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'Volcano Caught Us With Our Pants Down, and It's Very Devastating'

After eruption, St. Vincent is running out of water

(Newser) - Leaders of volcano-wracked St. Vincent said Tuesday that water is running short as heavy ash contaminates supplies, and they estimated that the eastern Caribbean island will need hundreds of millions of dollars to recover from the eruption of La Soufriere. Between 16,000 to 20,000 people have been evacuated...

Caribbean Island Residents Uprooted by Volcano

La Soufriere erupts on St. Vincent, and the explosions may not be over

(Newser) - Heavy ashfall rained down on parts of the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent on Saturday and a strong sulfur smell enveloped communities a day after a powerful explosion at La Soufriere volcano . Caribbean nations including Antigua and Guyana have offered help by either shipping emergency supplies or temporarily opening...

Within Hours of Evacuation Order, Volcano Opens Up

La Soufriere volcano erupts in St. Vincent

(Newser) - A volcano on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent erupted Friday, just hours after the government ordered the mandatory evacuation of an estimated 16,000 people. Erouscilla Joseph, director of the University of the West Indies Seismic Center (UWI-SRC), described a 6-mile high column of ash extending from La Soufriere...

Hikers Have to Vamoose as Volcano Speaks Up

Iceland's latest eruption suggests a shift is underway

(Newser) - As volcanic eruptions go, the latest one in Iceland has been a relatively tame affair. Gentle lava flows have allowed hikers in Geldinga Valley to get up close and personal—and even roast hot dogs, as photos rounded up in the Atlantic show. Things changed Monday, however, when a new...

Incredible Drone Footage Captures Iceland Volcano Eruption

Filmmaker says drone did not even appear damaged by its adventure

(Newser) - "Whoa" is really the only word to describe the footage captured by a drone of a volcanic eruption in Iceland. Fagradalsfjall erupted over the weekend for the first time in more than 800 years, CNET reports. Filmmaker Bjorn Steinbekk sent the drone over the 1,263-foot volcano, Newsweek reports....

Vesuvius Killed in Minutes
Vesuvius Killed in Minutes
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Vesuvius Killed in Minutes

Researchers say people of Pompeii couldn't escape cloud of ash and gases

(Newser) - Vesuvius killed the 2,000 people of Pompeii quickly—in about 15 minutes, new research shows. They died not when lava reached them after the volcano erupted, but in a cloud of ash and gases, the Guardian reports; the victims had no escape and were unable to breathe. Most of...

After More Than 40K Tiny Quakes, an Eruption

Volcano on Iceland's Reykjanes Peninsula finally blew on Friday night

(Newser) - They knew it was coming. For weeks, residents in Iceland have been feeling the ground tremble as the island nation was pummeled by tens of thousands of tiny earthquakes , a phenomenon that scientists warned appeared to be a precursor to a volcanic eruption. On Friday night, that eruption took place...

Even Seasoned Volcanologists Are Floored by Etna

Spectacular spurts of lava have been lighting up the Sicilian sky each night

(Newser) - Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, has awed even seasoned volcanologists in recent days with spectacular spurts of lava lighting up the Sicilian sky each night. The latest eruption overnight petered out by around 4am EST Tuesday, according to Italy’s National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology. For over...

Quiet Caribbean Volcanoes Suddenly Rumbling to Life

It has been decades since La Soufriere, Mt. Pelee erupted

(Newser) - Volcanoes that have been quiet for decades are rumbling to life in the eastern Caribbean, prompting officials to issue alerts in Martinique and St. Vincent and the Grenadines as scientists rush in to study activity they say hasn’t been observed in years. The most recent warning was issued late...

How 2020 Is Coming to an End: Like This

Kilauea eruption followed a series of earthquakes on Hawaii's Big Island

(Newser) - Because 2020 wouldn't be complete without some Americans dealing with an erupting volcano: The US Geological Survey says the Kilauea volcano, which is located on Hawaii’s Big Island, has erupted following a series of earthquakes in the area. The biggest, which was recorded at magnitude 4.4, hit...

Charges Filed in Deaths of Tourists After Eruption

Organizations, individuals face health and safety accusations after 22 were killed a year ago

(Newser) - "Those who went to the island, did so with the reasonable expectation that there were appropriate systems in place to ensure they made it home healthy and safe," a New Zealand government agency said Monday. Instead, 22 of the 47 people who were on White Island when a...

40 Years Ago Today, Volcanic Ash Rained Down on Us

Mount St. Helens blew its top on May 18, 1980

(Newser) - The coronavirus outbreak disrupted what had been big plans to mark the 40th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington state. The peak in the Cascade Mountain Range blew its top on May 18, 1980, killing 57 people, blasting more than 1,300 feet off the top...

When the Volcano Blew, Rescuers Rushed In
They Knew Risks, but No One
Thought Volcano Would Blow
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They Knew Risks, but No One Thought Volcano Would Blow

'GQ' has the story of White Island's eruption in New Zealand in 2019

(Newser) - When the volcanic White Island of New Zealand erupted in December , it was a "shock but not a surprise," writes Joshua Hammer at GQ . Volcanologists had been taking note of increased activity for a while, and the four-stage threat level had been raised from 1 to 2. But...

Too Much Rain May Have Triggered Kilauea Eruption
Scientists: We Know Why
Kilauea Got Triggered
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Scientists: We Know Why Kilauea Got Triggered

Theory suggests heavy rain increased pore pressure, but other scientists are doubtful

(Newser) - Climate change could usher in more volcanic eruptions, according to new research focusing on the 2018 Kilauea eruptions in Hawaii. The research published Wednesday in Nature suggests the Kilauea eruptions were triggered by months of extreme rainfall, which included a 24-hour period that set a US record. The idea is...

A Volcano Reawakens, Leaving Locals 'Traumatized'

Indonesia's Anak Krakatau, which spurred deadly 2018 tsunami in the Krakatoa crater, has erupted

(Newser) - In December 2018, hundreds of people died when a section of the Anak Krakatau island volcano, located in Indonesia's Krakatoa crater, collapsed, setting off a deadly tsunami . Now, there's new activity from the volcano, with the longest eruption noted since the 2018 disaster. The AP reports that Anak...

Hiker Discovers Old Bombs at Hawaii Volcano
Hiker Makes an Odd
Discovery at Hawaii Volcano
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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...

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...

Vesuvius May Have Turned Victim's Brain to Glass
Study of Vesuvius Victim's
Skull Reveals a Surprise
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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...

20th Victim of NZ Volcano Dies
20th Victim of NZ Volcano Dies

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...

Thousands Flee Volcanic Eruption
Thousands Flee
Volcanic Eruption

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...

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