert system .

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pure and utter codswallop, Governor Ige!!

The Hawaiian people don't believe it for a second, either; because of the massive corruption in this state's government, they have grown utterly cynical about any statement from most Hawaiian politicians.

And hey, Governor, talking about corruption and a hideous waste of taxpayers' money in this state, let's talk about about the "Light Rail to Nowhere", which is in a constant state of construction and repair, with roads so torn up in cities like Aiea, that it is nearly a death-defying experience for both a car's suspension, and human spines.

When is that forensic accounting of this project going to happen, demonstrating where the hell the money went, sir, andy why the horrific cost over-runs here?!?

Mar 13 06:55

US Missile Interceptor Test in Hawaii Fails

A US military SM-3 missile launched from a Aegis test site on Wednesday off the Hawaiian cost failed to intercept a mock incoming missile, according to US officials.

The Missile Defense Agency and US Navy "sailors manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex conducted a live-fire missile flight test using a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, Wednesday morning," the Missile Defense Agency confirmed, without specifying the result of the test.

Mar 12 07:08

Five Political Parties Qualify for Hawaii Ballot

For the 2018 Elections, five political parties have qualified to appear on the ballot. They are:

Constitution Party
Democratic Party
Green Party
Libertarian Party
Republican Party

Mar 12 07:07

Hawaii: Anti-Gun Legislators Attack National Reciprocity

On Thursday, March 8th, a number of resolutions and concurrent resolutions will be heard to request the Congressional Delegation of Hawaii to vote against any national reciprocity legislation. The state Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs Committee will be hearing Senate Concurrent Resolution 9 and Senate Resolution 7 and the state House Committee on Public Safety will be hearing House Concurrent Resolution 37 and House Resolution 29. Please contact members of the committees and urge them to OPPOSE these anti-gun resolutions.

Mar 12 07:06

WARD COMMENDS TRUMP FOR MEETING WITH KIM JONG UN, SUGGESTS HAWAII VENUE

Representative Gene Ward (R–Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley), a member of the House Military Affairs & Int'l Relations Committee, lauded President Donald Trump today for the President's acceptance of a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In a letter to the President, Ward also urged Trump to hold the meeting in Honolulu.

"This is truly historic and they're actually going to talk about the denuclearization of North Korea," Ward said. "The leaders of the United States and North Korea have never even talked to each other on the phone and now they're scheduled to meet face-to-face.

"This meeting is especially important for Hawaii since we are well within striking distance of North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Mar 12 07:06

Hawaii Planned Parenthood Cuts Ties With Women’s March Co-Chair in Wake of Farrakhan Controversy

A regional Planned Parenthood organization serving the Northwest United States and Hawaii announced on Wednesday that it would part ways with Women's March co-chair Tamika Mallory in the wake of her controversial ties with the rabid anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.

Last week, Mallory received backlash for attending Farrakhan's annual Saviours' Day address, an event where the Nation of Islam leader attacked "that Satanic Jew," called Jews "the mother and father of apartheid," and proclaimed that "when you want something in this world, the Jew holds the door."

Mar 12 07:05

UH Reveals Clinton visit to Maunakea Telescopes

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to the summit of Maunakea in early January 2018 and learned about the cultural, natural and scientific significance of the mountain.

The Clintons were shown culturally and geologically important sites before touring the W. M. Keck Observatory, one of the largest and most scientifically important optical/infrared telescopes in the world. After watching the sunset from Hawai?i’s highest peak at nearly 14,000 feet, the Clintons returned to Halep?haku at the 9,200 foot elevation for stargazing.

The University of Hawai?i at Hilo’s Department of Physics and Astronomy set up two, 9.25-inch telescopes, one with an attached camera capturing images viewed through the telescope. The Clintons were in awe during the 90 minutes of viewing the overwhelming number of stars that can be seen from Maunakea.

Mar 12 07:02

Gun Control Rallies: How Today’s students have been Brainwashed to prepare for this moment their whole lives

In some ways, today’s students have been preparing for this moment their whole lives. Their educational experiences have been shaped by concepts like collaborative work, project-based learning, real-world scenarios, finding innovative solutions, and the underlying mantra that they can save the world.

In lower elementary, perhaps they’re taken out to a weedy, forgotten corner of campus and asked to imagine a verdant garden thriving in that very spot. And then maybe they’re given tools and seeds and time in their day to make that garden happen.

In middle school they might break into groups and build little cars that run on solar panels or draw designs for water filtration systems to solve the drinking water crisis in faraway countries.

Feb 28 10:12

Fort Shafter Faces Major Task in Planning Korea Evacuations

Fort Shafter faces a huge challenge in updating evacuation plans for American civilians in South Korea should war break out on the peninsula, experts say.

Asia expert Ralph Cossa said estimates of the number of Americans in Seoul on any given day run in the 200,000-to-300,000 range, if not more.

Any evacuation would be "extremely daunting, and likely to cause chaos, even if air assets are available, but especially if they are not," said Cossa, president of the Pacific Forum in Honolulu, a subsidiary of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Adm. Harry Harris, head of U.S. Pacific Command on Oahu, revealed at a Feb. 14 House Armed Services Committee hearing that Gen. Robert Brown, commander of U.S. Army Pacific at Fort Shafter, and his staff had been tasked with creating an updated "noncombatant evacuation operations" plan, or NEO, for South Korea

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is not a question of "if" this war will happen; it is now more a question of "when", since this study has been greenlit about two weeks ago.

Feb 17 09:25

HAWAII BILL WOULD REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR PARENTS WHO HOMESCHOOL

Legislation has been introduced in the Hawaii State Senate which, if passed, would require homeschooling parents to undergo background checks.
State Senator Kaialii Kahele’s bill is a reaction to several “high-profile abuse cases,” according to World’s Leigh Jones. The state’s Child Welfare Services would conduct reviews on parents wishing to homeschool their children.

“If a parent that has a history of abuse and neglect wants to pull the child out of school and remove them from that layer of protection, this piece of legislation would close that loophole,” Kahele said.

Currently, the 50th state requires parents who homeschool to meet state curriculum standards, submit annual progress reports, and maintain records.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Home schooling is not the problem; the vile state of education in Hawaii is the culprit, and a big issue here is how schools are funded.

Why Hawaii Schools are No Paradise for Teachers

The article goes on to state:

"Because the DOE’s budget comes out of the state’s general fund, public schools are chronically underfunded, which leads to low teacher salaries, high turnover, and poor student outcomes, Rosenlee says. (Of course, disparities in property values also have contributed to vastly unequal funding for the nation’s public schools.) According to WalletHub, which adjusts for cost of living, Hawaii pays its teachers the least of any state.

This is partly why Hawaii has so much trouble finding teachers. According to the most recent data, only 52 percent of the state’s public school teachers are still teaching after five years. “The amount of teachers that are leaving our system is dramatically increasing, [while] the amount of teachers that are going into the profession in Hawaii is dramatically decreasing,” Rosenlee says. “[Some students] will go years without having a licensed teacher in the classroom.”

By the time kids graduate from most public schools, they barely know how to read or write English.

Feb 13 11:56

The 1897 Petition Against the Annexation of Hawaii

When the Hawaiian islands were formally annexed by the United States in 1898, the event marked end of a lengthy internal struggle between native Hawaiians and white American businessmen for control of the Hawaiian government. In 1893 the last monarch of Hawaii, Queen Lili'uokalani, was overthrown by party of businessmen, who then imposed a provisional government. Soon after, President Benjamin Harrison submitted a treaty to annex the Hawaiian islands to the U.S. Senate for ratification. In 1897, the treaty effort was blocked when the newly-formed Hawaiian Patriotic League, composed of native Hawaiians, successfully petitioned the U.S. Congress in opposition of the treaty. The League's lobbying efforts left only 46 Senators in favor of the resolution, less than the 2/3 majority needed for approval of a treaty. The League's victory was shortlived, however as unfolding world events soon forced the annexation issue to the fore again. With the explosion of the U.S.S.

Feb 13 11:05

FLASHBACK - Hawaiian Kingdom Complaint filed with U.N. Security Council against the United States regarding American occupation of the Hawaiian Islands

Thursday afternoon, July 5, the Agent for the Hawaiian Kingdom, H.E. David Keanu Sai, Acting Minister of Interior, filed with the Security Council at United Nations headquarters in New York a Complaint against the United States of America concerning the prolonged occupation of the Hawaiian Islands since the Spanish American War of 1898.

The Complaint was filed with the Security Council in accordance with Article 35(2) of the United Nations Charter, which provides, "a State which is not a Member of the United Nations may bring to the attention of the Security Council or of the General Assembly any dispute to which it is a party if it accepts in advance, for the purpose of the dispute, the obligations of pacific settlement provided in the present Charter."

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Feb 12 10:05

Hawaii Has A Major S*** Hole Problem

Hawaii is struggling to find more sanitary ways to dispose of human waste after years of putting sewage into open holes in the ground.

The state’s five islands have more than 88,000 “cesspools,” Hawaii’s Department of Health determined in a recent report. The cesspools put 53 million gallons of sewage into ground and surface water.

The 2017 legislative session passed a law requiring all cesspools to be replaced with better sewer systems by 2050, but that might not be fast enough.

“We found that sewage is leaking into the ocean, and we swim in it,” Peter Hackstedde, president of Puako Community Association on the main island, told The Wall Street Journal.

Feb 12 09:31

I cannot believe it happened again...

Our car was stolen AGAIN last night!

I am pissed!

Feb 07 13:27

‘Duck and Cover’ Nuclear Attack Warning Drills Exacerbate Fears of North Korea War

Are you ready for nuclear attack warning sirens in your community? I live in the State of Hawaii, which decided in December 2107 to begin monthly nuclear attack warning siren drills, similar to the monthly tsunami warning sirens that are tested each month.

You know what happened – an employee of the State of Hawaii Emergency Management Department pushed the wrong button, setting off the siren, and no one alerted the public for nearly 49 minutes that it was a drill. Cell phone alerts to everyone in the 808 area code flashed “Nuclear attack warning-take cover,” with residents and tourists alike going into crisis mode.

Feb 06 11:12

How can I trade cryptocurrencies in Hawaii, a state where I can't get a wallet because of government regulations?

I’m going to break your question down into two questions:

How do I get a cryptocurrency wallet if I live in Hawaii?
How do I get fiat currency (in this case, US dollars) into and out of cryptocurrencies?

Feb 01 11:44

'Last Hawaiian princess' battles for control of her millions

In July, her longtime attorney James Wright filed an emergency petition seeking to be named successor trustee to all of her trust assets, saying in court documents that Kawananakoa is "impaired as a result of an acute stroke."

Two days later, a judge granted the request.

In August, attorney Michael Lilly wrote a letter to the judge saying he now represents Kawananakoa and he strongly contests any contention she is incompetent.

Lawyers for the heiress dispute she had a stroke, saying in court papers it was a transient ischemic attack, which has similar symptoms but caused no permanent damage.

Wright's court filings also raise allegations that Veronica Gail Worth, Kawananakoa's 64-year-old wife, physically abused her.

Jan 31 13:39

US missile defense test fails in Hawaii – officials

A US missile defence test carried out in Hawaii was unsuccessful, according to officials.

A SM-3 Block IIA missile was launched from an Aegis Ashore test site in Hawaii, but failed to shoot down an incoming dummy missile launched from an aircraft, an official told Reuters. CNN also reported on the failure, ?iting several administration officials.

The missile is developed by the Raytheon Co and is used to target intermediate range missiles. It’s being worked on jointly with Japan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a comforting thought!

Jan 30 08:37

Volcanic Unrest at Mauna Loa, Earth’s Largest Active Volcano

Mauna Loa is showing persistent signs of volcanic unrest. Since 2014, increased seismicity and deformation indicate that Mauna Loa, the volcano that dominates more than half of the island of Hawai?i, may be building toward its first eruption since 1984.

Thousands of residents and key infrastructure are potentially at risk from lava flows, so a critical question is whether the volcano will follow patterns of previous eruptions or return to its now historically unprecedented 33-year slumber.

Mauna Loa has erupted 33 times since 1843, an average of one eruption every 5 years [Trusdell, 2012]. Typical of shield-building Hawaiian volcanoes, Mauna Loa hosts a summit caldera and two rift zones, the Northeast Rift Zone (NERZ) and the Southwest Rift Zone (SWRZ; Figure 1, inset).

Jan 24 12:13

Password Pressure

Hawaii Governor David Ige recently revealed that neglecting to remember his Twitter handle and password delayed his tweet correcting the accidental January 13 ballistic missile alert by 17 minutes.

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