BLUE FLAMES AS HAWAII BURNS
Why it’s blue – and what has officials worried.
When the lava buries plants, methane gas is produced. Methane can seep into the ground & produces a blue flame when ignited.
The blue flames are only visible at night, making it hard to judge how widespread they are.
Scientists are now concerned the methane may cause explosions.
Mother Nature has put on quite a show... Kilauea’s eruption has also generated earthquakes, gushing molten rock, giant ash plumes & sulfur dioxide. No sign when it will end, but scientists say its similar to one in 1955 that lasted 3 months.
This unique perspective comes from an area few journalists venture. As focus remains on the "Iran Deal" overall, we want to share the experience of someone on the ground in the Middle East. It's one story - We look forward to telling more.
Who: 1,700+ residents of the Kīlauea summit area ordered to evacuate
When: Erupting regularly for 30+ years, but uptick began May 3rd
Where: Southeastern most volcano on Hawaii (aka the “Big Island”)
Why: Unclear, but likely, pressured magma erupted due to clog or heat
“At this time, we cannot say with certainty that explosive activity will occur, how large the explosions could be, or how long such explosive activity could continue.”
So far, Kilauea has destroyed 36+ structures and covered 116+ acres in lava, but thankfully, although many have suffered serious injuries, no fatalities have been reported. What is it really like to live near an erupting volcano? A SmartHER News reader tells us!
Why we should #NeverForget: More than 20,000 American troops remain stationed in South Korea. Click through for link to photos of The Korean War and more background on why it matters.
Heroic truck drivers line highway to prevent suicide attempt.
Michigan State Police shut down a highway outside Detroit, asking 13 semi trucks to make a “wall” for a man threatening to jump.
Truckers have helped police in similar situations in the past, but usually not in this large of numbers.
The man, in his 30s, did not to jump and walked to safety.
If you or a loved one is feeling distressed, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The crisis center provides free and confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to civilians and veterans.
Photographer behind this viral sensation shares backstory and the message he sees in this image.
“They are real people … I think it really says a lot about the kinship that this very select group of people has for each other. They’ve all served. It’s not so much about the politics at that time. It’s about honoring a very select member of that club.”
Incredible images of hundreds of thousands of cars in America…awaiting their fate & taking up space.
All fallout from the VW Diesel emissions scandal.
Sky News has the scoop.
What a gas station clerk said to ultra-cyclist Lael Wilcox after she removed her helmet and hadn’t showered for 17-days.
Wilcox cycles the equivalence of the circumference of globe every year.
New laws passed 23 days after one of the deadliest school shootings in American history.
“It’s an example to the entire country that government can and has moved fast.” FL Gov. Rick Scott, March 9, 2018
The big unanswered question at the center of the Florida school shooting is: Why, if the shooter was repeatedly violent & threatening, did he NOT have a police record?
Real Clear Investigations may have found the answer – and they aren’t the only ones.
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“Students charged with various misdemeanors, including assault, would now be disciplined through participation in ‘healing circles,’ obstacle courses and other ‘self-esteem building’ exercises.”
Billionaire-turned-shipwreck hunter, Paul Allen (also, the son of a WWII veteran) & his research team discovered a sunken U.S. aircraft carrier no one has seen since WWII.
Team posted play-by-play – View It Below!
“To pay tribute to the USS Lexington and the brave men that served on her is an honor. As Americans, all of us owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who served and who continue to serve our country for their courage, persistence and sacrifice.”
North Korea shipping chemical weapon supplies to Syrian government, according to a United Nations report reviewed exclusively by the New York Times.
Timing: America levied serious sanctions against North Korea shipping companies last Friday. Also reminder: President Assad agreed to “destroy” his chemical weapons back in 2014. Use of chemical weapons illegal & sanctioned by UN.