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Indonesia's Semeru volcano erupts, spews huge ash cloud

Dec. 04, 2021 06:27 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The highest volcano on Indonesia’s most densely populated island of Java spewed thick columns of ash high into the sky on Saturday, triggering panic among people living nearby. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Mount Semeru’s...

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...

New vents open up, lava surges from Spanish island's volcano

Nov. 28, 2021 10:36 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Several new volcanic vents have opened up on the Spanish island of La Palma, releasing new lava that is speeding down a ridge and threatening to widen the damages on evacuated land, roads and homes, authorities said Sunday. The molten rock coming out from...

El Salvador to build cryptocurrency-fueled "Bitcoin City"

Nov. 21, 2021 11:18 AM EST

LA LIBERTAD, El Salvador (AP) — In a rock concert-like atmosphere, El Salvador President Nayib Bukele announced that his government will build an oceanside “Bitcoin City” at the base of a volcano. Bukele used a gathering of Bitcoin enthusiasts Saturday night to...

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...

Officials destroy $3 million worth of pot on WA farms

Nov. 11, 2021 14:46 PM EST

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — About 13,000 pounds of marijuana valued at around $3 million was destroyed this week outside of three adjoining Touchet, Washington, cannabis farms accused of growing more than allowed by state law. The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reports...

Spain: Volcanic island's banana growers get a lift from navy

Nov. 11, 2021 09:23 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish Navy has started helping farmers on the volcanic island of La Palma to reach their lava-surrounded banana plantations by sea, Spain's Defense Ministry said on Thursday. A scale 5 earthquake overnight offered a reminder that the eruption on the...

AP PHOTOS: A slow motion burial awaits in volcano no-go zone

Nov. 04, 2021 04:08 AM EDT

CUMBRE VIEJA EXCLUSION ZONE, Canary Islands (AP) — A child’s swing. A fountain in a courtyard. A tray of glasses abandoned under the duress of escape. All will disappear as a blizzard of dark ash blows from a volcano on La Palma island and drifts to the ground inch by inch, foot by foot. ...

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...