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A man watches as lava is seen coming from a fissure in Hawaii. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

More than 1,700 people were told to evacuate communities on Hawaii's Big Island after a series of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions Thursday and Friday, CBS reports.

What happened: Per CBS, magma was shifting beneath the Kilauea volcano, which set off two earthquakes on Friday, one measured 5.4-magnitude and the second 6.9. The latter quake was "the most powerful on the island since 1975," CNN reported.

The details: Six volcanic vents opened, per CNN. Around 14,000 people lost power, per CBS, but it was restored "about two hours later." The 6.9-magnitude quake hit almost the same spot as the 1975 7.4-magnitude earthquake that killed two, the Washington Post reports.

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The Post adds, there was "active volcanic fountaining" in the area that had mandatory evacuation, with lava "springing up from ground fractures...shooting 80 to 100 feet into the sky."

  • Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno told CNN: "It doesn't look like it is slowing down."
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Another concern for residents is high levels of sulfuric gas; Volcano expert Paul Davis told CBS: "It's sort of like you've injected ammonia into all your nose, into your breathing area, into your throat."

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Australia joins U.S. in diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Photo: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

Australia is joining the U.S. in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games in protest of human rights abuses committed by China's government, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Wednesday.

Driving the news: After the Biden administration's announcement that U.S. officials won't attend the Games due to the ongoing genocide of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region of China, Morrison said at a Sydney briefing that Australia would follow suit as "it's the right thing to do."

Progressives to file resolution to strip Boebert's committee seats

Rep. Lauren Boebert walking through the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House progressives are planning to introduce a resolution on Wednesday to strip Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) of her committee assignments, according to a Democratic aide familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: The move, which was first reported by the Washington Post, comes as progressives — anxious to see the right-wing firebrand face retribution for her recent comments — have grown frustrated by Democratic leadership's inaction on the issue.

Roger Stone won't cooperate with Jan. 6 panel

Longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone speaking in front of the Supreme Court on Jan. 5 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone won't cooperate with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and will invoke the Fifth Amendment right not to testify, his attorney said Tuesday evening.

Why it matters: The announcement, first reported by ABC News, came hours after former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said he wouldn't cooperate with the probe.