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Scientists Say Tonga Eruption Deserves 'Ultra' Designation

It was many times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

(Newser) - Scientists are continuing to paint a picture of just how strong the undersea volcanic eruption that happened Jan. 15 near the island nation of Tonga was. In short, many, many, many multiples of the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima. NBC News has a statement from NASA that puts the preliminary...

After Tonga's Massive Eruption, 'Very Good News'

'Catastrophic' disaster was apparently averted, though at least 2 have died and ash is everywhere

(Newser) - The blast from the volcano could be heard in Alaska, and the waves crossed the ocean to cause an oil spill and two drownings in Peru. The startling satellite images resembled a massive nuclear explosion. And yet, despite sitting almost on top of the volcano that erupted so violently on...

First, a 'Violent' Eruption. Then, 'Darkness Blanketing the Sky'

Undersea volcano erupts near Tonga, waves crash to shore amid tsunami warning

(Newser) - An undersea volcano erupted in spectacular fashion near the Pacific nation of Tonga on Saturday, sending large waves crashing across the shore and people rushing to higher ground. There were no immediate reports of injuries or the extent of the damage as communications with the small nation, home to about...

Man Dies After Fall Into Hawaii Volcano

75-year-old was in closed-off area, NPS says

(Newser) - The National Park Service says it is investigating the death of a Hawaii man who apparently fell into an active volcano at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Sunday night. The NPS said in a statement that relatives reported the man missing from inside the park around 12:15am Monday, Hawaii News...

After Eruption, Search Continues for Survivors

Death toll from Mt. Semeru in Indonesia rises to 15, but more are missing

(Newser) - It's one of the most active volcanoes in a nation known for them, and the eruption that began Saturday on Mt. Semeru in Indonesia isn't over yet. Details:
  • The death toll in East Java province rose to 15 on Monday, but at least 27 are missing, reports CNN
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Java Volcano Has Now Killed At Least 13

Indonesian officials say others still missing

(Newser) - The death toll following the eruption of the highest volcano on Indonesia’s most densely populated island of Java has risen to 13, with seven people still missing, officials said Sunday as smoldering debris and thick mud hampered search efforts. Mount Semeru in Lumajang district in East Java province spewed...

Eruption in Indonesia Burns Villagers

One man is killed, dozens of people are hospitalized

(Newser) - The highest volcano on Indonesia's most densely populated island of Java spewed thick columns of ash, searing gas and lava down its slopes in a sudden eruption triggered by heavy rains on Saturday. At least one villager died of burns, and dozens were hospitalized, the AP reports. Mount Semeru'...

Alaska Issues Alert on Cloud of 109-Year-Old Ash

Wind has whipped up deposits from Novarupta

(Newser) - Volcano scientists issued an alert Wednesday, warning that a cloud of ash—from an eruption more than century ago—was headed toward Alaska’s Kodiak Island. The ash is from the powerful 1912 eruption of Novarupta, a volcano on the Alaska Peninsula that dropped volcanic ash that is still visible...

Mystery Rescue of La Palma Dogs Is a Head-Scratcher

'The dogs are fine,' said sign left behind by 'A Team,' ahead of drone meant to save them

(Newser) - A drone operation was set to rescue several dogs from the Spanish island of La Palma, where they've been stranded in a yard surrounded by lava after a volcano eruption that's been going on for more than a month. There'd even been a test run that went...

On Lava-Covered Island, a Last-Ditch Rescue

Drone will swoop in to try to save several dogs trapped in yard on La Palma

(Newser) - It's a precarious mission in Spain's Canary Islands, one that will require "calm and concentration," but the drone is ready. So says Aerocamaras, the company that will try to rescue several dogs trapped in a yard by lava on La Palma, where a volcano eruption that...

Drones Bring Food, Water to Dogs Trapped by Volcano

They were stranded by La Palma eruption

(Newser) - Several dogs stranded by the ongoing eruption of a volcano in the Canary Islands have been saved from starvation by drone deliveries. Video from La Palma shows the dogs, trapped in a yard in a mountainous area cut off by lava, opening packages of food and water, reports Reuters . Authorities...

Partial Collapse Starts New Lava Stream

Canary Islands residents lug their belongings from homes

(Newser) - A new river of lava belched Saturday from the La Palma volcano, spreading more destruction on the Atlantic Ocean island where over 1,000 buildings have already been engulfed or badly damaged by streams of molten rock. The partial collapse of the volcanic cone gave birth to a new lava...

Canary Islands Volcano Turns 'More Aggressive'

Two more fissures reported on La Palma, where lava began flowing weeks ago

(Newser) - An erupting volcano on one of the Canary Islands blew open two more fissures on its cone Friday that belched forth lava, with authorities reporting “intense” activity in the area, per the AP . The new fissures, about 50 feet apart, sent streaks of fiery red and orange molten rock...

On Hawaii's Big Island, a 'Pretty Unreal' Sight

Eruption of Kilauea volcano is in 'full swing,' per USGS

(Newser) - As an ongoing volcano eruption on the Spanish island of La Palma continues to wreak havoc , the US Geological Survey says another eruption halfway around the world is in "full swing," reports Reuters . Although local media noted that, as of Wednesday night, there was no immediate danger to...

Lava on La Palma Reaches Ocean, Creates Pyramid

Authorities warn of possible toxic gaes

(Newser) - It may be of little solace to La Palma residents whose homes and livelihoods have been destroyed by the ongoing volcanic eruption, but their island is getting bigger. Lava from an eruption that began on the Spanish island 10 days ago has now reached the Atlantic Ocean, creating a pyramid...

'Miracle Home' That Withstood a Volcano's Flow Succumbs

The owners are 'devastated,' but hope to rebuild

(Newser) - Update: Relief has turned to devastation for the owners of a "miracle home" that initially escaped the lava flow that has destroyed more than 600 other homes in the Canary Islands. The home on La Palma owned by retired Danish couple Inge Bergedorf and Ranier Cocq has now been...

Thousands Homeless, Flights Canceled as Ash Spews

'Evolution of the volcanic emergency' continues on Spanish island of La Palma

(Newser) - Flights to and from the Spanish island of La Palma were canceled Saturday because of an ash cloud spewing out of a volcano that has been erupting for a week . La Palma Airport operator Aena said on Twitter that plane traffic was suspended "due to the accumulation of ash"...

Lava Moving 400 Feet an Hour as It Makes Way to the Sea

Lava is still spewing from Sunday’s eruption in the Canary Islands

(Newser) - A wall of lava up to 40 feet high bore down on a Spanish village Wednesday as islanders scrambled to save what they could before the molten rock swallowed up their homes following a volcanic eruption. The lava still spewing from Sunday's eruption in the Canary Islands off northwest...

Lava From Volcano 'Will Destroy Everything It Encounters'

But officials say eruption on La Palma, in Spain's Canary Islands, likely won't kill anyone

(Newser) - Lava continued to flow slowly from a volcano that erupted in Spain's Canary Islands off northwest Africa, but the head of the regional government said Monday he expects no injuries to people in the area after some 5,000 were evacuated. The AP reports that lava was flowing on...

Europe's Tallest Volcano Is Growing—and Fast

Mount Etna at its tallest recorded height following 50 eruptions in 6 months

(Newser) - Europe's tallest and most active volcano has grown 100 feet in just six months, owing to some 50 eruptions, reaching its tallest height in recorded history, according to a new analysis. For the past 40 years, Mount Etna's tallest peak has been its northeastern crater. But the southeastern...

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