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Double eruption at Indonesia volcano: vulcanologist

An Indonesian volcano erupted twice on Monday following its biggest eruption in weeks over the weekend, a government vulcanologist said, forcing people to remain in safety shelters. “The two eruptions happened within ten minutes which sent a column of ash and smoke up to 600 metres (1,968 feet) into the…

Chile volcano ash carpets roads, rivers, runways

ENTRE LAGOS, Chile (AFP) – A vast cloud of ash spewing from a Chilean volcano disrupted air travel Wednesday across much of South America, as heavy rains around the eruption site prompted fears of mudslides. Air traffic was sharply curtailed on the continent as the ash cloud drifted over Argentina,…

Chilean volcano erupts, forces mass evacuations

SANTIAGO (AFP) – Southern Chile’s Puyehue volcano erupted for the first time in half a century, prompting evacuations for 3,500 people as it sent a cloud of ash that reached Argentina, authorities said. The National Service of Geology and Mining said the explosion that sparked the eruption also produced a…

Icelandic Volcano erupts, spawns 50 small earthquakes

Iceland’s most active volcano erupted Saturday, sending a plume of steam and ash 18,000 feet into the air and spawning 50 small earthquakes, the largest of which measured 3.7 on the Richter Scale, says MSNBC.com. The volcano, called Grimsvotn, is located in southeastern Iceland, under the Vatnajokull glacier and erupted…

Erupting Indonesian volcano kills dozens

ARGOMULYO, Indonesia (AFP) – Indonesia’s most active volcano killed at least 58 people Friday in its biggest eruption in over a century, driving thousands more into emergency shelters, smothering homes and grounding flights. The latest deaths bring the total toll to more than 100 since Mount Merapi started erupting on…

Poland holds huge memorial as Obama cancels

WARSAW (AFP) – – More than 100,000 people gathered Saturday to honour Poland’s president and 95 other victims of an air crash, as world leaders cancelled plans to attend his funeral because of a volcanic ash cloud. US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other foreign dignitaries said…

Hundreds flee as volcano erupts in Iceland

An Icelandic volcano has erupted following a week of small earthquakes, spewing lava and ash into the air and forcing hundreds to flee on Sunday, but causing no casualties. Smoke could be seen rising from behind Eyjafjallajoekull glacier and volcanic ash filled the sky after the eruption that began around…

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