Molten lava and debilitating ash continued to spew from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano Monday and showed “no signs of slowing down” as residents and tourists fled the island after dozens of homes were destroyed.
Thousands of Americans have attempted to leave Hawaii as toxic gas, steam, and lava cause chaos on the island; with County Civil Defense Administrators struggling to remain in control of the dangerous situation.
“[We] have established pretty good flows and just continue to cover more of the subdivision,” said a county administrator, adding “there’s no sign of slowing down…We had some pauses yesterday, but it seems like there’s a lot of magma under the ground.”
In the Leilani Estates Subdivision, fissure 7 was active for several hours on May 5 with large bubble bursts and spatter. A short lava flow moved northeast and crossed Hookupu St. https://t.co/hMQ8iOnbzi pic.twitter.com/KD0SAQ6VAF
— USGS Volcanoes? (@USGSVolcanoes) May 7, 2018
Almost 2000 residents have been evacuated from the region as US volcanologists warned the “eruption will continue.”
“There’s more magma in the system to be erupted. As long as that supply is there, the eruption will continue,” U.S. Geological Survey volcanologist Wendy Stovall said.
WATCH: President Trump Donates $1 Million to Hurricane Relief Fund
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Thursday that President Trump will donate one million dollars of his personal money to help those suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Huckabee Sanders made the announcement during a White House press briefing, saying the President will make the donation to help residents of the Gulf Coast following last weekend’s deadly hurricane.
“There’s obviously been a huge outpouring of support from people all around the country,” said one reporter. “We’ve seen people lining up to volunteer, we’ve seen people donating tens of millions of dollars. Can you speak to what the President and his family have done regarding donations for Harvey relief personally?”
“Yes, I can. I had a chance to speak directly with the President earlier, and I’m happy to tell you that he would like to join in the efforts that a lot of the people we’ve seen across this country do, and he’s pledging a million dollars of personal money to the fund,” said Sanders.
“He’s actually asked that I check with the folks in this room, since you are very good at research and have been doing a lot of reporting into the groups and organizations that are best and most effective in helping and providing aid and he’d love some suggestions from the folks here,” she added.
“As I said, he’ll pledge a million dollars of his own personal money to help the people of Texas and Louisiana,” said the Press Secretary.
Watch Sarah Huckabee Sanders announce the President’s donation above.
US Economy SMASHES ESTIMATES, Adds 230K Jobs
The United States economy added approximately 228,000 jobs in November alone; slashing the unemployment rate to just 4.1 percent and busting expectations that predicted payrolls to grow by 200,000.
According to CNBC, average hourly earnings also rose by 0.2 percent in the same month; resulting in 2.5 percent growth in 2017.
“The November employment data is largely as expected. For an expansion that began in mid-2009, no negative surprises are welcome,” said a senior economic analyst at Bankrate.com. “The lingering impacts of recent hurricanes and flooding have reverted back to relative calm in the statistics, meaning that this is a ‘cleaner’ number.”
Surprisingly, the second largest gains were seen in the manufacturing sector; adding 31,000 jobs in the industry. The economy saw a total in goods-producing occupations tick upwards to 62,000.
Construction also saw steep gains, adding 24,000 jobs –most of which were in “specialty trade” contracts.
“With continued improvement in the labor market, room for continued upward trajectory in 2018 is likely limited because there’s not much slack left to hire workers for further growth,” said one economist.