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Monday, May 28, 2018

DAY 26: Kilauea Volcano Eruption in Puna

Things are getting worse on the Big Island of Hawaii:
  • Halemaumau Crater (at the top of Kilauea Volcano) released explosive ash twice this morning, to elevations of 12,000 feet and 15,000 feet, meaning a lot more fallout for residents of the island.
  • The first Puna Geothermal Ventures well was covered by lava, and more are threatened.
  • There are now 24 fissures.
When I posted on Memorial Day a year ago, I indicated a grand total of 651,008 American battle deaths.  Terrible, of course, and this is why we have this holiday today, to remember who sacrificed the most for the Freedom we enjoy.  However, the following summary indicates total war deaths:

American Revolution: 52,000? (Only a rough estimate)
War of 1812: 30,000? (No good numbers)
Civil War: 600,000?
Spanish-American War: 10,000? (Nobody really knows)
WWI: 16 million
WWII: 58 million
Korea: 2.7 million
Vietnam: 4.7 million
First Gulf War: 20,000 - 200,000 
Current Iraq war: 50,000 (some estimates range up to 650,000)

Add them up and you get 82 million people killed involving the USA beginning with the American Revolutionary War.  Thus, wars kill 126 civilians for each warrior.  Memorial Day should mean a lot more than just recognizing military war deaths.

Tomorrow will be Day 27 of the latest Big Island eruption.  To continue the theme of war, I will report on the latest Star Wars film.

Tropical Storm Alberto made landfall over the Florida Panhandle today:


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