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Insurance Journal’s Top 10 West Region Stories of 2019

California wildfires dominated the news in Insurance Journal’s Western region in 2019, despite it being a quiet year relative to two consecutive years of deadly blazes that came before. Three of the year’s top 10 most read stories on IJ …

Alert Level Raised for Large Hawaii Volcano

Officials have raised the alert level for the world’s largest active volcano, Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, which last erupted in 1984. The U.S. Geological Survey changed the level from “normal” to “advisory” following a steady increase in earthquakes and ground swelling …

Farmers in Hawaii Lost $28M Because of Volcano

A survey of Big Island farmers has found that they suffered nearly $28 million in damages because of the months-long eruption earlier this year of the Kilauea volcano, the Hawaii Tribune Herald reported. The survey of 46 farmers by University …

‘Stable’ Flow Lets Some Hawaii Lava Evacuees Return to Homes

Officials on Hawaii’s Big Island let some people back into their homes and scaled down emergency operations this week as lava flowed into the ocean on a path that wasn’t threatening new areas. “We’ve pretty much thrown everything at this …

More Small Blasts from Hawaii Volcano

Small explosions at the summit of an erupting Hawaii volcano could send ash into communities. Scientists say the blasts happened Monday, including one after a magnitude-5.4 earthquake. Ash expelled from the Kilauea volcano may cause poor visibility and slippery conditions …

Hawaii Insurance Agent Busy Sorting out Coverage Mess from Lava Flows

It could be an understatement to say Amber Lopez, principal at Pacific Island Insurance LLC in Hawaii, has been busy over the past month as the island state’s erupting Kilauea sends lava flows throughout neighborhoods. Lava has burned down some …

Hawaii Commissioner Erred; Some Lava Claims May be Excluded

Some homeowners in a Hawaiian neighborhood where lava is flowing might not be so fortunate when they file their claims after all. It was previously reported that Gordon Ito, Hawaii’s insurance commissioner, was making it known that homes destroyed or …

Hawaiian Volcano Slopes Offer Affordable Paradise, Risks

As lava crawled down Leilani Road in a hissing, popping mass, Cheryl Griffith stood in its path and placed a plant in a crack in the ground as an offering to the Native Hawaiian volcano goddess, Pele. Griffith lives in …

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 …

Scientists Warn of Hazards from Kilauea Lava Inching toward Ocean

The lava flow from Kilauea’s Puu Oo in remains active and is now only about a half a mile away from the ocean The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported that the lava had been circulating and occasionally spattering at Halemaumau Crater. …