The problem? Kīlauea is erupting. Unlike the earthquakes site which is hosted on an external network of servers that can handle huge spikes in load like when So. California gets a noticeable shake and everyone with a computer (which would be most of the population) goes online to see how hard it was, the volcano pages are generally on our regular servers. Until they got those pages moved to a separate server this afternoon, it was pretty hard to get much done.
Those of us in Water just don't see the traffic that a spectacular volcano generates...even the load for a big flood pales in comparison.