Latest Vulcanology News

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...

EPA fines Hawaii County for missing sewage plan deadline

Nov. 11, 2021 16:12 PM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined Hawaii County $28,500 for failing to develop a plan to replace large capacity cesspools in Kau with a wastewater treatment plant. The EPA required all large capacity cesspools to close by 2005 but a...

China says moon rocks offer new clues to volcanic activity

Oct. 19, 2021 06:22 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Moon rocks brought back to Earth by a Chinese robotic spacecraft last year have provided new insights into ancient lunar volcanic activity, a researcher said Tuesday. Li Xianhua said an analysis of the samples revealed new information about the moon’s...

Lava flow from Spanish island volcano likened to a tsunami

Oct. 15, 2021 05:56 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The second 4.5 magnitude earthquake in two days rattled the Spanish island of La Palma on Friday, officials said, as scientists described a gushing river of molten rock from an erupting volcano as “a true lava tsunami.” The two quakes were the...

Spanish volcano eruption shuts airport, area still 'tense'

Oct. 07, 2021 06:41 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The airport on the Spanish island of La Palma shut down again Thursday due to ashfall from a volcano that has been erupting for almost three weeks. Scientists said the course of the eruption was unpredictable. It settled down in recent days, but the...

EXPLAINER: What Kilauea’s history tells us about its future

Sep. 30, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Kilauea, one of the most active volcanos on Earth, began erupting on Hawaii’s Big Island Wednesday. The eruption is not in an area with homes and is entirely contained within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Officials said increased earthquake activity...

Volcanic ash cloud closes La Palma airport; new vent emerges

Sep. 25, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The airport on the Spanish island of La Palma shut down Saturday because of an ash cloud spewing out of a volcano that has been erupting for a week, and scientists said another volcanic vent opened up, exposing islanders to possible new dangers. The...

Spanish volcano still packs a punch 5 days after eruption

Sep. 24, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

TODOQUE, Canary Islands (AP) — A volcano in Spain’s Canary Islands kept nerves on edge Friday for a fifth day since it erupted, producing loud explosions, a huge ash cloud and cracking open a new fissure that spewed out more fiery molten rock. The archipelago’s...

Lava spread raises fears of more damage on Spanish island

Sep. 23, 2021 12:07 PM EDT

TODOQUE, Canary Islands (AP) — The advance of lava from a volcanic eruption on one of Spain’s Canary Islands has slowed significantly, raising fears Thursday that the molten rock might fan out further in coming days and wreak more destruction instead of just flowing out into the sea. ...

EXPLAINER: Wide dangers ahead for Spanish volcanic island

Sep. 22, 2021 02:54 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A small Spanish island in the Atlantic Ocean is struggling days after a volcano erupted, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people, and authorities are warning that more dangers from the explosion lie ahead. Here is a look at the volcanic eruption on...