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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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Neera Tanden withdraws nomination for Office of Management and Budget director

Neera Tanden testifying before the Senate Budget Committee in Washington, D.C., in February 2021. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Neera Tanden withdrew her name from nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget after several senators voiced opposition and concern about her qualifications and past combative tweets, President Biden announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: Tanden’s decision to pull her nomination marks Biden's first setback in filling out his Cabinet with a thin Democratic majority in the Senate.

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Jane Fraser (L) and Rosalind Brewer. Photos: Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images; Rodrigo Capote/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

The number of women at the helm of America’s biggest companies pales in comparison to men, but is newly growing — and their tasks are huge.

What's going on: Jane Fraser took over at Citigroup this week, the first woman to ever lead a major U.S. bank. Rosalind Brewer will take the reins at Walgreens in the coming weeks (March 15) — a company that's been run by white men for more than a century.

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President Biden. Photo: Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images

President Biden on Tuesday said that ramped-up coronavirus vaccine production will provide enough doses for 300 million Americans by the end May.

Why it matters: That's two months sooner than Biden's previous promise of enough vaccines for all American adults by the end of July.