PARADISE POPS OFF! Kilauea Blows Her Top, Ash Plume Rising!

There are certainly advantages and disadvantages to living just about anywhere in this grand nation of ours, and even the most sublime of tropical paradises have their own hidden concerns.

Take Atlanta, my hometown, as a mild example.  The city itself is built beautifully within a forest, and is a bit of a sprawl.  While this gives the capital of the south a very quaint, down-home feel, it also allows us to coincide with a number of nature’s more worrisome beasts.  Alligators, coyotes, Brown Recluse spiders, and copperheads all lurk within our public spaces here in The A, but we learn to live with it because this is the city too busy to hate.

In New York State’s upstate vistas you have some of the most breathtaking temperate forests in the nation, with some of the world’s most underrated whitetail deer hunting available anywhere.  To balance you out, you’ll be shoveling snow twice a week from October until April.

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Then there’s Hawaii, that provides us with a dichotomy of danger so wide and chasm-like that we cannot look away.

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted anew before dawn Thursday, shooting a steely gray plume of ash about 30,000 feet (9,100 meters) into the sky that began raining down on a nearby town.

The explosion at the mountain summit came shortly after 4 a.m. following two weeks of volcanic activity that sent lava flows into neighborhoods and destroyed at least 26 homes.

The eruption probably lasted only a few minutes, and the ash accumulations were minimal, with only trace amounts expected near the volcano, said Mike Poland, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey.

The explosive eruption comes just a day after experts warned of imminent danger from the sleeping giant.

As with any tourist town tragedy, the entire scene was captured on social media.

All eyes are still fixed on Mount Kilauea as experts warn that the volcano is not likely to slow down anytime soon.


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