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That’s something I was seriously considering to bring to our English Bites, you know? Situations that are happening now, that people are talking right now in the world and that might not affect you directly but
- I imagine most of you like to keep updated with the most recent and important news
- I do believe you care about those ones who are desperate and trying to figure out a new solution to their lives
- You can learn a lot when you pay attention to most of them, I mean, about the geography, economy, history and when we learn we become more interesting people right? I don’t know you guys but for me, there’s isn’t anything more interesting and fascination to talk to people who are able to talk about anything (I mean, understand, know facts and can take the conversation to the next level) .
Alright, I’m pretty sure most of you have heard the news in the past days regarding a volcano eruption in Hawaii, right? Alright. I do agree we don’t have to know everything so the information I’m about to share might not be new to some of you but I’d love us to be on the same page.
Hawaii? What is that? A country? A state? Where is it located? The Caribbean? What language do they speak?
So guys, Hawaii is a group of volcanic islands in the central Pacific Ocean. Hawaii is also a state, an American state and the only U.S. state located in Oceania and the only one composed entirely of islands. By the way, it is the 50th and most recent state to have joined the United States. That’s right, it belongs to the USA. Another fact is that Hawaii is the only U.S. state located outside North America. Its capital is Honolulu on the island of Oahu.
At the southeastern end of the archipelago, you have eight main islands including the Island of Hawaii, the largest island in the group; it is often called the “Big Island” or “Hawaii Island” to avoid confusion with the state or archipelago.
Although massive immigration from Asia and the US mainland since the mid-19th century has effectively diluted the native population, the Hawaiian lexical legacy in English is conspicuous. Most native-born residents of Hawaiian ancestry speak one of several varieties of Hawaiian pidgin, a lingua franca incorporating elements of Hawaiian, English, and other Asian and Pacific languages.
Visitors come for scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, fishing, whale watching, and sailing; for the hula, and other distinctive island pleasures; for the tropical climate and magnificent scenic beauty; and for a remarkable variety of recreational facilities, including 7 national parks and historic sites, 74 state parks, 626 county parks, 17 public golf courses, and 1,600 recognized surfing sites.
Ok, now you know a little about Hawaii, let’s talk about Kilauea. Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and it has been erupting continuously since 1983. It’s among the five volcanoes that form Hawaii’s Big Island, and the only one that’s actively erupting. In the past weeks you have probably heard something about it because this active volcano is now… ACTIVE I mean, erupting for real. The Kilauea volcano erupted from its summit on May 17, spewing an ash plume that reached 30,000 feet above the island of Hawaii
Well, the eruption was the most forceful new explosion so far at Kilauea.
Oh, and the newest eruption follows a damaging earthquake, dangerous volcanic smog and large lava flows that are all threatening Hawaii’s Big Island. Kilauea erupted on May 3 and since then, fissures have been steadily cracking open near residential areas. Guys, nearly 40 structures have been destroyed so far.
Well, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory issued a “code red” warning that additional activity could be expected, at any time, activity may again become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent”
Of course, these are the latest news and if something else and different happens I’ll bring another English Bite “news style” so you can at the same time, learn and be informed haha
And guys, just out of curiosity, something very personal: considering all-natural disasters that, I know, they’re sad, they kill people… I know that but volcano eruption is for me, something absurdly fascinating. I would love to see a volcano eruption, lava, hear the noise. Alright you can call me crazy now but it really fascinates me, I mean, the way it is formed, how it happens, why it happens, the colors, the noises… But I’m not the adventurous type so that’s something I’ll probably never see in person in my life.
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