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Scientists downgrade alert level for Hawaii volcano

Aug. 17, 2018 11:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Slowing activity at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has prompted scientists on Friday to downgrade their alert level for the mountain. The U.S. Geological Survey issued a "watch" for Kilauea's ground hazards, down from a "warning." But scientists say this doesn't mean the eruption, which has...

The Latest: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park assessing damage

Aug. 17, 2018 10:18 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the slowing of Kilauea volcano's eruption (all times local): 3 p.m. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is taking advantage of a lull in Kilauea's eruption to assess damage to the park. The Park Service said in a statement Friday a specialized team will thoroughly assess damage...

Missing hiker found on Mount St. Helens ate berries, bees

Aug. 15, 2018 8:50 PM EDT

COUGAR, Wash. (AP) — An Ohio man who was missing on Mount St. Helens was found Wednesday on a flank of the peak nearly a week after he set out on a day hike and survived by eating berries and bees, authorities and the man's relatives said. Matthew B. Matheny, 40, of Warren, Ohio, was in good condition,...

The Latest: Parents of missing hiker: He survived on berries

Aug. 15, 2018 8:19 PM EDT

COUGAR, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on an Ohio man found alive after he went missing nearly a week near Mount St. Helens in Washington state (all times local): 5:16 p.m. The parents of an Ohio man found alive after he went missing nearly a week ago on a hike near Mount St. Helens in Washington state say he is...

Alert level raised for tiny volcanic isle in southern Japan

Aug. 15, 2018 6:06 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan raised alert levels on a small southern volcanic island on Wednesday, urging its 105 residents to prepare for an evacuation amid growing risks of an eruption. Japan Meteorological Agency raised the warning for Kuchinoerabu island from two to four on a scale of five. The agency said it...

Ige wins Hawaii Democratic governor primary

Aug. 12, 2018 7:28 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Despite a challenging first term marked by both natural and man-made disasters, Hawaii Gov. David Ige won the Democratic primary in his bid for a second term in office Saturday, defeating U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. Ige's administration fumbled through a false missile alert that sent the...

After Indonesia quake, a new worry: deadly aftershocks

Aug. 10, 2018 7:25 AM EDT

MATARAM, Indonesia (AP) — After a deadly earthquake devastated the Indonesian island of Lombok last weekend, Husni Handayani thought the worst was over. The powerful quake claimed hundreds of lives, wounded thousands more and displaced over 270,000 people. But it left her own home in the provincial...

Hawaii grapples with lava, hurricane as election nears

Aug. 7, 2018 4:08 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — As Hawaii readies for its primary elections on Saturday, voters are grappling with an erupting volcano and Hurricane Hector. Elections are challenging times for candidates even in the best of circumstances. But Big Island politicians frequently have extra adversity, given they live on top...

Road damage from earthquakes is latest Hawaii volcano peril

Aug. 2, 2018 11:22 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials on Hawaii's Big Island, where the Kilauea volcano has been spewing huge amounts of lava for months, are bracing for the possibility that frequent earthquakes will cut off a major highway. Emergency officials dealing with the eruption are turning their focus to the aptly named...

'I thought I was dying': Injured tourist recalls lava blast

Jul. 31, 2018 9:32 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Jessica Tilton wanted to see lava flowing into the ocean off Hawaii's Big Island but thought her sightseeing boat got too close to the explosive phenomenon. "It was too close for comfort," the 20-year-old from Washington, Illinois, told reporters Tuesday from her Honolulu hospital bed. She...