Published 2:25 pm CDT, Sunday, March 31, 2019 HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey is looking for a new home for the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory after it became displaced because of the Kilauea volcano eruption last year. The observatory office and Jaggar Museum near the edge of the Kilauea caldera in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are considered irreparable following dozens of collapses to the caldera, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Saturday. The agency is looking at several possibilities for a long-term permanent home, including sites on the Big Island and even Oahu, said Janet Babb, observatory spokeswoman and geologist. "Those planning efforts are examining a multitude of options including ones on the island of Hawaii," Babb said. "Oahu has been mentioned, but it's not any more or less likely than other options that are on the table." Observatory personnel are currently working out of offices at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. They plan to … [Read more...] about US Geological Survey searches for new site for observatory
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Melissa Nann Burke The Detroit News Published 6:37 PM EST Dec 11, 2018 Washington — Michigan lawmakers are introducing bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House this week seeking to expedite the federal government's detection of contamination by harmful fluorinated compounds known as PFAS chemicals. U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, and Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, are pushing the bill regarding PFAS contamination after toxic compounds were detected at high levels in at least 34 sites throughout Michigan, including around military bases in Oscoda, Alpena and Grayling. PFAS chemicals have long been used in products such as Teflon, Scotchgard and firefighting foam. The PFAS Detection Act would designate $50 million over five years for the U.S. Geological Survey to set a performance standard and develop new technologies to detect PFAS in the environment. The legislation also requires the Geological Survey … [Read more...] about U.S. House bill aims to boost detection of PFAS in environment
Rachel D'oro and Dan Joling, Associated Press Published 8:52 pm PST, Friday, November 30, 2018 This aerial photo shows damage on Vine Road, south of Wasilla, Alaska, after earthquakes Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 shattered highways and rocked buildings Friday in Anchorage and the surrounding area, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a tsunami warning for islands and coastal areas south of the city. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP) less This aerial photo shows damage on Vine Road, south of Wasilla, Alaska, after earthquakes Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 shattered highways and rocked buildings Friday in ... more Photo: Marc Lester, AP Photo: Marc Lester, AP Image 1 of / 22 … [Read more...] about Alaska surveys damage from major earthquakes
United States Department of Agriculture Research Ecologist Eric Knapp talks about how this section of the Stanislaus-Tuolumne Experimental Forest was burned in the Spring in June (early season) and will be compared to a Fall (late season) burn to determine if any differences occur in the trees in Pinecrest, California, on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. In both sections, the forest with thinned. (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group) United States Department of Agriculture Research Ecologist Eric Knapp talks about how this section of the Stanislaus-Tuolumne Experimental Forest will be burned in Fall (late season) to compare the burn’s effect to a section that was burned in the Spring in June (early season) in Pinecrest, California, on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. In this section, several bares trees remain from past fires. (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group) A view of Stanislaus-Tuolumne Experimental Forest in the Stanislaus National Forest with the Emigrant Wilderness in the background in … [Read more...] about Is California’s firefighting strategy making future fires worse?
The Associated Press Published 3:51 pm CDT, Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Now Playing: North Carolina officials say even though the sun is shining in parts of the state, major flooding is continuing in the aftermath of Florence and is expected to worsen in some areas. (Sept. 18) Media: Associated Press The sun is finally shining over parts of the Carolinas, but the clearing skies are only revealing the extent of Florence's wrath . Though the hurricane packed 90 mph (145 kph) winds as it came ashore, the amount of water Florence pushed ashore and dropped inland has swamped vast areas still vulnerable to rising rivers. Here are snapshots from the counties hit the hardest: NORTH CAROLINA BLADEN COUNTY Florence dropped the most rain over Elizabethtown, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) from the coast. According to the National Weather Service, almost 36 inches (91 centimeters) of rain fell over the city that lies along alongside the Cape Fear River. That breaks a … [Read more...] about Clearing skies reveal Florence’s wrath in hard-hit counties