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  • earthquake off Guam, Big One

    09/17/2014 3:13:21 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 25 replies
    USGS ^ | 9/17/2014 | racebannon
    M6.7 - 45km NW of Piti Village, Guam 2014-09-17 06:14:46 UTC
  • Volcanoes Erupting Right Now All Over The Ring Of Fire – Is The U.S. Next?

    04/10/2014 11:15:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | April 8, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    All of a sudden, the Ring of Fire is starting to tremble violently. Last month, we had a whole bunch of major earthquakes along the Ring of Fire, and this month volcanoes all over the Ring of Fire are erupting. Of course, there has always been seismic activity within this giant band that stretches around the Pacific Ocean. After all, approximately 75 percent of all volcanoes are located in the Ring of Fire and approximately 90 percent of all global earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire. But what is alarming is that the level of activity appears to be...
  • 4.4 earthquake near L.A. could be 'foreshock' for bigger shake

    03/17/2014 12:02:58 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 105 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 17, 2014, 8:33 a.m. | By Ari Bloomekatz and Rong-Gong Lin II
    The magnitude 4.4 earthquake that struck near Westwood is the most significant shake in Southern California since a 5.5 earthquake hit Chino Hills in 2008, a U.S. Geological Survey seismologist told reporters at a news conference Monday morning. Robert Graves said there have been at least six aftershocks since the 6:25 a.m. earthquake. The largest so far has been a magnitude 2.7 earthquake that struck five miles northwest of Westwood.
  • Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano spews ash, gas

    05/18/2013 6:17:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    La Prensa ^ | May 17, 2013 | EFE
    Columns of gas and ash 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) high were detected after two strong explosions from the Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico's Cenapred disaster-management agency said Friday. The first blast came at 10:14 p.m. Thursday, followed by another a little more than two hours later. The explosions deposited glowing fragments up to 1.5 kilometers from the crater as well as columns of ash and gas that were carried northeastward by the prevailing winds, Cenapred said. Popocatepetl, which rises 5,452 meters (17,875 feet) above sea level, is located about 64 kilometers (40 miles) from Mexico City. Mexican authorities have prepared contingency plans...
  • O-kay…Mike Papantonio Compares Tea Party to Invasive Fish That Feasts on Blood

    12/08/2012 10:09:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 07, 2012 | 20:50 | Jack Coleman
    How can you tell when conservatives really annoy a liberal? When his hyperbole exceeds even the broad parameters of absurdity embraced on the left. Case in point—attorney and “Ring of Fire” radio show co-host Mike Papantonio’s appearance on fellow libtalker Thom Hartmann’s show on Wednesday. While talking with Hartmann about post-election backbiting within the GOP and Senate Republicans voting against the UN treaty on disabilities, allegedly out of fear of backlash from the tea party, Papantonio likened tea partiers to a bloodthirsty snakehead fish. …
  • Mag 7.1 Earthquake - 9km WNW of Isnos, Colombia

    09/30/2012 10:19:31 AM PDT · by American Constitutionalist · 44 replies
    American Constitutionalist
    Mag 7.1 Earthqauke - 9km WNW of Isnos, Colombia 2012-09-30 16:31:34 UTC 1.969°N 76.315°W depth=150.4km (93.5mi)
  • Meanwhile In Beijing: "For The Respect Of The Motherland, We Must Go To War With Japan"

    09/15/2012 7:39:11 PM PDT · by gotribe · 31 replies
    Zerohedge.com ^ | 09/15/2012 | Tyler Durden
    Anti-US protests sweeping across the entire Muslim world (which are continuing today), besieging, attacking and burning down US embassies, are not the only thing that the central banker policy vehicle known as "the markets" have to ignore in the coming days and weeks. Cause here comes China: "Thousands besiege Japan's embassy in Beijing over Tokyo's assertion of control over disputed islands in East China Sea." ....
  • 5/24/2012 -- Large Explosive eruption at Sakurajima Volcano - South Japan

    05/24/2012 10:41:55 AM PDT · by Errant · 16 replies
    Youtube ^ | 23 May, 2012 | dutchsinse
    Awesome video of a large explosive eruption of the Sakarajima Volcano in South Japan. We're well above 50 volcanic eruptions for 2012; God only knows how many subsea volcanoes.
  • 7.3 off the coast of Sumatra

    01/10/2012 11:20:24 AM PST · by null and void · 40 replies
    USGS ^ | 1/10/12
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  • Earthquake Vancouver Island Port Hardy 6.7

    09/09/2011 12:56:20 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 114 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 9/9/2011 | foxnews
    Earthquake
  • Quake, 7.0 North Peru

    08/24/2011 11:40:43 AM PDT · by djf · 59 replies
    17:46:11 Universal time...
  • Tsunami Approaches New Zealand

    07/06/2011 2:10:55 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 8 replies
    WSJ Online ^ | JULY 6, 2011, 4:43 P.M. ET | REBECA HOWARD
    WELLINGTON—New Zealand's Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergency Management issued a marine threat for the country's North Island after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck in the Kermadec Islands region in the southern Pacific Ocean early Thursday morning New Zealand time. "Confirmation been received that a tsunami was generated," the Ministry of Civil Defense said. It said a marine threat for Northland, Bay of Plenty, East Coast and Hawkes Bay had been identified. All are located on New Zealand's North Island. The ministry said the first wave would arrive in New Zealand round 8:52 a.m. local time. "
  • 7.2 Earthquake in Alaska – Tsunami Warning Canceled ( More to come for West Coast?)

    06/24/2011 11:53:10 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies · 1+ views
    watts up with that? ^ | June 23, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    From USGS:This event has been reviewed by a seismologist. Magnitude 7.2 Date-Time Friday, June 24, 2011 at 03:09:40 UTCThursday, June 23, 2011 at 06:09:40 PM at epicenterTime of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 52.008°N, 171.859°W Depth 62.6 km (38.9 miles) Region FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA Distances 162 km (101 miles) E (97°) from Atka, AK228 km (142 miles) WSW (244°) from Nikolski, AK328 km (204 miles) E (86°) from Adak, AK1681 km (1045 miles) WSW (243°) from Anchorage, AK Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 13.8 km (8.6 miles); depth +/- 5.3 km (3.3 miles) Parameters NST=784, Nph=791, Dmin=231.5 km,...
  • Increase in Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes in the Last 24 Hours (Vanity)

    04/29/2011 8:29:46 PM PDT · by Errant · 53 replies
    USGS ^ | NA
    A significant increase in magnitude 5+ earthquakes worldwide has occurred in the last 24 hours, especially in the area around Vanuatu Islands. A similar increase in 5+ earthquakes mainly near the east coast of Honshu, Japan, occurred prior to the magnitude 9.1 earthquake and resulting tsunami. MAP 5.0 2011/04/29 22:31:59 28.838 -113.088 10.5 GULF OF CALIFORNIA MAP 5.3 2011/04/29 22:19:33 38.915 141.932 51.3 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN MAP 5.1 2011/04/29 20:24:35 -3.502 100.614 29.8 KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA MAP 5.0 2011/04/29 16:00:41 -19.313 167.705 27.0 VANUATU REGION MAP 5.5 2011/04/29 13:12:46 21.182 121.980 176.7 TAIWAN REGION MAP...
  • Japanese volcano erupts

    03/13/2011 7:18:42 AM PDT · by KevinDavis · 194 replies
    Times Live ^ | 03/13/11
    A volcano in southwestern Japan erupted Sunday after nearly two weeks of relative silence, sending ash and rocks up to four kilometres (two and a half miles) into the air, a local official says. It was not immediately clear if the eruption was a direct result of the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked northern areas Friday, unleashing a fierce tsunami and sparking fears that more than 10,000 may have been killed.
  • Indonesia volcano erupts just hours after massive quake in Japan

    03/11/2011 11:53:39 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 59 replies
    (TheWeatherSpace.com) -- One of the most active volcanos in Indonesia has erupted, blasting lava and hot gas down the slopes. Mount Karangetang is located on Siau, part of the Sulawesi island chain. It erupted in August, killing four people. This mountain is along the "Ring of Fire, the volcano chain surrounding the Pacific Basin. The eruption took place hours after the Japan 8.9-magnitude Earthquake.
  • Residents look at Mount Bulusan spewing ash in Sorsogon province, south of Manila

    02/21/2011 1:59:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo Photos ^ | Reuters Photos
    Residents look at Mount Bulusan spewing ash in Sorsogon province, south of Manila, February 21, 2011. Mount Bulusan spewed a three-kilometer ash column covering several villages in the southwest, but the volcano's status remains at Alert Level 1, meaning the source of activity is hydrothermal and shallow, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. REUTERS/Stringer
  • Lightning and fire: Japan on alert after volcano's biggest eruption in 50 years

    01/27/2011 6:41:07 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 33 replies
    Daily Mail Reporter ^ | 3:59 PM on 27th January 2011
    A one-mile cordon has been established around a volcano on Mount Kirishima after it erupted scattering rocks and ash across southern Japan and sending smoke billowing 5,000ft into the air. The Meteorological Agency raised the volcanic alert to level 3 as ash today continued to spew from Shinmoedake on Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu, and residents have been banned from going within a mile of the volcano following its worst eruption in 50 years. Force of nature: Lightning strikes as Shinmoedake erupts, scattering ash and rocks across a wide swathe of southern Japan Ash and smoke continued to billow...
  • Japan: Volcano eruption prompts evacuation warning

    01/30/2011 8:42:47 PM PST · by quantim · 15 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Jan 30, 10:57 PM EST | ERIC TALMADGE
    TOKYO (AP) -- Officials urged more than 1,000 residents to seek safer ground on Monday and expanded a no-access zone around a volcano that has exploded back to life in southern Japan. The 4,662-foot (1,421-meter) Shinmoedake volcano erupted last week for the first time in 52 years. The volcano is located in a remote part of the Kirishima range on the southern Japan island of Kyushu. No injuries have been reported. On Monday, five days after it burst back to life, the volcano was still spewing a spectacular plume into the air, sending a blanket of ash out over a...
  • Thousands flee as long-sleepy Sumatra volcano erupts (The Earth has a fever, yaknow)

    08/29/2010 10:10:59 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/29/10 | Karima Anjani
    JAKARTA (Reuters) – Thousands of Indonesians were evacuated from the slopes of a volcano on Sunday after it erupted for the first time in more than 400 years, spewing out lava and sending smoke and dust 1,500 meters (5,000 feet) into the air. Mount Sinabung, in the north of the island of Sumatra, began erupting around midnight after rumbling for several days, prompting some villagers to panic before the mass evacuation got under way. Indonesia is on the so-called Pacific Rim of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and geological fault lines triggering frequent earthquakes around the Pacific Basin. The eruption...
  • 7.7 Earthquake Nicobar Islands, India region

    06/12/2010 1:08:54 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 58 replies · 2,347+ views
    The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a Tsunami warning for all areas of the Indian Ocean after a 7.7 earthquake struck Nicobar Islands India Region. A Tsunami Watch is in effect for India / Indonesia / Sri Lanka / Myanmar / Thailand / Malaysia. Officials say earthquakes of this size have the potential to generate a destructive local tsunami and sometimes a destructive regional tsunami along coasts located usually no more than a thousand kilometers from the earthquake epicenter. It says areas further from the epicenter could experience small sea level changes and strong or unusual coastal currents. It...
  • Argentina has 6.0 Earthquake per Foxnews

    02/27/2010 1:54:47 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 118 replies · 7,318+ views
    Foxnews TV ^ | 2/27/2010 | Staff
    2 killed so far.
  • 8.8 Earthquake in Chile [Update at #277]

    02/26/2010 11:01:09 PM PST · by dragnet2 · 1,957 replies · 73,522+ views
    On the radio KFI LA..
  • Magnitude 6.0 quake hits Guatemala coast: USGS

    01/18/2010 8:15:45 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 38 replies · 2,028+ views
    reuters ^ | Jan 18, 2010
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit Guatemala's Pacific coast near the border with El Salvador on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
  • Argentina hit by 6.3 magnitude earthquake after Haiti and Venezuela

    01/17/2010 6:06:09 AM PST · by timsbella · 136 replies · 6,593+ views
    San Fran Chronicle ^ | 17 Jan | Associated Press
    The latest news is a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Argentina after the 7.0 Haiti Earthquake and the 5.6 Venezuela Earthquake, and all less than a week.
  • Volcano Plume Sparks Eruption Concerns (Mount Mayon volcano in the Philippines)

    11/11/2009 8:27:11 AM PST · by JimSEA · 15 replies · 1,072+ views
    Sky News ^ | Wednesday November 11, 2009 | Joe Braidwood
    Mount Mayon volcano in the Philippines, which killed scores in an eruption 16 years ago, has spewed an ash plume leading to fears it may blow again.
  • Magnitude 7.9 - SAMOA ISLANDS REGION

    09/29/2009 11:12:31 AM PDT · by NY.SS-Bar9 · 88 replies · 4,051+ views
    USGS ^ | 9/28 | USGS
    Magnitude 7.9 Date-Time * Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 17:48:14 UTC * Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 06:48:14 AM at epicenter Location 15.554°S, 172.141°W Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program Region SAMOA ISLANDS REGION Distances * 199 km (124 miles) SSW (192°) from APIA, Samoa * 211 km (131 miles) SW (227°) from PAGO PAGO, American Samoa * 396 km (246 miles) NNE (30°) from Neiafu, Tonga * 2415 km (1501 miles) W (272°) from PAPEETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 11.9 km (7.4 miles); depth fixed by location program Parameters NST= 59, Nph= 59,...
  • Moderate earthquake rattles Venezuela's capital (Preliminary magnitude of 6.2 to 6.4)

    09/12/2009 4:13:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 1,222+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/12/09 | AP
    CARACAS, Venezuela – An earthquake rattled Venezuela's capital Saturday, but there were no reports of major damage or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey reported a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 for the quake, saying the epicenter was off Venezuela's Caribbean coast 65 miles (110 kilometers) west of Caracas. The head of Venezuela's seismological agency, Francisco Garces, put the quake at magnitude 6.2, followed by an aftershock registering 4.0.
  • Ring of fire: Indian Ocean to see solar eclipse

    01/24/2009 9:18:35 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 332+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/24/09 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) – A few lucky people in the Indian Ocean will be treated to a rare event on Monday when an annular solar eclipse will transform the Sun into a dark disc with a blazing ring-shaped corona around its rim. In solar eclipses, the Moon moves between the Sun and Earth, casting its shadow on the terrestrial surface. In an annular eclipse, a tiny shift in distance that results from celestial mechanics means the Moon does not completely cover the Sun's face, as it does in a total eclipse. Instead, for those directly under the alignment, the Moon covers...
  • Breaking News : Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake Hits Main Japanese Island of Honshu

    07/23/2008 9:03:08 AM PDT · by Scythian · 62 replies · 409+ views
    <p>Nothing but a headline at this point, but that's a big quake ...</p>
  • Multiple 5+ earthquakes on the western edge of the Ring of Fire

    06/01/2008 5:01:00 PM PDT · by null and void · 24 replies · 137+ views
    USGS/vanity ^ | 6/1/08 | null and void
    Eight in past week, two of which were in the past hour. Probably just a statistical artifact, but something for the rest of us living on other parts of the Ring of Fire to keep in mind...
  • Central Colombia hit by 5.6 magnitude earthquake

    05/24/2008 1:44:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 432+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/24/08 | Reuters
    BOGOTA (Reuters) - A shallow, 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit central Colombia on Saturday, shaking buildings in the capital, Bogota, and sending panicked residents into the streets, witnesses and the U.S. Geological Survey said. Authorities said there were no initial reports of injuries, but Bogota Mayor Samuel Moreno told local radio some buildings in the city were slightly damaged. "The report we have so far is that it was strong and some structures have suffered damage, but there is nothing to lament," Moreno said. One Bogota government building was evacuated after the quake sent a shower of bricks tumbling off one of...
  • Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano may erupt

    01/09/2008 6:54:40 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 2,969+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/09/08 | Gonzalo Solano - ap
    QUITO, Ecuador - Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano is poised for a major eruption, a volcanologist said Wednesday. Authorities last week evacuated 10 villages from its western slopes as a precaution. Patricia Mothes, a U.S. expert on volcanoes, said the 16,575-foot volcano, located 80 miles southeast of Quito, "is preparing to generate, in days or weeks, a great eruption." She said that could mean pyroclastic flows — blasts of volcanic material "that descend at high speeds and burn everything in their way." Tungurahua, which has been active since 1999, has been freeing a high level of energy since Dec. 22, Mothes told...
  • Volcano spews ash and rocks on Indonesia's Sulawesi (Also: Alaska Volcano)

    08/16/2007 3:22:23 AM PDT · by bd476 · 19 replies · 615+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 14, 2007
    Volcano spews ash and rocks on Indonesia's Sulawesi Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:51PM IST JAKARTA (Reuters) - A volcano on the northern tip of Indonesia's Sulawesi island has started spewing ash and rocks, gradually sending lava debris down its slopes, but no evacuation had taken place, an official said on Tuesday. Mount Soputan, 2,175 km northeast of the capital Jakarta, was no threat to the nearest village, located 11 km from its crater, even in the event of an actual eruption, said Saut Simatupang, head of Indonesia's Vulcanology Survey. "We have not raised its alert status to the maximum...
  • Earthquake Magnitude 6.7 - SOLOMON ISLANDS 2007 August 16 08:39:27 UTC

    08/16/2007 2:43:51 AM PDT · by bd476 · 64 replies · 1,632+ views
    USGS and NOAA ^ | August 16, 2007
    Magnitude 6.7 - SOLOMON ISLANDS 2007 August 16 08:39:27 UTC Earthquake Details Magnitude 6.7 Date-Time Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 08:39:27 UTC Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 07:39:27 PM at epicenter Location 9.715°S, 159.335°E Depth 1.8 km (1.1 miles) (poorly constrained) Region SOLOMON ISLANDS Distances 75 km (45 miles) WSW of HONIARA, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands 185 km (115 miles) SW of Auki, Malaita, Solomon Islands 185 km (115 miles) S of Dadali, Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands 2070 km (1290 miles) NNE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 13 km (8.1 miles); depth +/- 87.8 km (54.6 miles)...
  • Magnitude 6.9 - ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA

    08/01/2007 8:39:40 PM PDT · by Brian Mosely · 48 replies · 1,818+ views
    Magnitude 6.9 - ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA <!-- .map{ padding:10px 10px 10px 10px; width:120px; float:left; display:block; height:175px; text-align:center; } <p> .map a { text-decoration:none; } --> 2007 August 2 03:21:46 UTC Details Maps Where can I find...? Earthquake Details Magnitude 6.9 Date-Time Thursday, August 2, 2007 at 03:21:46 (UTC) = Coordinated Universal Time Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 6:21:46 PM = local time at epicenter Location 51.358°N, 179.929°W Depth 48.1 km (29.9 miles) Region ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA Distances 234 km (146 miles) WSW (257°) from Adak, AK 404 km (251 miles) W (259°) from Atka, AK2132...
  • Check it out (Truth = Stranger Than Fiction Alert)

    03/21/2007 10:34:56 AM PDT · by IN Farm Girl · 8 replies · 530+ views
    Elkhart (IN) Truth ^ | March 21, 2007 | Check it out writer
    Check it out "Ring of Fire" Vaginal Birth After Cesarean support group meets at 6:30 p.
  • Volcano wipes out 3 villages in Ecuador - Mt. Tungurahua

    08/17/2006 11:39:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 4,928+ views
    WPVI-TV ^ | 8/17/06 | AP
    QUITO, Ecuador - August 17, 2006 - A volcanic eruption in Ecuador's Andes mountains destroyed three villages, killed at least one man and left more than 60 others missing, the mayor of a village on the volcano's slope said Thursday. One body was recovered after the overnight eruption of lava from Tungurahua, in the country's high Andes, and four others were believed to be under the rubble, Penipe Mayor Juan Salazar said. Salazar told Channel 4 television that the villages of Chilibu, Choglontuz and Palitagua "no longer exist. Everything is wiped out." "This is an indescribable catastrophe," Salazar said. "The...
  • Phillipine Volcano 'Set To Erupt'

    08/07/2006 6:57:05 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 3,605+ views
    BBC ^ | 8-7-2006
    Philippine volcano 'set to erupt' Mayon is the most active volcano in the Philippines The Philippine authorities have ordered the evacuation of about 35,000 people living near a volcano, saying an eruption could take place soon. The alert was raised to four - the second highest level - following increased activity at Mount Mayon, in the centre of the country. It has been rumbling since February and started emitting lava in mid-July. Mayon is the most active volcano in the Philippines, having erupted about 50 times in the past 400 years. People living in the region watched with alarm early...
  • Thousands flee Indonesian volcano

    07/28/2006 1:28:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 45 replies · 2,200+ views
    Thousands flee Indonesian volcano Jakarta, Indonesia 28 July 2006 09:50 More than 3 000 villagers have fled the area around a volcano in eastern Indonesia after it started blasting out hot gas and lava, officials said on Friday. Saut Simatupang, a senior vulcanologist, told Reuters the alert status for Mount Karangetan on Siau island was now at maximum. "There is a hot gas cloud as far as 2,5km from the southern or south-eastern parts of the volcano. Since it [the cloud] is near to villagers' homes we have upgraded it to the top alert status," he said. The official said...
  • Ecuador volcano buries farms in ash; 'ready to boil over': expert - Tungurahua

    07/17/2006 8:31:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 368+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/17/06 | AFP
    QUITO (AFP) - Tungurahua, a volcano in southern Ecuador, erupted for a fourth day, burying thousands of farms in ash and threatening to "boil over" and dump lava on a nearby town, officials said. Explosions were heard for days, said Geophysical Institute engineer Pablo Samaniego, who compared the volcanic activity to a "pot of milk waiting to boil over at any moment". Lava threatens to run downhill, toward Banos, with 15,000 residents, he said. "This has happened before and could affect Banos," he said. "The town will have to make its decisions" on whether to evacuate," he said. So far,...
  • Thousands flee as Ecuador volcano erupts - Mt. Tungurahua

    07/16/2006 7:51:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 3,007+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/16/06 | AP
    QUITO, Ecuador - Thousands of Ecuadorean villagers have fled their homes on the slopes of the Tungurahua volcano since it began erupting lava and toxic gases, authorities said Saturday. No injuries have been reported, but some 3,700 people have abandoned their homes in half a dozen hamlets since Friday, the Civil Defense said. "There have been no victims, but all the vegetation has died and we have lost cattle," said Juan Salazar, mayor of Penipe County, which includes two villages where 300 families have been forced to evacuate. In May, the volcano, located 85 miles south of the capital of...
  • Philippines braces for deadly storm-volcano combination - Bulusan

    06/25/2006 9:10:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 456+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/25/06 | AFP
    MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines have put civil defense personnel on alert for possible deadly volcanic mudflows as a tropical storm began bearing down on a volcano that has been spitting ash for weeks. Just before she left for a visit to Europe, President Gloria Arroyo said the civil defense office had prepared contingency measures in case rain from the storm mixes with ash on the slopes of Bulusan volcano to form deadly mudflows. Arroyo said two C-130 cargo planes, eight helicopters including the presidential helicopter and a train were ready to travel to the Bicol peninsula south of Manila...
  • Two men found dead on Indonesian volcano - Mount Merapi

    06/15/2006 8:38:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 427+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/15/06 | Niniek Karmini - ap
    MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia - Two men who sought shelter from erupting Mount Merapi in an emergency bunker on the fiery slopes of the volcano were found dead Friday, officials said. The men fled to the steel shelter on Wednesday while they helped to evacuate a village during a burst of volcanic activity. The bunker was later covered with up to 6 feet of red-hot debris. Soldiers in fire-retardant clothing reached the men after digging through the debris with shovel and backhoes, said Widi Sutikno, head of volcano relief operations. "The bodies were burned because of the hot temperatures in the...
  • Two trapped after Indonesia volcano erupts - Mount Merapi

    06/14/2006 8:11:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 378+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/14/06 | Robert Kennedy - ap
    MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia - Rescuers dug through volcanic debris Thursday to reach two people trapped when Indonesia's most volatile volcano erupted, nearly enveloping a village with a searing gas cloud and forcing thousands of residents to flee. The eruption Wednesday came just a day after officials lowered the alert level and people returned to the homes around Mount Merapi. "The situation is ... life-threatening," said Yousana Siagian, head of the government's Vulcanology and Disaster Mitigation Center, after the alert level for Mount Merapi was raised to its highest status again and it dumped thick ash on scores of houses. On...
  • Indonesia downgrades Mount Merapi alert (from 'beware' to 'standby')

    06/13/2006 9:02:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 173+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/13/06 | Bhimanto Suwastoyo
    MOUNT MERAPI (AFP) - Indonesia has downgraded its top alert on Mount Merapi volcano as scientists said they no longer believe an eruption is imminent. Merapi -- whose name means "Mountain of Fire" -- was put on red alert on May 13 and its activity has fluctuated since then. It has declined substantially since Friday when part of a lava dome forming at its peak collapsed. "The activity status of Merapi is downgraded from 'beware' to 'standby' as of June 13, 2006, at 11:00 am," said Yousana Siagian, head of the vulcanology office in West Java's Bandung, in a statement....
  • Volcano's lava dome partially collapses - Mount Merapi

    06/12/2006 9:20:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 675+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/12/06 | Robert Kennedy - ap
    MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia - Mount Merapi's unstable lava dome has partially collapsed, easing pressure that threatened to make the Indonesian volcano erupt. However, the mountain remains as the "highest possible alert," volcanologist Antonius Ratdomopurbo said on Monday. "We should know within two days whether we can lower the (alert) level," Ratdomopurbo said. The mountain has been venting steam and debris for weeks, but its lava dome swelled after a powerful May 28 earthquake, raising concerns the dome could suddenly collapse, sending scalding gas, rocks and debris hurtling into populated areas. A huge, superheated cloud, the largest this year, brought down...
  • Writethru: Indonesia's Merapi volcano erupts

    06/07/2006 10:27:49 PM PDT · by Daralundy · 9 replies · 520+ views
    Hot clouds again billowed down the slope of Mount Merapi Thursday morning over a distance of five kilometers in the direction of the upper reach of Gendol River, thus burning down northern part of Kaliadem forest area in the district of Sleman, Yogyakarta. The volcano erupted more than 10 times from 06:00 to 09:00 Thursday morning. Eruption of hot air had lasted for 25 minutes since 07:20 (0020 GMT). Such a long distance of hot clouds moving down from the mount's crater burning some forest areas in Kaliadem, but no casualty was reported in the disaster, official news agency Antara...
  • Thousands more evacuate as Indonesia's Merapi menaces

    06/05/2006 10:57:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 301+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/5/06 | AFP
    JAKARTA (AFP) - Thousands of people have evacuated from the slopes of Indonesia's menacing Mount Merapi as lava flows spread further around the slopes of the volcano, officials have said. The volcano was put on red alert -- indicating a feared imminent eruption -- on May 13 but residents have been particularly nervous since a deadly earthquake rocked the region 10 days ago. A natural ridge formed by an eruption early in the last century and known as Geger Boyo which had so far helped contain larger lava flows to the southwest and west of the mountain has collapsed, they...
  • Indonesian volcano spews lava, hot clouds - Mount Merapi

    06/03/2006 2:33:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 539+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/3/06 | En-Lai Yeoh - ap
    BANTUL, Indonesia - The Mount Merapi volcano spewed lava and hot clouds Saturday and a strong aftershock hit the region, sending fear rippling through the southern Indonesian area devastated by an earthquake only a week ago. The mountain's lava dome has swelled in the past week to 330 feet, raising fears that it could collapse, said Subandriyo, a government scientist who uses one name. That could release a highly dangerous pyroclastic flow — a fast-moving burst of high-temperature gases and rock fragments that burns anything in its path. More than a thousand aftershocks have hit the region since the 6.3-magnitude...