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More than 300 Students Get Close-Up View of Lava Flow

More than 300 Students Get Close-Up View of Lava Flow

On Monday, over 300 students experienced close-up view of lava flow. The field trip has provided practical experience to Pahoa Elementary children as they had a chance to meet up with geologists. Hardened lava was touched by the children and feelings of relocating to a new school were also shared by them.

Hawaii Civil Defense and other county officials and geologists had called the students so that they could see parts of Apa'a Street and the Pahoa Transfer Station, closed because of lava from Kilauea's June 27 flow.

Lava flow Threatens Major Intersection in Hawaii Village

Lava flow Threatens Major Intersection in Hawaii Village

The slow moving lava from an erupting volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has started moving towards a small village. On Monday, it was estimated that this has advanced to almost 250 yards and by the year’s end this lava would be threatening a major traffic intersection before year's end.

Hawaii Roads Open Again on Wednesday

Hawaii Roads Open Again on Wednesday

A section of a main road in Pahoa Village was opened again on Wednesday afternoon in spite of the threat of lava close by.

Both police and Hawaii National Guard troops were posted throughout the stretch of road, keeping drivers from getting out of their cars to capture images of the hardened lava close to the road. Hardened lava is lying within 500 feet from the county road, which can possibly be risky to people who get too close to see it or to take pictures.

Pahoa Village route may open again by Thursday

Pahoa Village route may open again by Thursday

According to the county's Civil Defense chief, the most direct route to Pahoa Village from Hilo and upper Puna is supposed to be open by Thursday.

"We're shooting for Thanksgiving to have Pahoa Village Road open. Apaa Street will remain closed (except for) local traffic only, because we're not allowing traffic up to where the flow crossed Apaa Street and the transfer station", said Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira in Monday's media briefing.

Hawaiian Village Remains Closed As Lava Flow Continues

Hawaiian Village Remains Closed As Lava Flow Continues

The recent volcanic activity by Hawaiian volcano of Kilauea has allowed a fresh stream of lava to flow for 13.5 miles through Maui's Puna district.

On Wednesday, the scientists and officials said that a lava breakout located about 4 to 5 miles upslope of Apaa Street in Pahoa has indicated that lava has continued to move through the June 27 flow's tube system.

Unusual super storms spotted on Uranus

Unusual super storms spotted on Uranus

Eight strong storms have been observed by astronomers, in a two day period, in the northern hemisphere of Uranus. The researchers have analyzed the images, taken by the Voyager-2 spacecraft, to understand the unknown features of the planet. An unusual rotation pattern on the planet has been observed for the first time.

Earlier, Uranus was thought to be a boring planet. But there might be some activities occurring on the planet.

Lighting strikes will be significantly increased in US by Global warming

Lighting strikes will be significantly increased in US by Global warming

A team of researchers has predicted that lightning strikes are expected to increase with global warming. David Romps, climate scientist from the University of California and his colleagues looked at predictions of precipitation and cloud buoyancy in 11 different climate models and concluded that their combined effect will generate more frequent electrical discharges to the ground.

According to them, if global warming remains unchecked and if global temperatures rise 7 degrees F this century, lightning strikes in the US will likely rise by 50%.

Kilauea Volcano’s Lava Flow hit Three Spots in Pahoa

Kilauea Volcano’s Lava Flow hit Three Spots in Pahoa

Hawaii County Civil Defense in a statement on Thursday said that lava break out from Kilauea volcano has hit three spots near the small Hawaii town of Pahoa.

Officials on Thursday said that molten rock is burning asphalt as it spreads over the driveway at a trash transfer station. Lava flow has also hit a cemetery and a spot almost 400 yards upslope of a rural road.

An Idaho State University volcanologist, Shannon Nawotniak, said that digging a trench to prevent the slow-moving Kilauea volcano lava flow is probably not a good idea.

Army Corps Releases Report on Options For Keeping Asian Carps Out of Great Lakes

Army Corps Releases Report on Options For Keeping Asian Carps Out of Great Lakes

The Army Corps of Engineers has finally come up with its report on ways by which Asian carp can be kept out of the Great Lakes. Their 232-page report known as the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study is said to be quite exhaustive.

It has not only focused on two species of Asian carp, but also 11 other aquatic species of fish, grasses and other things that threat the river.

It is said that the measures that have been suggested in the Great Lakes will take at least 10 years for implementation and will cost up to $18 billion.

First Asteroid of the Year Smashes into Earth’s Atmosphere over the Atlantic Ocean on January 2, 2014

First Asteroid of the Year Smashes into Earth’s Atmosphere over the Atlantic Ocean on January 2, 2014

On January 2, 2014 around 2 p.m. EST, the first asteroid of the year shattered in the atmosphere of the Earth. The asteroid fizzled out at some place over the Atlantic Ocean. The space rock was first seen on New Year.

Astronomers first noticed the asteroid with the help of the Mt. Lemmon survey telescope that is placed on a mountaintop in Arizona. The asteroid is appropriately classified as 2014 AA. The primary pale picture of the asteroid was captured on January 1 around 1:20 a.m. EST.

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