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Kilauea Generates Toxic Gas Plume Called Laze

The eruption of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii sparked new safety warnings about toxic gas on the Big Island’s southern coastline after lava began flowing into the ocean and setting off a chemical reaction. The molten rock started pouring into the …

Gas Leak Was Cause of Explosion at Houston-Area Plant, Company Says

Officials say a gas leak caused an explosion and brief flash fire at a chemical plant near Houston, Texas, resulting in non-life threatening injuries to nearly two dozen workers. Kuraray America says in a news release that ethylene escaping from …

Kilauea Sends Ash Plume 30,000 Feet into Sky

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted anew before dawn Thursday, spewing a plume of ash roughly 30,000 feet into the sky that began raining down on a nearby town. The explosion at the summit came shortly after 4 a.m. following two weeks …

Hawaii Volcano Eruption Prompts Evacuations

Nearly 1,500 residents were ordered to evacuate from their volcano-side homes after Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano erupted, sending molten lava to chew its way through forest land and bubble up on paved streets. Volcano officials couldn’t predict how long eruption that …

More Than 100 Airlifted After Storm Strikes Kauai

More than 100 people were airlifted from Kauai’s north shore and taken to a shelter after a weekend storm. Emergency officials are advising people who want to evacuate that it’s unknown when they’ll be able to return because of landslides …

California City Sues over California Dam Crisis

A small California city at the base of the tallest U.S. dam filed a lawsuit last week against the state over an emergency that forced authorities to order 188,000 people to flee last year, arguing the crisis was caused by …

California Utilities Sued Over Deadly Mudslides

Two utilities were sued Tuesday for the widespread destruction from last week’s deadly mudslides that were caused when hillsides ravaged by California’s largest wildfire let loose in heavy rain. An amended negligence lawsuit filed in Santa Barbara County Superior Court …

California Mudslide Victims ID’d as Crews Continue Survivor Search

The oldest victim swept away in a California mudslide was Jim Mitchell, who had celebrated his 89th birthday the day before. He died with his wife of more than 50 years, Alice. The youngest, 3-year-old Kailly Benitez, was one of …

Mud Inundates California Burn Areas, 15 Dead

The death toll from the mudslides that struck Southern California climbed to 15 on Wednesday as rescue crews searched for anyone trapped, injured or dead in the onslaught that smashed homes and swept away cars. The torrential rainstorm that set …

Storm Floods California Roads, Loosens Hillsides

Heavy rains pounding Southern California for a second day caused flooding and loosened hillsides as officials in fire-ravaged communities warned people to stay off roads over fears of destructive mud flows. Water and debris in lanes shut down coastal U.S. …