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Larry Ellison

Your friends in Hawaii are probably safe from the volcano on the Big Island. Here's why.

Your friends in Hawaii are probably safe from the volcano on the Big Island. Here's why.

As someone with relatives in Hawaii, I've been touched by the friends who have reached out to me and my husband to see how our family is doing - and a bit bemused. My in-laws, - who are fine, thank you - live on Oahu, 200 miles from the Big Island, where the Kilauea volcano is reworking the landscape and laying waste to some residents' dreams of paradise. Don't be embarrassed, such misperceptions are widespread; many Hawaii-connected people are receiving similar missives. In response, a colleague sent out a helpful tweet marking a map of Hawaii with the islands labeled.

I realize that this confusion is due to the unfortunate fact that the name "Hawaii" is used in so many...

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