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Mayon Volcano spews debris, hot gases

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PYROCLASTIC FLOW. A view of the pyroclastic flow on the slopes of Mayon Volcano on January 15, 2018. Photo courtesy of Phivolcs

The volcano in Albay is under Alert Level 3, which means a ‘hazardous eruption is possible within weeks or even days’

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 16, 2018) — A pyroclastic flow was spotted at the Mayon Volcano in Albay on Monday morning, January 15, as areas around the volcano remain on high alert for a possible major eruption. Continue reading Mayon Volcano spews debris, hot gases

Hundreds evacuated as Papua New Guinea volcano erupts

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At least 600 residents on a tiny island off Papua New Guinea have been evacuated after a volcano previously believed to be dormant erupted

SYDNEY, Australia (Jan. 7, 2018) — Some 600 residents on a tiny island off Papua New Guinea have been evacuated after a volcano previously believed to be dormant erupted and spewed a “continuous plume” of ash, officials and reports said Sunday, January 7. Continue reading Hundreds evacuated as Papua New Guinea volcano erupts

Planes, ships, barges: the DIY evacuation of Vanuatu’s volcano island

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The Manaro volcano on Vanuatu’s Ambae island pumps out smoke and ash. Photograph: Reuters

Eruption threat means all 11,000 people of Ambae in the Pacific need to leave – and with sparse official help, they are getting off any way they can

October 1, 2017 — Vanuatu is no stranger to the rumblings, shakings, flood waters and wrecking winds of natural disaster. The south Pacific island nation was rated the most at-risk country in the Continue reading Planes, ships, barges: the DIY evacuation of Vanuatu’s volcano island

Drone Peers into Open Volcanic Vents

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Stromboli, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, ejects large, hot volcanic bombs in this long-exposure image of the northeastern region of the summit crater terrace. During a May 2016 pilot project, the authors sent unmanned aerial vehicles where humans couldn’t go to capture images and gather data on the locations and characteristics of Stromboli’s craters and vents. Credit: Rainer Albiez/Shutterstock.com

An unmanned aerial vehicle provided the high-resolution data that allowed scientists to construct their first detailed map of erupting vents at Stromboli, one of the world’s most active volcanoes

September 27, 2017 — Volcanoes that erupt frequently give researchers special opportunities to make repeated high-resolution observations of rapid eruption processes. At explosive volcanoes like Stromboli, situated just off the southwestern coast of Italy, “normal” explosive eruptions take place every few minutes to tens of minutes. However, the rainout of hot volcanic bombs, some as large as a meter across, makes it hazardous for scientists and their instruments to get close enough to Stromboli’s active vents to collect some forms of essential data. Continue reading Drone Peers into Open Volcanic Vents

Bali volcano on highest alert level, thousands flee

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EVACUATION. A boy sits behind his parents and villagers after being evacuated during the raised alert levels for the volcano on Mount Agung in Klungkung regency on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on September 22, 2017. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Mount Agung, about 75 kilometers (47 miles) from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August and officials recommend people stay at least 9 kilometers away from the crater

KARANGASEM, Indonesia (Sept. 22, 2017) — Indonesian officials raised the highest possible alert for a volcano on the resort island of Bali late Friday, September 22, after tremors prompted thousands to flee over fears it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years. Continue reading Bali volcano on highest alert level, thousands flee

Volcanic eruptions triggered global warming 56m years ago, study reveals

Ancient earth’s volcanoes fuelled its rapid warming and led to extinction of marine life
Ancient Earth’s volcanoes fuelled its rapid warming and led to extinction of marine life. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Scientists say one of the most rapid periods of warming in Earth’s history was due to gradual release of CO2, warning current levels of emissions were even higher

August 30, 2017 — A dramatic period of global warming 56 million years ago that saw temperatures climb by up to five degrees and triggered extinctions of marine organisms was down to volcanic Continue reading Volcanic eruptions triggered global warming 56m years ago, study reveals

Phivolcs warns of ‘big’ Mayon eruption in coming days

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MAYON VOLCANO. Volcanologists say magma beneath the so-called ‘perfect cone’ is building up. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Phivolcs cites ‘abnormal activity’ such as drying wells, more earthquakes, and increased sulfur dioxide emission of the volcano

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines (Sept. 8, 2016) — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has warned of a possible “big” Mayon volcano eruption in the coming days.  Continue reading Phivolcs warns of ‘big’ Mayon eruption in coming days

Forest fire in Lanao del Sur feared volcano-related

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FOREST FIRE. Smoke rises from a forest fire between Mount Latukan and Mount Piagayungan in barangay Sandab, Butig, Lanao del Sur on January 22, 2016. Photo courtesy of the Lanao del Sur Provincial Information Office
The site of the fire has an active volcano, Mount Makaturing

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines (Jan. 22, 2016) — Lanao del Sur officials are investigating the cause of the fire that razed the mountain forests of Butig town in the province on Thursday night, January 21, including concerns that it might have been triggered by volcanic activity.

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