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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…

4,600 evacuated in Indonesia volcano eruption

More than 4,600 people have been evacuated since an Indonesian volcano erupted on Thursday and its alert status was placed on the highest level, an official said. Mount Lokon on Sulawesi island spewed grey ash up to 800 metres (2,600 feet) high early on Saturday as it continued to rumble.…

Iceland’s Hekla volcano ‘ready to erupt’

One of Iceland’s most feared volcanoes, Hekla, looks ready to erupt, with measurement instruments showing likely magma movement, an Icelandic geophysicist told AFP on Wednesday. “The movements around Hekla have been unusual in the last two to three days and have been recorded in five very precise metres placed around…

Syria protest group warns of coming ‘volcano’

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Syrian security forces continued their crackdown on protestors with another four civilians killed, as a protest group called for demonstrators to expect “a volcano” this week. “Two civilians were killed in Kassir by gunfire from the security forces who have reinforced there since Friday” near the Lebanese…

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…

Volcano near Phillipine capital shows increased activity, may erupt

More quakes and gas emissions have been detected from a volcano on an island close to the Philippine capital, possibly indicating an eruption is looming, according to the government. Twenty volcanic quakes were detected at Taal Volcano in the 24 hours to Saturday 8:00am (0000 GMT) compared to 15 quakes…

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…

Indonesian volcano erupts powerfully; quake hits

Indonesian volcano unleashes its biggest eruption yet; strong earthquake hits eastern province Indonesia’s deadly Mount Merapi erupted Wednesday with its biggest volcanic explosion yet, forcing hasty evacuations of more villagers and the panicked refugees who already fled the initial blast a week ago. A strong earthquake struck off eastern Indonesia…

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