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Satellite Images: Indonesian Volcano Collapsed

The southwestern flank of Anak Krakatau is missing

(Newser) - Radar data from satellites, converted into images, shows Indonesia's Anak Krakatau island volcano is dramatically smaller following a weekend eruption that triggered a deadly tsunami. Satellite photos aren't available because of cloud cover, reports the AP , but radar images from a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency satellite taken before... 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 »

Video Captures Tsunami Pulling Band Into the Sea

Lead singer of Seventeen band's only known survivor

(Newser) - Moments before tsunami waves struck a beach in Indonesia, the band Seventeen was playing a beachside concert. Moments later, screams. Reuters reports some 200 employees of the state electricity utility and their families were gathered at the year-end party at the Tanjung Lesung Beach Resort on Java's western tip... 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 »

When This Volcano Erupted in 1963, It Cooled the Earth

100K ordered to leave Mount Agung volcano zone on the island of Bali

(Newser) - A volcano gushing towering columns of ash closed the airport on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali for a second day Tuesday, disrupting travel for tens of thousands, as authorities renewed their warnings for 100,000 villagers to evacuate. Mount Agung has been hurling clouds of white and dark gray... More »

Volcano Strands 60K Travelers on Bali

Alert raised to highest level

(Newser) - Indonesian authorities ordered a mass evacuation of people Monday from an expanded danger zone around an erupting volcano on Bali that has forced the island's international airport to close, stranding tens of thousands of travelers. Mount Agung has been hurling clouds of white and dark gray ash about 9,... More »

Volcano Erupts With Hundreds of Hikers Nearby

Indonesia evacuates tourists from 'Child of Rinjani'

(Newser) - Indonesian authorities are searching for several hundred tourists after Mount Barujari on Lombok island spewed a massive column of ash into the atmosphere and have evacuated more than 1,100 others, the country's disaster agency says. The volcano, also known as the Child of Rinjani because it sits within... More »

Volcano's Massive Eruption Heard 125 Miles Away

100K flee as ash clouds Indonesia

(Newser) - A major volcanic eruption on Indonesia's most heavily populated island blasted clouds of ash and debris 12 miles into the air today, killing two people while forcing authorities to evacuate more than 100,000 and close six airports. The explosive overnight eruption of Java island's Mount Kelud, one... More »

Indonesia Volcano Erupts, Kills 14

Mount Sinabung eruption comes just after government let residents return

(Newser) - An Indonesian volcano that has been rumbling for months unleashed a major eruption today, killing 14 people just a day after authorities allowed thousands of evacuated villagers to return to its slopes. Among the dead on Mount Sinabung were a local television journalist and four high-school students and their teacher... More »

19K Evacuated Amid Indonesia Volcano Eruption

Panic follows latest blast, but no one reported hurt

(Newser) - A rumbling volcano in western Indonesia that has been spewing lava and clouds of gas high into the sky has let out a new, powerful burst, prompting warnings for airplanes and triggering panic among villagers, officials said. Nine eruptions have sent lava and searing gas tumbling out of Mount Sinabung... 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 »

Biggest Blast Yet Rocks Indonesia Volcano

(Newser) - A volatile volcano in central Indonesia unleashed its most powerful eruption yet today, spewing hot ash and smoke thousands of feet into the air and sending panicked villagers racing back to emergency shelters. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Mount Lokon, located on northern Sulawesi island, has been dormant... 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 »

Obama Likely to Cut Indonesia Trip Short

He may not get to deliver key speech because of volcano

(Newser) - Barack Obama will likely be forced to shorten what was already supposed to be a brief trip to his one-time home of Indonesia, thanks to the eruption of Mount Merapi. The trip was originally supposed to be a 24-hour affair, running from midday today to midday tomorrow, but now Obama’... More »

Indonesians Flee Still-Rumbling Volcano

Death toll hits 141, Merapi could blow again

(Newser) - Indonesians are scrambling to get out of Mount Merapi's way today, as the death toll reached 141 and the volcano continued to belch gas clouds and threaten to erupt again at any moment. Overloaded trains carried twice their normal passengers out of the 400,000-strong city of Yogyakarta, some 20... More »

Indonesia Volcano Death Toll Doubles

Searing gas cloud kills dozens in 'safe zone'

(Newser) - Blistering gas from Indonesia's most volatile volcano spewed farther than expected today, incinerating houses at the edge of the danger zone, triggering chaotic evacuations and pushing the death toll above 100. Soldiers joined overnight rescue operations in a village 9 miles from the crater of Mount Merapi, pulling at least... More »

Indonesia Volcano Erupts Again

Death toll from Mount Merapi hits 44 as people again evacuate

(Newser) - Towering clouds of hot ash gushed from the mouth of Indonesia's deadly Mount Merapi today, forcing motorists in cities 20 miles away to use their headlights in broad daylight and raising concerns about aviation safety. The death toll climbed to 44. As rocks and ash rained from the sky, soldiers... More »

Indonesia Evacuates After New Volcano Blast

One woman killed fleeing most powerful eruption so far

(Newser) - Indonesia's volatile Mount Merapi powerfully spewed smoke and ash into the air again today, killing one and forcing the military to evacuate the mountain's slope—in some cases, the AP notes, forcibly dragging screaming villagers away as the nation dealt with the latest natural disaster. The 21-minute eruption was followed... 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 »

Indonesian Volcano Erupts Again

Thirty thousand evacuated so far

(Newser) - The Indonesian volcano that erupted for the first time in 400 years yesterday blew again today, forcing 30,000 people to evacuate. Clouds of hot ash shot more than a mile into the air, the AP reports , causing some domestic airplanes to be diverted and local residents to don masks... More »

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