On Saturday morning, the freshwater Green Lake on Hawaii's Big Island was there. By afternoon, it was gone, completely evaporated by boiling hot lava.
Lava from the Kilauea volcano crossed a highway and entered the lake at 10 a.m., and by 3 p.m., the lake was filled with lava and all of the water evaporated, the U.S. Geological Survey says. Green Lake was a major source of freshwater on the island.
"The lava is quite hot, so it boiled away the water," USGS volcanologist Sally Sennert told NPR. "The lava flows, like a stream of water, are going to take the path of least resistance as they flow downhill." Sennert said she does not believe the lake will make a comeback. The volcano had a major eruption last month, and smaller eruptions continue to take place. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed by lava, which is moving at 656 yards an hour, and thousands of residents have been displaced. Catherine Garcia
The Fuego volcano in Guatemala exploded on Tuesday, sending gas and molten rock down toward rescue workers and residents trying to recover from its eruption on Sunday, which left at least 72 people dead.
The eruption on Sunday was the volcano's biggest one in more than 40 years, Reuters reports, and hundreds of people remain missing. On Sunday, there was no warning that the volcano was about to erupt, but on Tuesday, an alarm went off, giving people more time to escape or take cover. Guatemala's national disaster agency has ordered additional mandatory evacuations near Fuego.
The volcano — one of 34 in the country — is about 30 miles away from Guatemala City, and has been erupting on and off for the last 16 years. Catherine Garcia
It's been four days since the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island erupted, and officials can only do so much to further protect residents from the miles-long streams of lava.
Some residents are still inside a neighborhood that was evacuated Sunday night, reports CBS News, and local police have said that they will not enter the area to get those people out.
The eruption started Thursday and has destroyed at least 31 homes and buildings. A series of earthquakes has combined with the volcano's eruption and created major fissures in the ground, while the volcano continues to spew lava. About 1,700 people on the island have been evacuated from their homes, CBS News reports.
In Leilani Estates, emergency management officials warned residents to get out immediately. But police and firefighters aren't entering the area for those who remain because there's nothing they can do to fight the flows, which have traveled 25 miles to reach Leilani Estates.
Officials predict that the lava streams will continue as more vents open up to release the extensive buildup of underground magma. Even residents who aren't in the lava's line of destruction are at risk, as the volcano emits sulfur dioxide, a toxic smoke. Some neighborhoods have been evacuated because of the smoke hazard, which can be deadly. Read more at CBS News. Summer Meza
At least 21 houses have been destroyed by lava flowing from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, officials said Sunday.
The eruption started late Thursday afternoon, and scientists said at one point lava was spewing more than 200 feet into the air. U.S. Geological Survey volcanologist Wendy Stovall said that two new fissures have emerged in the Leilani Estates subdivision, and "there's more magma in the system to be erupted. As long as that supply is there, the eruption will continue." More than 1,700 people have been evacuated from the area, and it's unknown when they'll be able to return to the neighborhood. Catherine Garcia
Tropical Cyclone Gita hit Tonga hard Monday night and into Tuesday morning, bringing down power lines, destroying buildings and crops, and causing injuries across the kingdom.
The winds were stronger than predicted, reaching 144 mph, and they ripped the roof off of the Tonga meteorological office, taking the national broadcaster off the air. The wind also flattened parts of the Parliament House, The Guardian reports, and several landmark buildings are "extremely badly damaged or destroyed," Graham Kenna of Tonga's National Emergency Management told Radio New Zealand. "It's quite a bad situation." There are 176 islands in the Kingdom of Tonga, 40 of them inhabited, and officials fear the damage could be even worse in the more isolated islands, where information is slow to come out.
Gita was the worst cyclone to pass so close to Tonga's main islands in six decades. It's expected to hit Fiji's Lau Islands by midday Tuesday. Catherine Garcia
Giant earthquake off Alaska coast triggers tsunami alerts for the entire West Coast of the U.S. and Canada
A magnitude 7.9 earthquake off the coast of Alaska early Tuesday prompted NOAA's U.S. Tsunami Warning System to issue a tsunami warning for parts of Alaska and all of coastal British Columbia, and put the entire U.S. West Coast and Hawaii on tsunami watch. The earthquake struck 157 miles southeast of Chiniak, Alaska, at about 3:30 a.m. Alaska Standard Time (9:31 a.m. GMT), the U.S. Geological Survey said, and the National Weather Service (NWS) issued this map estimating when the tsunami would hit various areas. The NWS's Los Angeles office estimated that the tsunami would hit southwest California between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. local time.
Tue Jan 23 10:44:28 UTC 2018 event picture pic.twitter.com/k7EtHLoRAm
— NWS Tsunami Alerts (@NWS_NTWC) January 23, 2018
People who live in coastal Alaska and British Columbia should "move inland to higher ground," the Anchorage Office of Emergency Management said. "Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami with significant inundation is possible or is already occurring." The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that, "based on all available data a tsunami may have been generated by this earthquake that could be destructive on coastal areas even far from the epicenter." Japan's meteorological agency did not issue a tsunami alert but said it is monitoring the situation, Reuters reports. Peter Weber
Update 7:35 a.m. ET: The tsunami warnings and other alerts have now been canceled for Alaska, British Columbia, and the U.S. West Coast after "additional information and analysis have better defined the threat."
Authorities have raised the alert level for Mount Mayon to four on a scale of five, warning residents living near the most active volcano in the Philippines that a major eruption could happen within hours.
On Monday night, an ash plume rose up to 2 miles high, and airplanes were not allowed to fly in the vicinity. A week ago, the volcano started to rumble, and rocks and debris have been tumbling down to the villages below ever since. More than 30,000 people living near the volcano in Albay province have been moved to evacuation centers, and so far there are no reports of any deaths or injuries.
Mount Mayon is 210 miles southeast of Manila, and its worst eruption took place in 1814, when more than 1,200 people were killed and the entire town of Cagsawa was buried underneath volcanic mud. Catherine Garcia
Authorities have told 100,000 people living near Mount Agung on the Indonesian island of Bali to leave their houses, fearing that the volcano will soon erupt.
Over the weekend, the volcano started to hurl ash nearly 10,000 feet into the air, and lava is visible inside the crater. Because it's too dangerous for airplanes to fly through volcanic ash, Bali's international airport has been closed for the past two days, stranding tens of thousands of visitors.
Mount Agung's last major eruption took place in 1963, killing around 1,100 people. Several residents have said they feel safe and don't want to leave their houses and livestock behind, The Associated Press reports, but a spokesman for Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency said "if necessary, we will forcibly evacuate them." It's possible that the volcano could keep its current level of activity for several weeks. Catherine Garcia