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New Lava Fissure Destroys Building in Hawaii

Latest vent forces more evacuations

(Newser) - A new fissure in Hawaii's Puna District sent gases and lava exploding into the air on Sunday, spurring officials to call for more evacuations as residents waited for a possible major eruption at Kilauea volcano's summit. Hawaii County Civil Defense issued an emergency cellphone alert after the fissure... More »

Hawaii Volcano Spurs New Worry: Risk of 'Vog'

Kilauea may force more mass evacuations

(Newser) - The ongoing eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is creating new worries for residents—including the risk of "vog," or volcanic smog. Big Island residents have been warned that a change in the wind is expected to increase the risk of vog, which contains potentially deadly sulfur dioxide... More »

USGS: Hawaii Volcano Could Erupt Explosively

Kilauea could spew rocks for miles

(Newser) - Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could soon send boulders and ash shooting out of its summit crater in the kind of explosive eruption last displayed nearly a century ago. The risk will rise as lava drains from the summit crater down the flank of the volcano, and explosions could occur if... More »

Lava Destroys Dozens of Homes in Hawaii

There's no end in sight to volcanic activity, scientists warn

(Newser) - As lava, toxic gases, and steam continue to burst through new vents in the ground of a Hawaii neighborhood, the 1,700 people evacuated from the area have no idea when they might be able to go home—and some no longer have homes to return to. Hawaii County officials... More »

Hawaii Declares Emergency as Massive Volcano Erupts

Big Island neighborhood evacuated

(Newser) - Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has erupted, prompting Gov. David Ige to declare a state of emergency and activate the National Guard. Soldiers have been called in to assist with the mandatory evacuation of the Leilani Estates neighborhood in the Puna district of Big Island, which is in danger of being... More »

Eruption 'Completely Annihilates' Mountain Peak

Mt. Sinabung has changed shape after volcanic blast

(Newser) - The eruption of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung that shot ash three miles high also blew away much of the mountain's summit. Before and after images from Indonesia's Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation show an enormous chunk missing from the peak, which it called "completely annihilated.... More »

1 Killed, 16 Hurt in Eruption, Avalanche at Ski Resort

Flying rocks from Japan volcano hit gondola

(Newser) - At least 16 people skiing on the slopes of a volcano in central Japan were injured by flying rocks during a surprise eruption and a subsequent avalanche Tuesday, and one person later died. Six skiers, including the man who died, were among 30 Japanese soldiers who were participating in ski... More »

Threat Level Raised as 'Violent' Volcanic Eruption Nears

Mayon volcano in the Philippines just spewed out a 4,300-foot ash plume

(Newser) - Residents of the island of Luzon in the Philippines have been lying in nervous wait after seismologists predicted last week that its Mayon volcano was exhibiting signs of an "imminent eruption." On Monday, the prospect of danger was raised further, with the threat level jumping from three to... More »

Yellowstone's Supervolcano Could Erupt in a 'Geologic Snap'

Eruption process could take just decades, rather than centuries

(Newser) - Should it ever erupt, a supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park could blanket North America in an ash cloud, wipe out communications, and alter the climate. Given that eruptions of supervolcanoes buried on our planet—and there are several—are thought to occur every 100,000 years or so, however, the... More »

Millions Flock to Catch Eruption Live-Stream From Mount Etna

Italian volcano has been pretty quiet for a couple of years

(Newser) - We're still more than four months out from the Fourth of July, but the fireworks started early in Sicily this week. Reuters reports Mount Etna experienced its first eruption of 2017, sending lava skyward above the Italian island on Monday night. By Tuesday morning, brilliant spurts from the volcano,... More »

Hawaiians Ready to Bolt as Lava Creeps Nearer

Flow from Kilauea volcano moving 30-45 feet per hour

(Newser) - Lava from a Hawaiian volcano is headed toward homes and businesses, and residents on Hawaii's Big Island are under instructions to be ready to evacuate by tomorrow. The molten lava from the Kilauea volcano is moving at about 30 to 45 feet per hour, the AP reports. During the... More »

Toxic Gas Forces Rescuers From Japan Volcano

Death toll hits 36, with 63 injured

(Newser) - The presumed death toll in the eruption of a Japanese volcano has hit 36 after five more bodies were discovered today, the AP reports. They were found near a shrine at the summit, officials say. Twelve bodies have been airlifted down the mountain, but 24 are believed to remain, and... More »

Philippines Volcano Looks Ready to Blow

12K evacuated from around Mount Mayon

(Newser) - More than 12,000 residents were evacuated from the foot of Mount Mayon in the Philippines today as the volcano spewed out lava that spilled a half-mile down the mountain and glowed ominously from the crater at its peak, the AP reports. Joey Salceda, governor of the Albay province, ordered... More »

Your Teacher Was Wrong About Volcanoes

Scientists propose new explanation for their activity

(Newser) - Textbooks have long offered students an explanation of volcanoes that's totally wrong—or so say scientists who are offering a very different theory, Caltech reports. The standard explanation depends on the existence of long, narrow columns or jets of magma known as mantle plumes. Since about 1990, they've... More »

Supervolcanoes: What Makes Them Erupt

Molten lava alone can cause them to blow: scientists

(Newser) - Scientists are keeping a wary eye on our planet's 20 or so supervolcanoes—like the one at Yellowstone National Park—wondering when they will erupt with devastating effects. Now Swiss researchers say that supervolcanoes don't require an external trigger such as an earthquake to cause an eruption; molten... More »

Culprit Found in 13th-Century Eruption That Rocked Earth

Polar traces indicate Indonesian volcano

(Newser) - An eruption in 1257—the biggest in the last 3,700 years—was so vast that it left its mark at opposite ends of the Earth and exacted a profound short-term impact on the climate, including a "year without a summer." Its chemical signature appears in Arctic as... More »

Huge Volcano Blast Showers City in Ash

Sakurajima eruption 'was a bit dramatic, but we are kind of used to it,' says resident

(Newser) - Residents in a southern Japanese city are busy washing ash off the streets today after a nearby volcano spewed a record-high smoke plume into the sky. Ash wafted as high as three miles above the Sakurajima volcano in the southern city of Kagoshima yesterday afternoon, forming its highest plume since... More »

5 Climbers Perish on Philippine Volcano

Sudden eruption took mountaineers by surprise

(Newser) - One of the Philippines' most active volcanoes spewed huge rocks and ash after daybreak today, killing at least five climbers and trapping more than a dozen others near the crater in its first eruption in three years, officials said. Rescue teams and helicopters were sent to Mayon volcano in the... More »

'Mount Doom' Neighbor Erupts

New Zealand's Mount Tongariro blows its top

(Newser) - Mount Tongariro, a neighbor of the New Zealand volcano used as "Mount Doom" in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, erupted today, the Australian reports. No significant damage was reported, and dozens of hikers—including schoolchildren—who were on trails near the mountain's base are safe. But flights... More »

'Mount Doom' Set to Erupt

'Lord of the Rings ' volcano could disrupt 'Hobbit ' premiere

(Newser) - Temperatures are fluctuating wildly at one of two volcanoes Peter Jackson used as "Mount Doom" in his Lord of the Rings trilogy, and scientists believe an eruption at Mount Ruapehu on New Zealand's North Island could happen any day. Ruapehu is the country's largest active volcano and... More »

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