Molten Lava Is Flowing Into The Ocean In Hawaii

Last night, a lava breakout in Hawaii flowed into the Pacific Ocean after creeping toward the coast for weeks.

The flow, which originating from Kilauea volcano’s Puʻu ʻŌʻō vent, officially made contact with the water at 1:12 a.m. HST on Tuesday, according to the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Videos and photos of the rare occurrence show the bright red, 2,000-degree lava cascading down the rocky southeastern coastline of Hawaii’s Big Island, producing clouds of steam as it enters the water.

Though volcanic activity constantly blows our minds on the Big Island, this phenomenon puts all others to shame. See for yourself in the photo slideshow below:

This particular breakout began in late May and has been moving slowly toward the coastline for several weeks. Lava enthusiasts have been eagerly waiting to see if the flow would actually reach the ocean. It’s been nearly three years since lava flowed into the sea on the Big Island.

When molten lava meets water, it cools quickly, hardening into rock. Essentially, you’re witnessing the island growing larger by the minute. The water, on the other hand, heats up to very high temperatures, producing steam.

And while it’s fascinating and beautiful, it’s also incredibly dangerous.

Though there are boat tours and walking tours that approach the phenomenon, the U.S. Geological Survey website urges visitors to keep a safe distance from the flow and the surrounding area, both from the water and on foot. In addition to the ground being highly unstable and uneven, “venturing too close to an ocean entry exposes you to flying debris created by the explosive interaction between lava and water,” USGS writes on its website.

Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and it has been continuously erupting for more than 33 years. Though it currently poses no threat to residents of the Big Island, it claimed one home and threatened a small community in 2014

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103-Year-Old Hillary Clinton Fan Vows To Live Long Enough To Vote For Her

Ruline Steininger says she’s seen many things during her 103 years on earth, including two worldwide depressions, a cure for polio and a man walking on the moon.

But she’s hoping to see another major event soon: The election of the first woman president.

Steininger, a retired schoolteacher from Pleasant Hill, Iowa, was 7 in August 1920, when the 19th Amendment was ratified, giving women the right to vote.

She has voted in every election since 1936, but told CNN that the November ballot represents something she never thought possible, as she plans to cast her vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

“I couldn’t imagine a woman. I mean, it’s always been a man and I just assumed it might always be,” she said.

Steininger admires Clinton, but admits she’s also considering what might happen to America should GOP nominee Donald Trump be elected.

“I’m shocked. I don’t know what has gotten into people,” she said, according to RawStory.com. “If he’s elected president, it’s going to be a national disaster, which we will likely take years to recover from.”

Because of that, Steininger said she has only one option to ensure Clinton’s election in November.

“I’ve got a big job ahead of me … I’ve got to live!” she told CNN. “After that, OK, I can die if I want to, but I’m going to live until she’s elected.”

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Someone Has Stolen A Radioactive Device From A Car In Connecticut

Someone Has Stolen A Radioactive Device From A Car In Connecticut

Someone apparently stole a radioactive device from a parked car in Connecticut on Tuesday morning, and local, state and federal law enforcement officers are investigating. 

The HAKS Material Testing Group owns the nuclear gauge, which is used to measure soil density at construction sites. It was chained up inside a technician’s vehicle outside his home, Bridgeport police said.

“The reason that we’re so concerned, from a law enforcement angle, is that if this piece of equipment is manipulated a certain way, it could cause a danger to the pubic,” Bridgeport Police Captain Brian Fitzgerald said at an afternoon press conference.

The device features a yellow base and a black “plunger-type handle,” according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

“The handle is used to extend and then retract the radioactive sources from the shielded position,” the NRC said. “When not in use, the handle is normally locked, with the sources in the retracted, safely shielded position.” 

The NRC said the gauge contains small, sealed amounts of radioactive isotopes americium-241 and cesium-137.

Americium-241, or Am-241, is commonly used to measure density and thickness in certain medical, industrial and commercial devices, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“When Am-241 powder is swallowed, absorbed through a wound, or inhaled it can stay in the body for decades,” the CDC states on its website.

The CDC says cesium-137, or Cs-137, is commonly used in medical radiation therapy devices for treating cancer, as well as in industrial devices that detect material thickness and liquid movement. External exposure can cause burns, acute radiation sickness and death.

Exposure to either Am-241 or Cs-137 may increase a person’s risk of developing cancer, according to the CDC.

The thief also stole the employee’s debit card, Fitzgerald said. 

The card was used at two locations on Tuesday morning. Surveillance video captured it being used at a Walgreens Redbox, police said.

Anyone who finds the device is urged to leave it alone and report its location to the NRC’s Operations Center at (301) 816-5100.

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Watch This Guy Dress Up Like A Tree And Seriously Freak Out Pedestrians

Watch This Guy Dress Up Like A Tree And Seriously Freak Out Pedestrians

Wonder if he plans to branch out.

A 57-year-old man in Venice Beach, California, is hoping to “help people see the forest for the trees” by dressing up as a tree himself.

His official name is Lionel Powell, but he is known to his neighbors as “Treeman,” thanks to the elaborate costume he wears on the streets that includes stilts.

There’s a method to his madness.

“What I’m doing here is called a tree awakening,” he told 60 Second Docs, an online film series. “People are so busy they don’t get to stop and smell the roses.”

Powell has worked as a costume character for more than 20, dressing up as characters like Pluto and Eeyore at amusement parks like Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.

Now he has planted roots in Venice Beach, where he performs street theater in costumes of his own design.

Powell is especially fond of standing very still like a real tree before moving and freaking out passers-by.

“I get many different reactions, but 90 percent of people are awed. Doesn’t matter how big they are,” Powell told ArgonautNews.com. “Mostly what I get is after the surprise [of startling someone] is laughter.”

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17 Times Twitter Totally Understood The Plight Of The Short Man

For reasons that go back millennia, height is important. Tall men get paid more than shorter men; even tall-looking faces are perceived as being more masculine.

But what is tall, anyway? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2007-2010 the average height for men in the U.S. was 69.3 inches ― 5 feet 8 inches. And anyway, height is nothing to be proud or ashamed of. It’s simply your biology.

Still, it just seems like the world was built for taller dudes. You go into the bathroom, all the urinals are too high. You try to buy some shorts, and they’re either too tight or too long. And why do women just want to talk about your height all day?

You know who’s 5’8” (give or take an inch)? Tom Cruise, Mark Wahlberg, Usher, Justin Bieber and Tom Hardy. Heck, Daniel Radcliffe is 5’5”. But those are just the famous guys.

Men who aren’t famous, especially those on Twitter, know what it’s like to be of average height, just trying to get by in a world built for giants.

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‘Marryoke’ Is The Rockin’ Antidote To Stuffy Old Wedding Videos

‘Marryoke’ Is The Rockin’ Antidote To Stuffy Old Wedding Videos

Why settle for a boring wedding video when you can make a music video instead?

Bride Rebecca and groom Matt did just that, enlisting their bridal party and guests to create a “marryoke” music video to Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For A Hero.”

It’s safe to say, the final result is a hit. Watch them rock out above.

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This Dog Hates Getting The Middle Finger, Just Like People!

This Dog Hates Getting The Middle Finger, Just Like People!

It’s hard to say what Joey the dog did to deserve such an insult. Did he eat a shoe? Did he bite a mailman? Did he steal some people food?

It seems like Joey did none of these things. It seems like Joey’s human just thinks it’s funny to flip him the bird. Joey is not going to take that rolling over — not a chance.

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