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 ...

Nov 4, 2014

Lava stalls short of Hawaiian town's main road

Lava from Kilauea volcano has stalled just under 500 feet (150 meters) from the main road in Pahoa on the Big Island, officials said Saturday. Some lava has been breaking out along the sides of the flow, but it is moving slowly, said Darryl ...

Lava nears homes of Hawaiian village

Oct 29, 2014

Lava nears homes of Hawaiian village

A stream of lava from the Kilauea volcano slithered across fields on Tuesday, burning grass and other vegetation as it closed in on a village on Hawaii’s Big Island, with the nearest home only 70 yards (64 meters) away. Residents in the path of ...