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The following story is from the U.S. Geological Survey’s “Volcano Watch”. The weekly publication is written by scientists at the Hawaii Volcano Observatory. The story of HVO goes back to 1909, when a geologist named Thomas A. Jaggar visited Kīlauea for the first time. Noting the volcano’s frequent and relatively benign eruptions, fairly easy access, ...
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Over the past seventy years 222 lives have been lost on Hawaii shores from powerful tsunamis generated by destructive earthquakes. When a  tsunami is imminent, evacuation needs to occur quickly and efficiently. Kailua….and eventually other coastal communities will be getting tsunami evacuation signs that will direct residents and tourists to safe areas should evacuation be ...
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In August of 2014 Tropical Storm Iselle collided with Hawaii island. Iselle caused immense damage when it stalled and started to chew on the island’s abundance of Albezia trees, “There’s areas where it looks like a giant has come through with a weed-whacker,” said a state employee to Hawaii News Now. The toppled trees in ...
Read More Drone Footage Tropical Storm Iselle 2014

Emergency warning sirens across Oahu and a few on Kauai went off accidentally at approximately 8:07 this morning. According to Mel Kaku, director of the Honolulu Department of Emergency Management, it was an “inadvertent activation in the course of preparing for today’s scheduled test”. The activation of the Oahu sirens also triggered several sirens on ...
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The most recent eruption of Kilauea Volcano will mark another milestone on January 3, 2017.  That date is the 34th anniversary of Kīlauea Volcano’s ongoing East Rift Zone eruption, which began in 1983. During the past 34 years, lava flows have buried over 142 km2 (55 mi2) of public and private land, destroying 215 structures ...
Read More Kilauea Eruption hits 34-Years