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Hawaii volcano: How many people do volcanoes kill?

Hawaii volcano: How many people do volcanoes kill?

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device With its red-hot rivers of lava and clouds of ash, Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has captured the world's attention. But how dangerous are such eruptions?Every year about 60 volcanoes erupt. Some take us by surprise but others are regular offenders.Kilauea is one of the world's most active - its present eruption began 35 years ago, but there has been an increase in activity in recent weeks. Its lava flows have quite literally been erupting in people's backyards, but thankfully only one serious injury has been reported - a man hit by projectile molten rock as he sat on his balcony.This could appear to suggest that volcanoes aren't all that dangerous, but much of the world's population lives close to an ac...
The Latest: Hawaii lava flow may cross highway within hours

The Latest: Hawaii lava flow may cross highway within hours

Technology
The Latest on the eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Hawaii County civil defense officials are warning residents that lava may cross a highway in the coming hours. Officials say a flow is less than a mile (kilometer) away from Highway 137 in the Big Island's Puna district where lava has oozed out of fissures in the ground. At the flow's current speed Saturday afternoon, officials estimate it may cross the highway in the next several hours. Before Friday, lava was just spattering up and collecting at the edges of the fissures. On Friday afternoon, the flow ramped up. The flow crossed a road, isolating a handful of residents, including some who needed to be airlifted to safety. On Saturday morning, it was 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) from the ocean and advancin...
Mount Kilauea: Hawaii emergency declared over volcano eruption

Mount Kilauea: Hawaii emergency declared over volcano eruption

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceMount Kilauea volcano has erupted near a residential area on Hawaii's largest island, prompting a local state of emergency and the mandatory evacuation of 1,700 residents. Extremely high levels of dangerous sulphur dioxide gas have been detected in the evacuation area, the Civil Defense Agency tweeted.Community centres have been opened to provide shelter.The eruption follows a series of strong earthquakes over recent days. A volcanic crater vent - known as Puu Oo - collapsed earlier this week, sending lava down the mountain's slopes towards populated areas.Officials had been warning residents all week they should be prepared to evacuate as an eruption would give little warning. Eyewitness Maija Stenback: 'You could feel the eruption' We live in ...
Doctor-assisted suicide close to becoming law in Hawaii

Doctor-assisted suicide close to becoming law in Hawaii

Health
Hawaii lawmakers approved legislation Thursday that would make it the latest liberal-leaning state to legalize medically assisted suicide. The all-Democratic state Senate voted 23-2 to pass the measure that has already cleared the House. It allows doctors to fulfill requests from terminally ill patients for prescription medication that will allow them to die. The governor has said he will sign the bill, which would make Hawaii the sixth state to legalize the practice, plus Washington, D.C. The legislation includes safeguards intended to prevent abuse, but opponents said it puts the poor, elderly, sick and disabled at risk. Lawmakers have heard hours of impassioned testimony from advocates and opponents. John Radcliffe, who was given six months to two years to live after being diagnosed wi...
Hawaii told to fix its alert system after false missile alarm

Hawaii told to fix its alert system after false missile alarm

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe US state of Hawaii has been told it did not have "reasonable" safeguards in place to prevent the false missile alert that caused panic on Saturday.Ajit Pai, chairman of America's media regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), said the error was "absolutely unacceptable".The 38-minute delay in issuing the correction made it worse, he added.He called for officials at all levels throughout the US to work together to rectify any vulnerabilities.Residents and visitors to Hawaii were shocked to receive the false alert of an incoming ballistic missile, sent to their mobile phones early on Saturday morning.Apologising afterwards, Hawaii's Governor David Ige said a member of staff had pressed the wrong button, releasing the alert which ...