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The Coast Guard received a report of an unmanned, adrift dinghy found offshore of the Big Island, five miles north of Kawaihae and the Kohala district, Dec. 4, 2016. The dinghy has evidence of recent use with two fishing rods, tackle box and fresh fish in the cooler aboard. (Courtesy photo/Released)

Coast Guard is searching for possibly two persons in the ocean after empty boat is found

The Coast Guard is searching for two possible persons in the water off of the Big Island, five miles north of Kawaihae and the Kohala district, Sunday (Dec 4).

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Winter Storm Warning for summits and other advisories for Hawaii Island

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Hawaii Island summits through 6 a.m. Monday (Dec 5) for summits above 11,000 feet. Heavy snow, blowing and drifting snow, strong winds and low visibilities will exist on summits. An additional 6-12 inches of snow is forecast for today and tonight.

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Rockfall into volcano causes explosive event Friday (Dec 2)

Rocks falling into the lava lake triggered a small explosive event that bombarded the rim of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater with spatter (fragments of molten lava), similar to Monday’s (Nov. 28) event.

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Federal Inspection Service (FIS) facility at the Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA). Photo courtesy of Hawaii Department of Transportation.

Customs facility reopens at Kona International Airport allowing direct foreign flights

“The resumption of international flights to Kona will have a wide-ranging positive impact on Hawai‘i Island and the state as a whole by boosting tourism spending, creating jobs and generating millions of dollars for our economy,” said Gov. David Y. Ige.

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Volcano Watch: International gathering addresses best practices in volcano hazard assessment

In mid-November 2016, 70 representatives of volcano observatories from 20 volcanically active nations around the world came together at the Volcano Observatory Best Practices workshops.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for December 1, 2016

On Dec. 1, a new breakout from the 61g vent area on the flank of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō sent a small surface flow to the east, on top of existing 61g flows.

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Dying Ohia Trees from Rapid Ohia Death (ROD). Photo courtesy of DLNR.

Rapid Ohia Death Summit held on Oahu, calls for $10M in funding

The fungal disease has devastated more than 50,000 acres of native ʻōhiʻa, one of Hawaii’i’s most prized and culturally important forest trees.

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LavaTalk: Explosion of lava at Kilauea summit due to rockfall Monday (Nov 28)

At 11:59 a.m., a rockfall from the south wall of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater triggered a small explosive event in the summit lava lake.

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LavaTalk: Kilauea Volcano status update for Sunday (Nov 27)

The Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō breakout that originated in the uppermost part of the 61g flow field near Puʻu Halulu continues and satellite images show its front at roughly 1km from where it first issued lava.

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A breakout started from the episode 61g vent on the east flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō Monday morning (November 21) at around 08:40 a.m. The breakout sent lava flows south and northeast, and these flows were still active as of Wednesday night (Nov 23). This image, captured at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday (Nov 23), is from a webcam on Puʻu Halulu that looks southwest toward Puʻu ʻŌʻō (background). The light colored lava extending into the foreground is the more-active northeast branch of the breakout. This breakout poses no threat to nearby communities. Photo courtesy of USGS/HVO

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for November 23, 2016

On Nov. 21, a new breakout from the upper part of the 61g tube on the flank of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō sent surface flows to the east and south. The flow currently poses no threats to the community.

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Volcano Watch: An assumption about Kīlauea Volcano is proven wrong

Sometimes, such an assumption is repeated so often that it takes on the aura of a “fact” itself. This is the story of how one such assumption about Kīlauea’s recent past was proven wrong—and only in the past couple of months!

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Strong 7.4M quake in Japan which was under a tsunami warning, no threat to Hawaii

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 occurred near the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 10:59 a.m. HAST on Monday, November 21, 2016. Tsunamis were generated along coasts located within 300 km (186 miles) of the earthquake epicenter. All tsunami advisories have since been lifted for Japan.

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