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MAGNITUDE 3.6 ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII #earthquake #hawaii #usa

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Depth: 36 km

Distances: 3831 km NE of Majuro, Marshall Islands / pop: 25,400 / local time: 12:31:20.0 2020-04-13

339 km SE of Honolulu, United States / pop: 372,000 / local time: 14:31:20.0 2020-04-12
64 km SW of Hilo, United States / pop: 43,300 / local time: 14:31:20.0 2020-04-12
7 km NE of Pāhala, United States / pop: 1,400 / local time: 14:31:20.0 2020-04-12

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Depth: 0 km

Distances: 3857 km NE of Majuro, Marshall Islands / pop: 25,400 / local time: 08:27:28.5 2017-03-24
357 km SE of Honolulu, United States / pop: 372,000 / local time: 10:27:28.5 2017-03-23
50 km S of Hilo, United States / pop: 43,300 / local time: 10:27:28.5 2017-03-23
16 km S of Volcano, United States / pop: 2,600 / local time: 10:27:28.5 2017-03-23

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Depth: 22 km

Distances: 3769 km NE of Majuro, Marshall Islands / pop: 25,400 / local time: 01:03:36.6 2017-03-10
106 km E of Honolulu, United States / pop: 372,000 / local time: 03:03:36.6 2017-03-09
88 km NW of Wailuku, United States / pop: 15,400 / local time: 03:03:36.6 2017-03-09
52 km N of Kualapu‘u, United States / pop: 2,100 / local time: 03:03:36.6 2017-03-09

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Tropical Storm Guillermo: ‘People should stay up to date and prepare’ in the Eastern Pacific towards Hawaii

Tropical Storm Guillermo continues to strengthen in the Eastern Pacific and maintain its course toward Hawaii. The cyclone is expected to build into a Category 1 hurricane today and maintain hurricane strength for several days before weakening back to a tropical storm on Tuesday.
But forecasters acknowledge the system has a lot of unknowns at this point. It could pass north of the state, bringing humidity reminiscent of tropical storms Ela and Enrique. It could hold its northwest track toward the island, or even weaken and veer south, said John Bravender, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Honolulu. The storm could also intensify beyond current projections.
“We don’t want people to focus on one particular solution,” Bravender said. “It has the potential to approach the state, and people should stay up to date and prepare.”
By Tuesday night, the system is expected to be about 500 miles east of the Big Island as a tropical storm circulating 65 mph winds. At that point, a forecast break in a high pressure ridge should have the system veering onto a more northwesterly tack away from the islands, National Weather Service forecasters in Florida say.
Located 1,955 miles east-southeast of Kailua-Kona, Guillermo is set to peak with 90 mph winds on Saturday and Sunday, with some weakening beginning Monday as the system moves into an area of increased wind shear and lower sea surface temperatures. The storm is traveling west-northwest at 13 mph, with tropical storm force winds extending 60 miles from the center.
Guillermo is traveling south of a subtropical ridge, and weather models show a break in the ridge developing in the next few days, allowing the storm to begin a slight northwestward turn about 800 miles east-southeast of Hilo on Sunday. The forecast track has the storm gradually slowing in forward speed in the beginning of the week.
Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center in Florida, cautioned that extended forecasts have a high degree of uncertainty.
“The track does appear to slow down on Monday and Tuesday, but we’ll have to see how that shakes out,” he said. “The message for Hawaii is there is no immediate cause for concern, but when a tropical cyclone is in that area, you don’t want to get caught off guard, and everyone should have a hurricane plan.”
Packing 45 mph winds, Guillermo is in a moist, unstable environment with 84 degree water conducive for development over the next several days. Forecasters with the NHC say the storm could go through a period of rapid intensification today. Satellite imagery shows bands of thunderstorms churning in the storm’s northern quadrant and entering the center from the west.
Guillermo is expected to enter the Central North Pacific basin on Saturday.
Tropical Depression Eight E became a remnant low overnight about 1,000 miles east of Hilo. The low was generating scattered thunderstorms at it moved west as 10 to 15 mph. The system is not expected to redevelop or have much effect on Hawaii.
Courtesy of westhawaiitoday.com

Very rare snow blizzard strikes parts of Hawaii

Snow Alert

Some people in Hawaii are dreaming of a White Christmas.
A blizzard warning remained in effect Wednesday for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii. While snow on the mountains is common, a blizzard with significant accumulation is unusual.
Up to 8 inches of snow could accumulate above 11,500 feet, the National Weather Service said. “Usually it’s just a dusting or up to an inch or two,” said weather service Meteorologist Norman Hui. “Right now we have a pretty powerful winter storm.”
Kimberly Zarate-Amaya can normally see the summit of Mauna Kea from her home in Mountain View, but Wednesday’s dense fog made it difficult to get a glimpse of the snow-capped mountain.
She was hoping to be able to take her kids up to Mauna Kea to see the snow, but the road was closed Wednesday because of icy conditions.
“Honestly the fact it’s coming at Christmas is what makes it exciting,” she said. “How often we can say in Hawaii we have a White Christmas?”
The earliest the public can go up will likely be Friday, as road-clearing crews won’t be working on Christmas, said Ryan Lyman, forecast meteorologist for the Mauna Kea Weather Center. But people living on the Hilo side of the island will at least get a glimpse of a white mountain because the snow will be around for a few days before melting, he said.
The last time there was a White Christmas was in 2008, he said.
If Zarate-Amaya and her family can’t get to the snow, they’ll instead head to the town of Pahoa to get a glimpse of lava flowing from Kilauea volcano. 
Hawaii County Civil Defense said the lava remained stalled Wednesday about 700 yards from a shopping center. The leading edged hadn’t advanced since Monday, giving the community hope the lava would wait until after Christmas before oozing into Pahoa Marketplace.
“The lava stalled and then the snow fell,” Zarate-Amaya said. “Nowhere else in the world they can say that.”
Courtesy of New York Post
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Lava From Hawaii Volcano Picks up Speed

Hawaii Volcano
A growing stream of lava threatening homes on Hawaii’s Big Island is expanding and speeding up as it heads toward a small rural town.
Officials say the lava advanced nearly 460 yards from Thursday morning to Friday.
The narrow, leading edge of the lava flow is now just 250 yards from a side road, which has been closed.
No evacuations have been ordered, and the residents of a home that is nearest to the flow already have left voluntarily.
Hawaii County Civil Defense is planning to go door-to-door Saturday to find out how many people might need shelter if the eruption continues at its current pace.
Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira has said he will give residents three to five days of notice before an evacuation order.



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Depth: 16 km

Distances: 12km (7mi) WNW of Waimea, Hawaii
51km (32mi) NNE of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
81km (50mi) WNW of Hilo, Hawaii
99km (62mi) WNW of Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii
256km (159mi) ESE of Honolulu, Hawaii

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Hurricane emergency procedures underway in Hawaii

Hurricane Alert

The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is scheduling closures at designated public schools in advance of storms Iselle and Julio

On Thursday, Aug. 7, all public schools in Hawaii and Maui Counties (Maui, Molokai, Lanai) will be closed. All other public schools will remain open and continue their regular school schedule and afterschool activities.

School closures are being made according to the storms’ paths and in preparation of designated emergency shelter sites.

“The force of these storms remain uncertain, however, we do not want to wait until last minute to close our schools,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “Additionally, many of our schools are designated emergency shelters and it is necessary to prepare these facilities as the storms approach.”

State and County Civil Defense officials expect Iselle to impact Hawaii Island and Maui County (Maui, Molokai, Lanai) on Thursday. Julio is forecasted to impact the Hawaiian Islands on Sunday.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 6: The following Hawaii County public schools, which are designated emergency shelters, will close at 2 p.m. This means all afterschool activities for students and staff are canceled at these schools, as well as any scheduled public meetings:

Kohala High & Elementary
Kealakehe High (pet friendly)
Konawaena High (pet friendly)
Hilo High (pet friendly)
Waiakea High (pet friendly)

Keaau High (pet friendly)
Pahoa High & Intermediate (pet friendly)
Honokaa High & Intermediate (pet friendly)
Kau High (pet friendly)
Waikoloa Elementary

THURSDAY, AUG. 7: All public schools in Hawaii and Maui Counties (Maui, Molokai, Lanai) will be closed.

FRIDAY, AUG. 8: The schools in Hawaii and Maui Counties that are designated emergency shelters will remain closed on Friday. The Hawaii County schools are listed above, Maui County designated shelters are:

Baldwin High
Lokelani Intermediate
Kekaulike High
Hana High & Elementary
Molokai High
Kilohana Elementary

In Hawaii County, three complex areas serve more than 23,000 students: Hilo-Laupahoehoe-Waiakea (7,864), Honokaa-Kealakehe-Kohala-Konawaena (10,167), Kau-Keaau-Pahoa (5,414). There are more than 21,000 students in Maui County on three islands. Statewide, the DOE serves about 185,000 students at 289 public schools and charter schools.

DOE officials continue to meet with State Civil Defense and are closely monitoring the storms’ patterns. Information regarding public schools and afterschool activities will be announced as needed.

Hawaii to be Impacted by Two Hurricanes

Hawaii is bracing for the rare possibility of being impacted by two back-to-back hurricanes/tropical storms.
First, is Hurricane Iselle.  As of 7am CT it is located at 15.9N 138.6W; moving: W at 8mph; minimum pressure:  955 mb; maximum sustained winds:  125 mph.
At this time Iselle is forecast to be downgraded to a tropical storm before it impacts Hawaii on Thursday.  It is forecast to move directly over the big island around 11pm Hawaii Time Thursday night.  (Hawaii time is 5 hours behind central time or Wichita Falls time).  It will continue to move along the islands wreaking havoc until 11pm Hawaii Time Saturday night.
The second storms is Tropical Storm Julio.  As of 7am CT Julio is located at 13.6N 123.7W; moving: W @ 15 mph; minimum pressure:  1000mb; maximum sustained winds:  60 mph.
Julio is forecast to be upgraded to a hurricane by late tonight Hawaii time.  It is then forecast to plow towards the Hawaiian Islands.  At this time the long range forecast has Julio moving just north of the Big Island of Hawaii early Sunday morning Hawaii time.
If you have plans to travel to Hawaii in the next few days you need to pay VERY CLOSE ATTENTION to these tropical forecasts.
According to NBC/Weather Channel Meteorologist Al Roker the last time Hawaii was impacted by two tropical systems back-to-back was in the early 1980s.

Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano in the world, has rumbled back to life in Hawaii

Volcano Alert

Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano in the world, has rumbled back to life in Hawaii over the past year with more seismic activity than at any time since the last eruption, scientists say, while calling it too soon to predict when it will blast.