A river of molten lava is bearing down on the town of Pahoa on Hawaii's big island -- reaching the properties of two homes nearest to the Kilauea volcano. The lava advancing between 5 and 20 yards per hour. The flow is edging closer as officials are powerless to divert or stop its path, and the remaining residents are on high alert. CNN's Martin Savidge reports.
The public often lets feelings of fear drive their perception of a risk, rather than the probability of the risk actually happening, said University of Oregon Psychology Professor Paul Slovic.
With Ebola in the headlines, Slovic said, our thoughts of possibly contracting the disease hit all the risk perception hot buttons. It's unfamiliar, it's deadly, it's invisible, and not easily controllable.
Slovic says we tend to overreact and over-prepare, so that a disease doesn't spread. He says a lot of the precautions are more to ease the public fears than prevent a tragedy.
A Coos Bay woman was driving drunk when her car drifted into the oncoming lane of traffic and hit another vehicle Tuesday night, seriously injuring herself and the other driver, the Benton County Sheriff's Office said.