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Beneath Mount St. Helens, a Heart of (Cold) Stone

The volcano is an outlier in more ways than one

(Newser) - Mount St. Helens already stands out as one of the most active volcanoes in the Cascade Arc and the deadliest in the US, since its 1980 eruption claimed nearly 60 lives. It's also an outlier in a literal sense, sitting 30 miles west of the volcanoes that neatly line... More »

Volcano Erupts With Hundreds of Hikers Nearby

Indonesia evacuates tourists from 'Child of Rinjani'

(Newser) - Indonesian authorities are searching for several hundred tourists after Mount Barujari on Lombok island spewed a massive column of ash into the atmosphere and have evacuated more than 1,100 others, the country's disaster agency says. The volcano, also known as the Child of Rinjani because it sits within... More »

Hawaii Is Growing, Courtesy of Lava Flowing Into Ocean

The mixing of lava and seawater is helping build new land on the Big Island

(Newser) - Hawaii's Big Island is getting bigger, and in geological terms it's happening fast. Kilauea, a shield volcano that rose from the sea more than 50,000 years ago, is among the world's most active, and its Pu'u O'o spatter cone has been erupting nonstop since... More »

Check Out Volcano's 'Smiley Face'

Video from Hawaii gets attention

(Newser) - Video of a volcano that appears to be smiling has gone viral after Mick Kalber of helicopter tour company Paradise Helicopters happened to be in the right place (Hawaii) at the right time (Wednesday), Mashable reports. ABC 10 reports that the video shows the Kilauea volcano, which is one... More »

Lord of the Rings' 'Mount Doom' May Erupt

Volcanic alert level raised at Mount Ruapehu

(Newser) - Mordor's "Mount Doom" may be about to erupt for the first time since 2007. Lake temperature and volcanic gas output have spiked in recent weeks at New Zealand's Mount Ruapehu, featured in the Lord of the Rings movies, leading officials to raise the volcanic alert level from... More »

Swarm of Small Quakes Shakes Mount St. Helens

No immediate danger, but it's slowly recharging

(Newser) - There's a whole lot of shaking going on underneath the most active volcano in the lower 48 states, according to the US Geological Survey. The USGS says that while there's no sign that Mount St. Helens is going to blow its top any time soon, there has been... More »

In Alaska, Pavlof Erupts Again

Volcano didn't give much warning this time

(Newser) - A volcano on Alaska's Aleutian Islands erupted Sunday afternoon and sent ash 20,000 feet into the air, according to the US Geological Survey . The agency says the Pavlof Volcano, which is about 600 miles southwest of Anchorage, erupted abruptly at 4:18pm local time. The agency says the... More »

A Supervolcano's Deadly Lava? You Might Outrun It

At least in a car—that ash and gas moves slowly, study says

(Newser) - Think supervolcanoes that devastate entire regions are terrifying? Well sure, but you might be able to outrun them—according to a study that says one prehistoric supervolcano churned out lava at only 10 to 45 miles per hour, Live Science reports. "It's really interesting how you can have... More »

Ancient 'Mega-Tsunami' Could Happen Again

Scientists marvel at what happened on island of Santiago

(Newser) - A huge tsunami apparently struck an island off the coast of Africa in prehistoric times—and if so, people living on islands and coastlines today should take care for their safety. According to a new study , a tsunami over 50 stories high swept through the Cape Verdean island of Santiago... More »

In Search of Lobsters, Scientists Find Volcanoes

New research boat spots 4 calderas off Australia's east coast

(Newser) - Researchers on the last night of a voyage to find lobster larvae instead uncovered four extinct, undiscovered volcanoes some 155 miles off Australia's east coast. "My jaw just dropped," voyage leader Iain Suthers tells the Guardian . Though he says researchers believed the ocean floor in the area... More »

A Strange, Remarkable Quake Hit Wyoming

Wind River Earthquake stands out for its size and power

(Newser) - An earthquake struck Wyoming two years ago that made little sense, scientifically speaking—but experts seem closer to solving the mystery, the BBC reports. Called the Wind River Earthquake, it hit with 4.7 magnitude in an area that rarely sees such seismic power. Hardly surprising, since the Wind River... More »

Island Volcano Spews Ash 6 Miles High

Japan's Mount Shindake latest eruption in Pacific's 'Ring of Fire'

(Newser) - A volcano erupted in spectacular fashion on a small island in southern Japan today, spewing out rocks and sending black clouds of ash nearly 6 miles into the sky. Authorities told people on the island to evacuate, and 136 people were removed via the air and sea. One person was... More »

Galapagos Volcano Erupts, Threatens Rare Iguanas

Officials hope unique pink iguanas 'will not be affected'

(Newser) - Wolf Volcano on the Galapagos Islands rumbled to life yesterday for the first time in 33 years, sending smoke billowing into the air and lava spewing down onto Isabela Island. As the nearest inhabitants live about 70 miles away from the volcano, there is no risk to humans, reports AFP... More »

Hawaii Lava Lake Explodes

It's like taking a hammer to a champagne bottle, geologist says

(Newser) - Molten lava, rocks, and gas went flying through the air on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano after an explosion was caused by the partial collapse of a crater wall. The collapse triggered a small explosion, spreading lava and debris around the rim of Kilauea's Halemaumau Crater, the US Geological Survey'... More »

Chile Volcano Spawns Earthquakes

Officials warn of 'even more aggressive' eruption

(Newser) - Southern Chile is on red alert after twin eruptions of the Calbuco volcano, with authorities warning that a third and "even more aggressive" eruption could be imminent. Two earthquakes, the bigger of which had a magnitude of 3, occurred in the area last night, reports the Los Angeles Times... More »

Incredible Images of Volcano's First Eruption in 43 Years

A huge ash cloud billows from Chile's Calbuco volcano

(Newser) - The volcano's giant ash cloud stretched far into the sky over an area of Chile's south that's lightly populated, but the incredible images are making their way around the world. The Calbuco volcano erupted yesterday for the first time in almost 43 years, spurring the evacuation of... More »

Parts of Wash., Ore. Covered in Mysterious Ash

Could be from a volcano thousands of miles away

(Newser) - Washington and Oregon residents have reported a mysterious ash covering parts of the region, describing it as "white stuff" and "milky rain," CNN reports. A statement from Walla Walla County Emergency Management yesterday said the ash is "more than likely from the Volcano Shiveluch," which... More »

'Ring of Fire' Volcano Births New Island

But it's likely to have a short life span

(Newser) - Mother Earth has given birth to new land. An island has formed in the Pacific Ring of Fire, where a volcano has been erupting since Dec. 20. Tonga's Ministry of Lands, Survey, and Natural Resources tells the Weather Network the volcano is erupting from two vents. One is spewing... More »

Family Builds New Home as Lava Consumes Old One

It took them 3 weeks to move their 80 rabbits, goats, chickens, cows, and sheep

(Newser) - The family that lost their rented house to the lava flow creeping its way across Hawaii's Big Island this week just so happens to be pouring the foundation for a new one at the same time. Margaret and John Byrd had lived on the large property with their family... More »

Hawaii Lava Flow Engulfs First Home

It's been inching its way toward evacuated residences since June

(Newser) - Kilauea in Hawaii has been an active volcano since 1983, and it's just claimed its first house. The 2,000-degree Fahrenheit lava flow has been inching its way toward the remote Pahoa village since June, reports CNN , so residents have long since cleared out, catching glimpses of the state... More »

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