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Hiker Makes an Odd Discovery at Hawaii Volcano

Decades-old bombs found in Mauna Loa, part of an experiment to slow lava flow

(Newser) - A hiker traipsing around Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano came across a strange find last month: two rusty, decades-old bombs, both unexploded. But as Live Science reports, the find by Kawika Singson has a logical explanation, one that goes back to the 1930s. Back then, a prominent Hawaiian volcanologist pushed... More »

Woman Wakes From Coma After Volcano, Gets Tragic News

Severely burned Lisa Dallow finds out husband, 15-year-old daughter died in NZ disaster

(Newser) - Bittersweet news out of Australia, where a woman severely burned in the eruption of the White Island volcano in New Zealand finally awoke from her coma—only to find out her family had died in the disaster. A rep for the family tells the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that 48-year-old engineer... More »

Study of Vesuvius Victim's Skull Reveals a Surprise

Researchers say his brain turned to glass

(Newser) - The eruption of Mount Vesuvius may have most famously destroyed Pompeii, but the nearby town of Herculaneum endured a similar fate. Now a new study suggests that at least one of the town's residents suffered a remarkable, if grisly, fate: His brain essentially turned to glass, reports Live Science... More »

20th Victim of NZ Volcano Dies

He died from injuries more than a month after disaster

(Newser) - A man who died in an Australian hospital was the 20th casualty of the New Zealand volcano eruption more than a month ago, officials said Monday. The victim was one of three Australians transferred to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, after the Dec. 9 eruption at White Island . A... More »

Thousands Flee Volcanic Eruption

Taal Volcano in the Philippines has been restive since last year

(Newser) - A small volcano near the Philippine capital that draws tourists for its picturesque setting in a lake erupted with a massive plume of ash and steam Sunday, prompting the evacuation of tens of thousands of people and forcing Manila's international airport to shut down, the AP reports. The Philippine... More »

US Woman Is 19th Victim of New Zealand Eruption

Mayuri Singh died from complications during treatment

(Newser) - An American woman grievously injured in the eruption of New Zealand's White Island volcano has died in an Auckland hospital. The death of Atlanta resident Mayuri "Mary" Singh brings the death toll to 19, including two victims who are presumed dead but whose bodies have not been recovered,... More »

She Was Celebrating a Birthday With Family. Then, an Eruption

Australian student Krystal Eve Browitt, 21, is first victim IDed after volcano blast in New Zealand

(Newser) - The first official victim ID from police has been announced after Monday's volcano eruption on New Zealand's White Island. Per the BBC , Krystal Eve Browitt, 21, was an Australian from Melbourne. Sky News Australia reports Browitt was on the island with her family on one leg of a... More »

The Volcano Could Blow Again. A Team Went In Anyway

Six more bodies have been recovered on White Island in NZ after Monday's eruption

(Newser) - A "risky mission" onto New Zealand's White Island to retrieve the bodies of eight people believed to have been killed during Monday's volcano eruption "went to plan." Six bodies were recovered Friday, with "every effort to locate and recover the two remaining deceased,"... More »

2 Teen Volcano Victims Die

Police plan risky mission to retrieve other bodies from White Island

(Newser) - A risky mission to retrieve the bodies of eight people believed to have been killed in the White Island eruption will begin at first light Friday, authorities in New Zealand say. "We have a plan," says Police Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement: Eight people, including military personnel and police... More »

En Route to New Zealand: Vast Amount of Skin

Emergency room doctor describes scene 'like a war zone'

(Newser) - Some 1,300 square feet of skin is being sent to New Zealand for burn victims caught up in the White Island eruption . If that's not a good enough indication of the condition of the 30 people still in the hospital, emergency room doctor John Bonning tells the New ... More »

Volcano Was 'a Disaster Waiting to Happen'

Tour guide among 6 dead following White Island eruption

(Newser) - A person injured in the eruption of New Zealand's most active cone volcano has died in an Auckland hospital, pushing the confirmed death toll to six, with further casualties expected. Thirty people remain in the hospital, almost all with burns to more than 30% of the body, and some... More »

'No Signs of Life' on Island After Volcano Eruption

5 confirmed dead, but 8 others still missing

(Newser) - Five people are confirmed dead, but eight people are still missing after a New Zealand volcano erupted Monday , and national police said early Tuesday (local time) that reconnaissance flights over White Island found "no signs of life at any point." "Police believe that anyone who could have... More »

5 Dead, Many Missing After New Zealand Volcano Erupts

Police say White Island is too dangerous to search

(Newser) - A volcanic island in New Zealand erupted Monday in a tower of ash and steam while dozens of tourists were exploring the moon-like surface, killing five people and leaving many more missing. Police said the site was still too dangerous hours later for rescuers to search for the missing. Police... More »

Life Endures Pretty Much Anywhere—Except Here

The landscape at Dallol is forbidding to say the least

(Newser) - Just because a planet has liquid, don't expect life there—at least according to a new study that delved into one of Earth's most toxic environments, CNN reports. Scientists took samples from the creepy, multicolored pools on a volcanic crater in Ethiopia, and found not one living thing.... More »

A Yellowstone Risk Nobody Likes to Think About

If the supervolcano blows, it could be lights out for everyone, warns op-ed

(Newser) - Plenty of op-eds in the New York Times these days worry about a political apocalypse. A new one warns about the old-fashioned variety. More specifically, author Bryan Walsh is reminding everyone that Yellowstone National Park has a supervolcano, one that last blew 640,000 years ago. If it goes off... More »

5 Days After Wedding, He Fell In a Volcano

Indiana's Clay Chastain is thankful his new wife was there to help

(Newser) - Clay and Acaimie Chastain had hoped for a relaxing honeymoon in St. Kitts—but that was before the groom fell into a volcano. Five days after their July 13 wedding, the Indiana couple were hiking on Mount Liamuiga when Clay decided to descend a path into the dormant volcano to... More »

Tourists Jump in Sea to Escape Volcano

Eruption killed hiker on Stromboli

(Newser) - Minor eruptions of the volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli happen so often it is nicknamed the "Lighthouse of the Mediterranean"—but the one Wednesday evening was very different. Tourists on the island north of Sicily fled into the sea after a huge blast created a mushroom... More »

Guy Tumbles 800 Feet Into Volcano, Then Stands

Unidentified male airlifted from Oregon's Crater Lake

(Newser) - An Oregon man has survived a reported 800-foot fall into a sleeping volcano's caldera. The man, whose name hasn't been released, fell from the caldera's rim at Crater Lake National Park before the Coast Guard was alerted shortly before 4pm Monday. A rescue team had by then... More »

Scientists Find Source of Worldwide Mystery Hum

It's likely a massive underwater volcano, they say

(Newser) - Hear about a strange underwater hum that went 'round the world? Neither had we, but scientists say they've found the likely source: a huge underwater volcano off the coast of Africa, LiveScience reports. Rising half a mile from the ocean floor and three miles across, the volcano apparently... More »

Volcano Collapse Blamed for Killer Tsunami

No warning was issued before disaster

(Newser) - Fourteen years after the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, Indonesia is counting the victims of another killer wave. The death toll in the Saturday tsunami has now hit 281, with dozens more missing and around 1,000 people injured, the BBC reports. People near the island volcano of Anak Krakatau—"... More »

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