US Congresswoman guarding volcano

2014-11-04 17:39
Lava flows around the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. (Pete Stachowicz, AP)

Lava flows around the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. (Pete Stachowicz, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Washington - She might be a US congresswoman, but Tulsi Gabbard is also a reservist in the National Guard, which placed her on active duty to help with a volcanic eruption in her native Hawaii.

Gabbard, a military police captain in the Hawaii Army National Guard, has been called up "to support their assistance to Hawai'i County's response to the ongoing Kilauea lava flow," her spokesperson Heather Fluit said on Monday in a statement.

"Her activation starts tomorrow [Tuesday]" and lasts for an undetermined period of time, Fluit told AFP.

Gabbard will join about 80 National Guard soldiers and airmen already on the ground.

While on duty Gabbard will be unable to comment on her official congressional activities, presumably including on Tuesday's midterm election for all 435 seats in the US House of Representatives, and for which she is running to keep her seat.

Red-hot lava from a slow-erupting volcano has reached a home on Hawaii's Big Island and is threatening the entire town of Pahoa, on the eastern tip of the island, emergency officials said.

The lava flow has slowed in recent days, but it remains an emergency and Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to unlock federal resources to help local emergency measures.

According to the Honolulu Star newspaper, non-residents are barred access to the flow, and barricades have been installed and are guarded by National Guardsmen.

Gabbard, 33 and an accomplished surfer, is a first-term congresswoman.

While she has conducted annual National Guard training, "this is her first activation since she's been in Congress," Fluit said.

Read more on:    us  |  volcanoes

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.