Chile's Calbuco volcano erupts again with new cloud of ash

May 1, 2015

Chile's Calbuco volcano erupts again with new cloud of ash

Chilean volcano Calbuco erupted for the third time in eight days on Thursday, sending a new cloud of ash and gas high into the sky, although officials said the latest eruption was less powerful than those of last week. Calbuco spewed more than 200 ...

Chile volcano's ash cloud leads to flight cancellations

Apr 24, 2015

Chile volcano's ash cloud leads to flight cancellations

An ash cloud from the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile that erupted unexpectedly on Wednesday was blowing into Chile and Argentina on Thursday, forcing the cancellation of flights from nearby cities in both countries and blanketing residents in ash. The volcano, which last had ...

Chile's Calbuco volcano erupts; nearby town evacuated

Apr 23, 2015

Chile's Calbuco volcano erupts; nearby town evacuated

The Calbuco volcano erupted Wednesday for the first time in more than 42 years, billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile. Authorities ordered the evacuation of the 1,500 inhabitants of the nearby town of Ensenada, along with ...

Mar 12, 2015

Second volcano rumbles to life in Guatemala

Two of Guatemala’s three active volcanoes have now rumbled to life, officials said Wednesday, one day after the Santiaguito volcano began belching smoke and showering nearby towns with ash. Guatemala’s Fuego volcano, in the southwest, over the past several weeks has spewed adjacent towns ...

Villarrica volcano erupts in southern Chile; thousands flee

Mar 4, 2015

Villarrica volcano erupts in southern Chile; thousands flee

One of South America’s most active volcanoes erupted early Tuesday in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people. The Villarrica volcano erupted around 3 a.m. local time, according to the ...

Guatemala 'fire volcano' eruption subsides

Feb 9, 2015

Guatemala 'fire volcano' eruption subsides

Guatemala’s Fuego volcano calmed down Sunday after an eruption blanketed nearby towns in ash, the nation’s volcano monitor reported. Guatemala City’s La Aurora airport remained closed due to ash that had fallen on the runway. Ash had stopped falling on the city, the volcano ...

Mount Aso rumbles to life, sending ash over Kyushu

Nov 27, 2014

Mount Aso rumbles to life, sending ash over Kyushu

A massive volcano is belching smoke and ash over Kyushu just two months after one in Nagano killed more than 60 hikers by erupting without warning. Mount Aso, whose caldera dominates Kyushu, rumbled to life Tuesday before sending a stream of ash 1,000 meters ...

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Japan's 21st-century tsunami stones

by Jeff Kingston

A familiar sight along Tohoku’s Sanriku coastline are the tsunami stones erected by past generations that alert residents to the high-water mark of previous tsunami and the perils of building any closer to the sea. Over time these warnings were ignored, and those who ...