Apr 16, 2016

Small eruption seen on Mount Aso after latest quakes

A small eruption occurred at Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture on Saturday around 8:30 a.m. local time following a strong earthquake in the area, with smoke rising about 100 meters (300 feet) high, public broadcaster NHK reported. The Japanese Meteorological Agency kept its alert ...

Mount Sakurajima erupts in fiery blast

Feb 5, 2016

Mount Sakurajima erupts in fiery blast

Mount Sakurajima, a volcano that overlooks the city of Kagoshima, erupted Friday with a fiery blast that sent lava rolling down its slope. The Meteorological Agency said Sakurajima, which is about 50 km from Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, ...

Jan 12, 2016

Kagoshima holds annual disaster drill for Mount Sakurajima

The city and prefecture of Kagoshima held the 46th annual disaster drill Tuesday to prepare for a large-scale eruption of Mount Sakurajima. This year, Korean and Chinese were added to evacuation advisory languages. Last August, the eruption warning level for the temperamental volcano was ...

Six more Roman sites open to public in Pompeii

Dec 25, 2015

Six more Roman sites open to public in Pompeii

Tourists in ancient Pompeii have freshly-restored marvels to admire, including a merchant’s luxuriously decorated home and a more modest middle-class dwelling. A business where Pompeii residents brought fabrics to be cared for and a structure with thermal bathing areas are also among the six ...

Dec 23, 2015

Massive landslide found in Alaska

Scientists have discovered a massive landslide in eastern Alaska that is the largest detected in North America since the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. The Oct. 17 slider unleashed 200 million tons of rock down the Taan Fiord valley onto Tyndall Glacier in ...

Mount Sakurajima alert level lowered as volcanic activity diminishes

Nov 25, 2015

Mount Sakurajima alert level lowered as volcanic activity diminishes

The Meteorological Agency on Wednesday downgraded its warning level for Kagoshima Prefecture’s Mount Sakurajima, citing diminished volcanic activity. With no major eruptions observed since Sept. 17, the agency lowered the alert level for the 1,117-meter volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture on the 5-point scale from ...

Oct 29, 2015

Britain and Iceland to revive volcano power project

Iceland’s volcanoes could heat British homes within 10 years via the world’s longest subsea power cable under plans to be announced by Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday. Cameron and Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson are expected to agree on setting up a ...

Sep 27, 2015

Nicaraguan volcano belches gas, ashes and rocks

The Telica volcano in northwestern Nicaragua belched gas, ashes and rocks Saturday in a series of blasts that raised fears of a full-on eruption, authorities said. “Five explosions of medium intensity accompanied by a volcanic tremor were registered,” said first lady Rosario Murillo, citing ...