Ecuador volcano spews towering ash, gas plume

Mar 7, 2016

Ecuador volcano spews towering ash, gas plume

Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano has been putting on a dramatic show, spewing lava from a cauldron-like crater and launching towering clouds of ash and gas. The country's Geophysical Institute said Sunday the column of ash reached a maximum height of about 2 miles (3 km) in ...

Sep 2, 2015

Sakurajima alert level lowered as fears of major eruption ease

The Meteorological Agency on Tuesday downgraded its volcanic warning level for Sakurajima, a mountain that looms over the city of Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture. It said the risk of a larger-than-usual eruption has diminished. Citing a reduction in the number of volcanic earthquakes detected, the Meteorological ...

Aug 19, 2015

Another small eruption observed at Mount Sakurajima

A very small eruption was observed at Mount Sakurajima early Wednesday, the Meteorological Agency said. The eruption at 3:13 a.m. was the first observed at the 1,117-meter volcano overlooking the city of Kagoshima since the alert level was raised last week to 4 on a ...

Meteorological Agency to alert hikers after volcanic eruptions

Aug 4, 2015

Meteorological Agency to alert hikers after volcanic eruptions

The Meteorological Agency has launched a system to immediately inform local residents and hikers of an eruption at any of the country's 47 monitored volcanoes. Residents and climbers are to receive prompt notice of which volcano has erupted and when. The notification will come via ...

Search resumes for victims of eruption on Mount Ontake

Jul 29, 2015

Search resumes for victims of eruption on Mount Ontake

The search resumed Wednesday for six people missing on Mount Ontake following its eruption in September. The hunt was suspended last fall when winter weather set in. After offering silent prayers, search parties headed for the 3,067-meter peak straddling Nagano and Gifu prefectures, where the ...