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Toxic gas follows molten lava as erupting Hawaii volcano destroys homes

Toxic gas follows molten lava as erupting Hawaii volcano destroys homesResidents evacuated from homes threatened by a volcanic eruption spewing lava and gas on Hawaii's Big Island were able to make a quick return visit on Sunday to rescue pets, medicines and essential documents. Authorities said more lava fissures opened overnight in the Leilani Estates area, where lava leapt up to 230 feet (70 metres) into the air. Nine homes had been destroyed, the Hawaii County Civil Defence Agency said. Some of the nearly 2,000 residents evacuated were allowed to go back during a 10-hour window on Sunday to pick up valuables, the agency said on Facebook, so long as conditions permitted. The Lanipuna Gardens neighbourhood remained off-limits due to dangerous volcanic gases. "This is not the time for sightseeing," the agency said on social media, urging others to stay away from the community about a dozen miles (19 km) from where the Kilauea volcano erupted on Thursday. No injuries or deaths have been reported. The southeast corner of the island was rocked by a powerful magnitude 6.9 earthquake on the volcano's south flank on Friday, the strongest tremor since 1975, and more earthquakes and eruptions were forecast, perhaps for months to come. Lava from a fissure slowly advancing to the northeast on Hookapu Street in Leilani Estates, Hawaii Credit: US Geological Survey/HO/AFP Photo Although no significant lava flows have yet formed, additional outbreaks of lava, which can reach temperatures of about 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit (1,150 Celsius), were expected. The rest of the island and state were conducting business as usual with no impact to flights to tourism centers, state officials said. "The area where lava is coming to the surface is very far from resort areas," said George Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Petra Wiesenbauer, owner of Hale Moana Hawaii Bed and Breakfast, evacuated on Friday evening with her two teenage children and pets. Kilauea volcano – Hawaii – locator map "Now we are just trying to make plans for the future," she said. "There is no telling when or if we'll ever be able to go back in." US Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, a Democrat, called on federal officials to quickly respond to needs such as short- and long-term housing and infrastructure repairs. Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes and one of five on the island, has been in constant eruption for 35 years.



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EPA Aide On Toxic Cleanups Resigns Amid Scott Pruitt Scandals

EPA Aide On Toxic Cleanups Resigns Amid Scott Pruitt ScandalsWASHINGTON — Albert "Kell" Kelly, a top aide to Environmental Protection



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Family of 4 Found Dead While on Mexican Vacation Died of Toxic Gas Inhalation, Police Say

Family of 4 Found Dead While on Mexican Vacation Died of Toxic Gas Inhalation, Police SayPolice are still investigating.



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8 Types Of Toxic People To Leave Behind In 2018

8 Types Of Toxic People To Leave Behind In 2018The new year is an opportunity to let go of the negative people in your life who are holding you back and weighing you down.



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AP Exclusive: Toxic sites in likely path of Irma

AP Exclusive: Toxic sites in likely path of IrmaMIAMI (AP) — Dozens of personnel from the Environmental Protection Agency worked to secure some of the nation's most contaminated toxic waste sites as Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida. The agency said its employees evacuated personnel, secured equipment and safeguarded hazardous materials in anticipation of storm surges and heavy rains.



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AP EXCLUSIVE: Toxic waste sites flooded in Houston area

AP EXCLUSIVE: Toxic waste sites flooded in Houston areaHIGHLANDS, Texas (AP) — As Dwight Chandler sipped beer and swept out the thick muck caked inside his devastated home, he worried whether Harvey's floodwaters had also washed in pollution from the old acid pit just a couple blocks away.



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Houston Faces Another Threat: Damaged Refineries Spewing Toxic Fumes

Houston Faces Another Threat: Damaged Refineries Spewing Toxic FumesHarris County, Texas, is home to around 4.5 million people and more than 40 percent of the nation’s petrochemical capacity.



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'Tsunami' of toxic wastewater kills plants, animals in Israel's desert

'Tsunami' of toxic wastewater kills plants, animals in Israel's desertBy Ari Rabinovitch MISHOR ROTEM, Israel (Reuters) – Toxic wastewater that surged through a dry riverbed in southern Israel at the weekend left a wake of ecological destruction more than 20 km (12 miles) long. The flood began last Friday when the 60 meter (yard) high wall of a reservoir at a phosphate factory partially collapsed, letting loose 100,000 cubic meters (26.4 million gallons) of highly acidic wastewater in the Ashalim riverbed. One section of the Ashalim riverbed is made up of narrow canyons, popular for hiking, but no one was around when the wastewater first gushed through.



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Democratic congressman: Our ‘toxic’ brand under Pelosi makes it hard to win

Democratic congressman: Our ‘toxic’ brand under Pelosi makes it hard to winRep. Tim Ryan says the party’s “toxic” brand under House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is making it difficult for Dems to connect with voters.



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The Toxic Myth Behind Vaccinations

The Toxic Myth Behind Vaccinations"At a time when President Trump is considering a vaccine safety commission, despite thousands of studies showing there is no connection between autism and the MMR vaccine.



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