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Workers of Hawaii agency that sent false alert seen sleeping

Workers of Hawaii agency that sent false alert seen sleeping

Technology
An employee of the Hawaii agency that mistakenly sent cellphone and broadcast alerts about an imminent missile attack earlier this year said he saw staff members watching movies or TV on the job. The worker wrote an email to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency's administrator saying another staffer witnessed all three people on duty asleep. The email was dated Jan. 14, the day after the alert went out. The employee's name wasn't released. A different agency worker mistakenly sent the warning that a ballistic missile was heading to the islands, leading hundreds of thousands of people to believe they were about to die in a nuclear attack. The button pusher thought it was a real emergency even though other workers understood it was an exercise. The agency later fired him. It took the age...
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...