On Thursday my posting reported from TIME magazine that Ocean County in New Jersey was the most dangerous in the USA, mostly from storms. They got to be kidding. Send the TIME editors to Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii. This is the most dangerous spot, maybe on Planet Earth, and certainly for potential natural disasters.
Then, when you think it can't get any worse, today, the morning paper had this headline:
Signs show Mauna Loa is stirring
Kilauea is but a minor protuberance next to Mauna Loa, which rises to 13,658 feet, and since 1843 has erupted on 33 occasions, or every five years. However, the last time this occurred was thirty years ago when the flow got oh so close to the town of Hilo, and this is what it looked like at night:
1950 Mauna Loa erupted and the flow was towards the Kona side, REACHING THE OCEAN IN A LITTLE OVER THREE HOURS. Want a scary story that could happen again, read that link. To the right shows Mauna Loa generously disbursing the flow in all directions. (Click on it to read the details.)
Luckily, although this has happened before, Hawaiian volcanoes recently have not exploded like Mount St. Helens did in Washington a third of a century ago:
Hawaii has no hurricanes anywhere near us, but there is now Tropical Storm Polo at 40 MPH on the heels of Hurricane Odile, but is predicted to "only" skirt Baja, unlike Odile, which made a turn to the right and went right over this peninsula, devastating Cabo San Lucas, sending 30,000 tourists into temporary shelters. The cruise industry will certainly be affected and no doubt will skip stopping here for a while.
In the Atlantic, Hurricane Edouard is now at 120 MPH, but is continuing to move away from the USA: