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 ...

Mount Ontake searchers recover body from September eruption

Aug 1, 2015

Mount Ontake searchers recover body from September eruption

A body recovered after search operations on Mount Ontake resumed was identified as that of a 45-year-old man from Kai, Yamanashi Prefecture, the Nagano Prefectural Police said Saturday. The body of Tetsuya Inooka was found Friday on the mountain that straddles the border between ...

Volcanic alert raised for Mount Meakandake in Hokkaido

Jul 28, 2015

Volcanic alert raised for Mount Meakandake in Hokkaido

The Meteorological Agency has raised the volcanic alert for Mount Meakandake in Hokkaido, saying a small eruption is possible. The five-point threat level for the 1,499-meter mountain in Akan National Park in eastern Hokkaido was raised on Tuesday from 1, “be mindful that the ...

Jul 24, 2015

Kick 'em Jenny undersea volcano rumbling off Grenada

An active underwater volcano off Grenada’s northern coast called Kick ‘em Jenny was rumbling Thursday and regional disaster authorities were put on alert even as they said it posed no threat of triggering destructive tsunami. Since its discovery in the 1930s, Kick ‘em Jenny ...