Earthquake in Indonesia. Volcano in Japan. Flooding in Hawaii.

CORRECTS YEAR – In this April 19, 2018, photo, volcanic smoke billows from Mt. Io, foreground, part of the Kirishima mountain range on Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu, taken over Ebino city, Miyazaki prefecture. The Meteorological Agency said Friday, April 20, 2018 that Mt. Io erupted for the first time since 1768, spewing smoke and ash high into the sky. The agency has expanded a no-go zone to the entire mountain from just around the volcano’s crater. At back is Shinmoedake volcano. (Kyodo News via AP) Full story:

No-go warning issued in southern Japan as volcano erupts for first time in 250 years

A volcano in southern Japan erupted for the first time in 250 years today, spewing steam and ash hundreds of metres into the air, as authorities warned locals not to approach the mountain.

“There is a possibility that (Mount Io) will become more active,” said Makoto Saito, an official from the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), confirming the eruption…


Earthquake in Indonesia Kills Three and Damages Hundreds of Homes

A shallow earthquake in central Indonesia has killed three people and damaged more than 300 homes.

Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysic

s Agency said the magnitude-4.4 quake that occurred Wednesday at a depth of 4 kilometers (2.4 miles) was centered about 52 kilometers (32 miles) north of Kebumen, a densely populated district of Central Java province.

Central Java’s Disaster Management Agency head Sarwo Pramana said Thursday the quake which was felt in many parts of the province killed two elderly people and a 13-year-old boy who were crushed by collapsing buildings…


Kauai Struggles With Severe Flooding, As More Rain Is In The Forecast

The Hawaiian island of Kauai is struggling to recover from severe flooding caused by a deluge last weekend — and bracing for still more rain forecast over the next few days.

A flash flood watch is in place for all of Hawaii. Rain is expected to begin again on Thursday night.

“Even though widespread heavy rainfall is not expected on Kauai, given the high levels of saturation from recent rainfall, any additional moderate rain falling for an extended period of time could quickly result in flooding problems,” the National Weather Service notes.

On Saturday and Sunday, Kauai experienced a record-setting storm, with the NWS describing the rate of rainfall as “unprecedented.”

“A gauge in Hanalei measured more than 28 inches before it “stopped reporting,” the NWS says. That was a few fractions of an inch under the 24-hour rainfall record…

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