June 6 overflight of lava flows on the Big Island

Here’s the latest update from the USGS Hawai’i Volcano Observatory. This was issued at 2:34PM HST today: Vigorous eruption of lava continues from the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) fissure system in the area of Leilani Estates. This morning, lava fountaining at Fissure 8 continued to reach heights of 150-180 feet, feeding a stable channel …

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Kilauea’s current activity

We have been watching Kilauea for a long time now. From Wikipedia: The current Kilauea eruption began on January 3, 1983, along the eastern rift zone. The vent produced vigorous lava fountains that quickly built up into the Pu’u ‘O’o cone, sending lava flows down the volcano’s slope. In 1986, activity shifted down the rift …

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Whitefish!

Have you heard the story of this 2-person utility company from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown which managed to get a $300M contract from Puerto Rico to repair the territory’s electrical grid? That seems a little bit crony-ish, does it not? Well, the contract has surfaced: Boom. Leaked copy of the Puerto Rico / Whitefish …

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Trumpian excess

Every day in every way imaginable this man embarrasses the United States, its citizens, and even himself (if he had the capacity to realize it). His performance in Puerto Rico today was appalling. “Every death is a horror, but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous — …

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Harp, harp, harp

I know it. I know I’ve said enough about the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and their suffering from Irma’s effects. But man alive, our news media stinks sometimes. On the Evening News from both CBS and NBC their reporters in the Florida Keys repeated the same phrase: “Here, where Irma made its first …

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Trump’s Million

Trump pledges one million dollars of “personal money” to Harvey relief. Now, maybe he’s sincere. I note that millions of Americans have felt no need to publicize their donations to the American Red Cross, the Houston Food Bank or any other charity, but hey, when public figures make a big splashy donation others might be …

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