Lava first, now hurricane

To quote Lucy van Pelt of “Peanuts,” “Good grief, Charlie Brown.” Here is the latest on Kilauea’s eruption on the Big Island: As Hurricane Hector heads toward Hawaii's Big Island, the last active fissure on Kilauea's lower east zone has ceased its fiery eruptions. pic.twitter.com/cauApWrk0R — NBC News (@NBCNews) August 7, 2018 And here is …

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Aerial picture of Fissure 8, June 29, 2018

Isn’t this beautiful? The USGS Unoccupied Aircraft Systems (UAS) team conducted a flight on K?lauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone to collect video in the upper lava channel of fissure 8. When it is dark the incandescence (glow) of lava is easy to see against the darkened surroundings. Overnight UAS missions are the most efficient …

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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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