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Kilauea Volcano quiet on Saturday

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Fissure 8 has shown minor activity since it died down. No spattering or glow was visible during a drone flyover on Sept. 11. Steam in background is due to recent rainfall.

Conditions at Kilauea Volcano’s summit and lower East Rift Zone remained calm on Saturday while geographers continue to keep close watch for signs of reactivation.

A daily report issued by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory noted that no incandescence was visible overnight in the collapse within the fissure 8 cone and only minor fume activity was visible during the day.

Road projects cut after Hurricane Lane

HILO, Hawaii >> Big Island officials have delayed two road projects and a bus route expansion following the expenses created by Hurricane Lane.

The Hawaii County Council approved a revised budget Wednesday, reallocating the $10 million expected next year from the new surcharge on the state general excise tax, West Hawaii Today reported.

The county moved around money to put more into the capital projects fund that will be used to repair county facilities damaged by the hurricane last month.

Officials removed from the immediate budget the $1.5 million funding two Kona road projects and the $1.6 million expansion of Hele-On bus routes, which included a Hilo­-Kona express line.

Repairing the roads and bridges damaged by heavy rain on the eastern side of Hawaii will cost more than $35 million, Finance Director Deanna Sako said. The storm produced about 50 inches of rain over a four-day period last month.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to reimburse 75 percent of the hurricane expenses, but the county is required to fund the remaining 25 percent, Sako said.

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