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Bank Warns of Potential Disasters Worse Than Pandemic

Deutsche Bank says there is a 1 in 3 chance of a worse catastrophe in the next decade

(Newser) - Financial markets are starting to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic amid promising signs from world economies—but Deutsche Bank doesn't pay its analysts to be optimists. In a report issued Tuesday, those analysts warned that there is a one-in-three chance of an event even more devastating than the pandemic... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Did a Volcano Play a Role in Napoleon's Downfall? Maybe

New study suggests eruption played a role in poor weather conditions during battle

(Newser) - Here's an unexpected theory: that Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo in June 1815 was partly caused by the eruption of an volcano in Indonesia. It's a suggestion tacked onto the end of a study by Dr. Matthew Genge of the Imperial College London published Wednesday in Geology . Titled... More »

'Volcano of Fire' Erupts Explosively, Killing Dozens

It sent a river of lava into Guatemalan villages

(Newser) - Guatemala's Volcan de Fuego—"Volcano of Fire"—lived up to its name on Sunday with an explosive eruption that killed at least 25 people. The volcano, around 27 miles southwest of Guatemala City, spewed rocks and ash into the air and the country's National Disaster Management... More »

Video Shows 'Very Eerie' Blue Flames in Hawaii

Rare images show blue flames burning from cracks made by erupting volcano

(Newser) - Scientists in Hawaii have captured rare images of blue flames burning from cracks in the pavement as the Kilauea volcano gushes fountains of lava in the background, offering insight into a new dimension in the volcano's weeks-long eruption. Volcanos produce methane when hot lava buries and burns plants and... More »

Volcano Erupts Again, Sends Ash Plume 30K Feet Up

Residents as many as 30 miles away starting to feel the effects

(Newser) - Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupted anew early Thursday with little sound and only modest fury, spewing a steely gray plume of ash about 30,000 feet into the sky that began raining down on a nearby town. The explosion at the summit came shortly after 4am following two weeks of... More »

50 US Volcanoes Are Being Closely Watched

There are 169 active ones nationwide

(Newser) - The ongoing eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has brought fresh attention to America's other active or potentially active volcanoes—and there are more of them than many people think, including quite a few in the Lower 48 states, though eruptions aren't a major worry for states like... More »

Hawaii Eruption 'Could Last Days, Weeks, Years'

Another home destroyed Tuesday in Lanipuna Gardens area

(Newser) - Authorities have warned of no end in sight to volcanic activity responsible for hundreds of earthquakes and the destruction of dozens of homes on Hawaii's Big Island. Case in point: After a 24-hour lull, two new volcano fissures opened up in the Lanipuna Gardens area Tuesday afternoon—at least... More »

Lava Engulfs Car in Footage From Hawaii

Lava flowing slowly, but terrifyingly

(Newser) - Lava continues to flow on Hawaii's Big Island after the eruption of the Kilauea volcano, destroying dozens of homes so far. A new video shows how terrifying it can be, albeit very slowly terrifying (an expert told the Los Angeles Times over the weekend that lava was flowing away... More »

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