Jul 1, 2015

Mount Ontake reopens to climbers nine months after deadly eruption

A ceremony to mark the opening to climbers of Mount Ontake in central Japan was held here on Wednesday, with some 150 participants offering silent prayers for the victims of the volcano’s deadly eruption last September. “With the resumption of search operations, I sincerely ...

Jun 21, 2015

Philippines takes precautions as volcano turns lively

The Philippines has stockpiled food supplies in case of evacuations after a volcano emitted ash and smoke six times in recent weeks, officials said Sunday. In addition to the emergency food packs, authorities are closely watching communities near Bulusan volcano 390 kilometers (243 miles) ...

Jun 19, 2015

Mount Shindake erupts for second consecutive day off Kagoshima

Mount Shindake erupted Friday for the second day in a row, the Meteorological Agency said. The volcano on Kuchinoerabu Island in Kagoshima Prefecture ejected a plume of smoke about 200 meters above the vent at around 9:43 a.m., the agency said. The island was ...

Jun 5, 2015

Volcanic steam bursts said to be weakening on Mount Hakone

Steam bursts at the hot spring district of Mount Hakone were described as weaker by the Meteorological Agency on Thursday, the first report of a decline in activity since the volcanic alert for the mountain was raised early last month. But the agency noted ...

Hakone issues wider map to ease eruption zone fears

May 8, 2015

Hakone issues wider map to ease eruption zone fears

To limit damage to tourism from Mount Hakone’s surge in volcanic activity, the town of Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, has posted a new “eruption alert level map” on its website to show that only a small part of the popular hot springs resort is off-limits. ...

Undersea volcano erupts off Oregon

May 3, 2015

Undersea volcano erupts off Oregon

An undersea volcano about 300 miles (480 km) off Oregon’s coast has been spewing lava for the past seven days, confirming forecasts made last fall and giving researchers unique insight into a hidden ocean hot spot, a scientist said on Friday. Researchers know of ...

May 1, 2015

Chile's Calbuco volcano sends out new blasts of ash

The Calbuco volcano erupted again Thursday, sending dark bursts of ash and hot rock billowing 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) into the air and prompting Chilean officials to order a new evacuation of nearby residents. Thick clouds boiled out of 6,500-foot (2,000-meter) cone, bringing the ...

Volcano still active, but Chile no longer fears major blast

Apr 26, 2015

Volcano still active, but Chile no longer fears major blast

Authorities downgraded the likelihood of a major eruption at the Calbuco volcano, although the mountain remained active Saturday and the ash clouds it already ejected caused cancelations of more airline flights. Rodrigo Alvarez, head of the National Mining and Geology Service, told TVN television ...

Apr 23, 2015

Defense against volcanic eruptions

To ensure the effectiveness of its plans to beef up the measures against volcanic eruptions, the government needs to quickly launch efforts to increase the number of people with expertise in this field

Eruptions, quakes, cyclones: Vanuatu man survives them all

Mar 23, 2015

Eruptions, quakes, cyclones: Vanuatu man survives them all

Volcanic eruptions, landslides, earthquakes and cyclones: 76-year-old Lik Simelum from Vanuatu has survived them all. He lives in a country that’s ranked by the United Nations University as the world’s most at-risk for natural disasters. But his story is remarkable even in an archipelago ...