Hawaii Volcano Poses Threat, School Security Spending, and More

Hawaii Volcano Poses Threat, School Security Spending, and More
  • ​The volcanic eruption in Hawaii continues to cause long-term concerns, with scientists predicting explosive eruptions and pebble-sized projectiles being sprayed in several miles, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). CBS News reports that a 15th fissure has opened up, placing more residents under the threat of lava and volcanic ash. USGS also warned of eruptions containing “ballistic rocks” weighing up to several tons that could be shot a mile away. It also raised concerns about the emission of steam and sulfur dioxide, which can cause acid rain and be life threatening. Residents are told to stay inside with their windows closed, and National Guard responders are having trouble addressing the fissures due to the toxic gas. At least 36 homes have been destroyed so far, and a geothermal energy plant near the fissures is quickening its removal of stored flammable gas—if a fissure opened up under the facility, 50,000 gallons of pentane could be ignited.

  • Marketplace reports on security spending following school shootings in the United States, detailing the challenge between investing in equipment versus personnel, or a combination thereof. Many schools have begun securing all entrances—a relatively new practice in the wake of high-profile shootings such as the Parkland mass shooting. Prices for equipment to secure doors and barricade students into classrooms add up, though, and security directors are working with school districts to find a balance between reasonable spending and properly securing facilities. One concern following such high-profile incidents is the outpouring of new gadgets on the market which may be relatively untested in real world conditions. School districts are also hiring more school safety consultants. One expert says that the U.S. spends more per capita on school security than any other country—school security products and services make up a $2.7 billion industry un the U.S., and that is expected to grow.

  • In other news, A dam in Kenya burst last night, causing huge destruction and killing more than 30 people. The deadly multistate outbreak of E. Coli continues to spread, now affecting 29 U.S. states and sickening almost 150. Salaries in the supply chain industry continue to rise, according to a new study. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security continues to request additional support along the U.S.-Mexico border, including 700 additional National Guardsmen and helicopters. The U.S. head of global health security has left the Trump administration raising concerns about the effectiveness of public health programs in the U.S. Conflict between Iran and Israel continues to escalate after they exchanged direct fire for hours last night. An Ebola outbreak has been declared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A vulnerability affecting Windows, macOS, Linux, and more platforms creates a security flaw that attackers can use to crash systems or read data. ​