Jul 26, 2016

Kagoshima's Sakurajima volcano erupts, spews plume 5,000 meters up

The Sakurajima volcano in southwestern Japan had an explosive eruption early Tuesday, spewing volcanic ash 5,000 meters into the sky, the Meteorological Agency said. It is the first eruption projecting to such an altitude since August 2013 for the volcano within kilometers of downtown ...

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 ...

Eruption warning for Mount Hakone lifted

Nov 20, 2015

Eruption warning for Mount Hakone lifted

The Meteorological Agency on Friday lifted its volcanic activity warning for Mount Hakone after deeming the eruption risk back to normal after a small one disrupted the popular hot spring resort area in July. Since the number of volcanic earthquakes remains low, the weather ...