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 ...

Guatemala's 'fire volcano' erupts, covering towns in ash

Feb 8, 2015

Guatemala's 'fire volcano' erupts, covering towns in ash

Guatemala’s Fuego volcano has erupted with thick plumes of ash that have blanketed several towns, including a popular tourist destination, while also prompting flight warnings. The volcano in southwestern Guatemala, whose name means “Fire,” spewed columns of ash 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) above sea ...

Mount Aso spews first magma in over two decades

Nov 28, 2014

Mount Aso spews first magma in over two decades

Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture is experiencing its first magmatic eruption in 21 years, the Metrological Agency’s regional headquarters in Fukuoka announced Thursday. The nation’s largest active volcano has been spewing ash since Tuesday. The last magmatic eruption was recorded in February 1993. The ...

Nov 28, 2014

Lava from Cape Verde volcano threatens to engulf town

Molten lava from a volcano in the Cape Verde archipelago has been sliding toward the town of Cha das Caldeiras, threatening to destroy it and a nearby village days after an initial eruption. Television images on Thursday showed a huge lake of steaming black ...

Nov 20, 2014

Small volcanoes could slow global warming: study

Small volcanic eruptions could be slowing global warming by spewing sulfur aerosols that reach the upper atmosphere and reflect sunlight away from the Earth, U.S. scientists said Tuesday. Researchers have long known that volcanoes can protect against global warming, but they did not think ...

Nov 11, 2014

Lava flow from volcano incinerates home on Hawaii's Big Island

A slow-moving lava flow from an erupting volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island incinerated a house on Monday, marking the first home devoured by a stream of molten rock that has crept toward the village of Pahoa for weeks, civil defense officials said. The house ...