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State approves two medical marijuana dispensaries for Hawaii Island

After receiving more than 60 applications in January a four-member selection panel reviewed and scored applications. The Hawaii State Department of Health awarded two licenses for the County of Hawaii.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for April 28, 2016

Kīlauea continues to erupt at its summit and East Rift Zone. During the past week, the summit lava lake level varied between about 31.5 and 39 m (103–128 ft) below the vent rim.

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Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira at a community meeting at Pahoa High School on September 18, 2014 regarding the June 27th Lava Flow threatening the community. Hawaii 24/7 File Photo

Volcano Watch: Right person at the right time for the right job—Mahalo nui loa, Darryl Oliveira!

This past week was Darryl Oliveira’s last as the Administrator of Hawai‘i County CD, a position he has held since early 2013. He retires effective May 1, 2016.

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Ching Nagata is confirmed as district court judge

Members of the State Senate today confirmed Darien W.L. Ching Nagata to serve as a district court judge of the Third Circuit, State of Hawai‘i.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for April 21, 2016

Scattered lava flow activity remained within about 3.5 miles northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō and was not threatening nearby communities.

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A comparison of the 1946 Stearns and MacDonald map (left) and the 1996 BIMP map, digitized in 2005 (right), shows how the understanding of Hawai‘i Island’s geology advanced over half a century. The Geologic Map of the Island of Hawaii is available online at http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/2005/144/. Paper copies can be ordered from the USGS Publications Warehouse: https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/i2524A (geologic map and explanatory pamphlet) and https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/i2524B (sample map and explanatory pamphlet). Graphic from USGS General Interest Product 135.

Volcano Watch: Happy birthday to the Hawai‘i Island geologic map!

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Geologic Map of the Island of Hawaii, known affectionately to local volcanologists as the BIMP (Big Island Mapping Project).

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Hawaiian Airlines pilots and other supporters conducted informational picketing outside Honolulu International Airport Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

Hawaiian Airlines pilots to vote on strike authorization

On April 14, ALPA’s Hawaiian Airlines Master Executive Council voted unanimously to conduct a strike authorization ballot.

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Very strong 7.7M quake in Ecuador, no damaging tsunami threat to Hawaii

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 occurred near the coast of Ecuador at 1:58 p.m. HST on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Based on all available data there is no damaging tsunami threat to Hawaii, however hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts near the epicenter in Ecuador.

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Volcano Watch: Gentle reminders for all Hawaii residents to prepare for damaging earthquakes

Early morning on March 28, 2016, a magnitude-3.6 (M3.6) earthquake struck beneath the isthmus connecting West and East Maui. Four days later a M4.2 earthquake, centered roughly 88 km (55 mi) east of Hana, Maui, was felt across the State. Three days later,

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One benefit of passing showers today at Kīlauea's summit was a double rainbow. Halemaʻumaʻu Crater is at the right side of the photo, and the gas plume from the active lava lake can be seen drifting towards the southwest. At the far right edge of the image, visitors take in the view at Jaggar Overlook. Photo taken Tuesday, April 12, 2016 courtesy of USGS/HVO

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for April 14, 2016

Kīlauea continues to erupt at its summit and East Rift Zone. During the past week, the summit lava lake level varied between about 102–190 feet below the vent rim.

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During the Mauna Loa 1950 eruption, three large, fast-moving lava flows advanced down the west flank of the volcano, each crossing the main highway before reaching the ocean. The Ka‘apuna flow, shown here, traveled from the Southwest Rift Zone vent (7,800 ft elevation) to the coast in just 17 hours, creating a huge steam plume as lava flowed into the sea. The glowing edges and fast-moving channels of the 10- to 25-ft thick ‘a‘ā flow appear white in this June 2, 1950, aerial image. Photo courtesy of Air National Guard, 199th Fighter Squadron.

Volcano Watch: Mauna Loa 1950 eruption – A lot of lava with little warning

Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano on Earth, is not erupting, but is stirring. Seismicity remains elevated above long-term background levels, and ground deformation indicates continued inflation of a magma reservoir beneath the volcano.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for April 7, 2016

During the past week, the summit lava lake level varied between about 70–170 feet below the vent rim within Halema‘uma‘u Crater as Kilauea continues to erupt at the summit.

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