Ecuador volcano spews towering ash, gas plume

Mar 7, 2016

Ecuador volcano spews towering ash, gas plume

Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano has been putting on a dramatic show, spewing lava from a cauldron-like crater and launching towering clouds of ash and gas. The country’s Geophysical Institute said Sunday the column of ash reached a maximum height of about 2 miles (3 km) ...

Feb 28, 2016

Volcanic alert is issued as Kyushu's Mount Io rumbles

The Meteorological Agency on Sunday issued a volcanic alert for the area around the crater of Mount Io, which straddles Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures in southern Kyushu. Seismic activity is increasing around the 1,317-meter-high mountain, which is part of the Kirishima volcano group, the ...

Dec 25, 2015

Evacuation advisory lifted for most of Kuchinoerabu after eruption

The Yakushima town government lifted Friday an evacuation advisory for most of the residential areas on Kuchinoerabu Island in southwestern Japan, some seven months after an explosive volcanic eruption on the island. The residents of the island, who have been evacuated to temporary compounds ...

Sep 2, 2015

Sakurajima alert level lowered as fears of major eruption ease

The Meteorological Agency on Tuesday downgraded its volcanic warning level for Sakurajima, a mountain that looms over the city of Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture. It said the risk of a larger-than-usual eruption has diminished. Citing a reduction in the number of volcanic earthquakes detected, the ...

Aug 19, 2015

Another small eruption observed at Mount Sakurajima

A very small eruption was observed at Mount Sakurajima early Wednesday, the Meteorological Agency said. The eruption at 3:13 a.m. was the first observed at the 1,117-meter volcano overlooking the city of Kagoshima since the alert level was raised last week to 4 on ...

More than 300,000 could be affected if Ecuador's Cotopaxi volcano blows

Aug 18, 2015

More than 300,000 could be affected if Ecuador's Cotopaxi volcano blows

Nearly 325,000 people could be affected by an eruption of Cotopaxi, the volcano looming beyond the Ecuadoran capital of Quito, officials said Monday. The biggest risk is from an eruption melting the 5,900-meter (19,000-foot) mountain’s snowcap and triggering massive melt-water floods and lahar mudflows ...

Volcanic activity slows at Sakurajima but alert remains in force

Aug 17, 2015

Volcanic activity slows at Sakurajima but alert remains in force

Volcanic activity at Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture has quieted down after intensifying Saturday morning, but the Meteorological Agency said Monday it will remain on alert for signs of a major eruption. Tectonic movements indicating swelling of the mountain has also slowed, the agency ...