Pele’s latest activity is being felt all the way in Washington, D.C.

“Volcano Hazards: Exploring the National Preparation and Response Strategy” was the topic of a U.S. House of Representatives hearing Wednesday.

The Natural Resources Committee’s Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee heard testimony from Hawaii State Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito, Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency Director Darryl Oliveira, and Charles Mandeville, the Volcano Hazards Program coordinator with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Gabbard at DC volcano hearing

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard at the House subcommittee hearing.

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, the ranking member of the committee, was among those asking questions to learn more about the volcano’s impact. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was also part of the hearing, and she thanked Hanabusa, who leaves office in early January, for having “so ably and successfully” represented Hawaii in Congress.

Also on Wednesday, in remarks on the House floor, Gabbard thanked Oliveira and Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi for their “tireless work and strong leadership” that she said “has kept people safe, informed and prepared, even as Mother Nature, through Madam Pele, runs her course.”

You can view Gabbard’s floor remarks here, Gabbard’s committee questions hereHanabusa’s committee remarks here and Hanabusa’s questions for Oliveira here and Mandeville here.

The June 27th lava flow that has threatened the town of Pahoa remains stalled, as upslope breakouts are robbing the flow’s lower portions of fresh lava, according to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

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