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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 »

'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 »

Thousands Flee Guatemala's 'Volcano of Fire'

'It sounded like a pressure cooker that wouldn't stop,' evacuee says

(Newser) - More than 10,000 people fled their homes yesterday after Guatemala's Volcan del Fuego—"Volcano of Fire"—blew its top, spewing ash over a wide area and hurling burning rocks thousands of feet in the air, reports the BBC . The tourist center of Antigua, just six miles... More »

Italy's Mount Etna Erupts

Column of ash measured 16K feet

(Newser) - Mount Etna is at it again: Europe's most active volcano burst to life again yesterday morning, spewing lava and sending a pillar of ash 16,000 feet into the air, ITN reports. Experts say there's no danger to nearby villages, however, and so far no flights have been... More »

Underwater Lava May Create New Canary Island

The mass keeps growing and growing ...

(Newser) - An underwater volcano near the Canary Islands has been gushing lava for three weeks and might just form a brand-new island. The erupting magma has reached 330 feet above the sea floor, and it needs to reach up another 490 feet to break the surface of the Atlantic, reports Der ... More »

Another Big Iceland Volcano May Blow

Katla would make last year's eruption look 'small'

(Newser) - Another Icelandic volcano has begun to grumble—and if it erupts, it could make last year's ash cloud look like a joke, experts say. The 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokul was "small," according to a scientist; it didn't seem that way to the airlines that lost $2... More »

Thousands Flee as Indonesia Volcano Erupts

No casualties reported after Mount Lokon explodes

(Newser) - Indonesia's Mount Lokon volcano suddenly blew its top yesterday, sending thousands of panicked residents fleeing down its slopes as ash, sand and rocks were thrown 5,000 feet in the air. Three powerful eruptions occurred in three hours, but there were no immediate reports of casualties, AP reports. Police... More »

3,500 Evacuated as Chile Volcano Erupts

First major eruption in decades sends ash six miles into sky

(Newser) - The southern Chile volcano Puyehue erupted yesterday, sending ash more than six miles into the air and forcing 3,500 people to be evacuated from their homes. The volcano erupted yesterday afternoon after a series of earthquakes in the morning, as many as 230 per hour, reports the AP . Much... More »

Hawaii Volcano Spews Lava

Crater floor collapses, followed by new fissure, eruptions

(Newser) - A new vent opened in a Hawaii volcano Saturday, spewing lava some 80 feet in the air, scientists say. The fissure near Kilauea volcano’s Puu Oo crater in the Big Island’s Hawaii Volcanoes National Park expanded to a whopping 1.4 miles in length yesterday with lava eruptions... More »

Japan Volcano Breaks Windows 5 Miles Away

Biggest blast yet could be heard more than four miles away

(Newser) - Japan’s Shinmoedake peak gave off its biggest explosion yet today, shooting debris 6500 feet into the air and shattering windows five miles away. The eruption was five times larger than the volcano’s initial activity, and Japan widened the danger zone to a two-and-a-half-mile radius around the crater, the... More »

Africa Rapidly Breaking in Two

Quakes widen fissure at rarely-seen speed: scientists

(Newser) - Africa is gradually breaking apart—and in the past several months, the process has accelerated. Now, amid earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, it’s happening exceptionally quickly, reports Der Spiegel . Water is threatening to flood a fracture between Ethiopia and Mozambique, scientists say; while it will be millions of years before... More »

Tsunami, Volcano Kill 130 in Indonesia

Thousands flee erupting Java volcano

(Newser) - Twin disasters caused by activity in the Pacific "Ring of Fire" have killed at least 130 people in Indonesia. A tsunami triggered by an earthquake has killed more than 100 in an island chain west of Sumatra. Hundreds more villagers are missing. On the island of Java, the Mount... More »

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