Latest Volcanic eruptions News

Indonesian leader visits eruption survivors, vows to rebuild

Dec. 07, 2021 08:13 AM EST

LUMAJANG, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s president on Tuesday visited areas devastated by a powerful volcanic eruption that killed at least 34 people and left thousands homeless, and vowed that communities would be quickly rebuilt. Clouds of hot ash shot high into the sky and an...

27 still missing after Indonesia volcanic eruption kills 22

Dec. 06, 2021 08:22 AM EST

SUMBERWULUH, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers dug out the body of a 13-year-old boy with their bare hands on Monday, as improved weather condition allowed them to resume their search for bodies after the highest volcano on Java island erupted with fury, killing at least 22 people and leaving 27...

Indonesian rescuers dig through volcanic ash after 14 die

Dec. 05, 2021 09:46 AM EST

LUMAJANG, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers were sifting through smoldering debris and thick mud in search of survivors a day after the highest volcano on Java island erupted with fury, killing at least 14 people with searing gas and ash. Mount Semeru in Lumajang district in...

Death toll rises to 13 in Indonesia volcano eruption

Dec. 05, 2021 00:35 AM EST

LUMAJANG, Indonesia (AP) — 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. ...

Island turns into open-air lab for tech-savvy volcanologists

Dec. 02, 2021 03:23 AM EST

LAS MANCHAS, Canary Islands (AP) — They come with eagle-eyed drones and high-precision instruments. Aided by satellites, they analyze gas emissions and the flows of molten rock. On the ground, they collect everything from the tiniest particles to “lava bombs” the size of watermelons...

Volcanic lava threatens church, more homes on La Palma

Dec. 01, 2021 11:38 AM EST

LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands (AP) — A fresh river of lava from the volcano on Spain’s La Palma island threatened Wednesday to engulf a parish church that has so far survived the eruption that shows no signs of relenting after 10 weeks. The nearest lava flow...

Winds whip up volcanic ash from 1912 eruption in Alaska

Nov. 17, 2021 22:36 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — 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...

Pompeii dig yields rare window on daily life of enslaved

Nov. 06, 2021 12:23 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Archeologists in Pompeii excavating a villa amid the ruins of the 79 A.D. volcanic eruption that destroyed the ancient city have discovered a cramped dormitory and storage room that offers “a very rare insight into the daily life of slaves,” officials said Saturday. ...

Ash from erupting volcano forces Spanish islanders indoors

Nov. 03, 2021 08:19 AM EDT

SANTA CRUZ DE LA PALMA, Canary Islands (AP) — Authorities on the Spanish island of La Palma are telling people who live near an erupting volcano to stay indoors because of a heavy fall of ash that has forced the cancellation of flights and school classes. The Cumbre...

Banana farmers lose livelihoods as lava devours La Palma

Nov. 02, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

LAS MANCHAS DE ABAJO, Canary Islands (AP) — His home went first. Then the house his father built. Then the lottery stand and hardware store he owned succumbed. Lastly, Antonio Álvarez had to watch as lava from a volcanic eruption slowly devoured the remaining pillar of...