TERRITORIES: A Red-Orange Glow

In her ranch house, Mrs. John Carroll thought it was just an unusually bright Hawaiian moon, pulled the shades and went back to bed. Soon she awoke again, to the sound of a dull, menacing rumble. She fled in her nightdress, just before the stream of red-orange lava hit her house.

Hawii's vast Mauna Loa erupts about once every three years, but this time was different. At 9:20 p.m., clouds over the 13,675-ft. peak parted to uncover a glow seen 200 miles away. Not from the crater, where it usually erupts, but out of the southwest flank of the...

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