Latest Volcanoes News

Costs to repair road damage from Hawaii volcano set at $82M

Mar. 11, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Hawaii County agreed on an $82 million damage assessment to be used to repair roads inundated by lava during a massive volcanic eruption. Hawaii County announced that its agreement with the federal government under FEMA’s Public...

People wait at a bus stop, in Rome, Monday, March 9, 2020. Italy announced a sweeping quarantine early Sunday for its northern regions, igniting travel chaos as it restricted the movements of a quarter of its population in a bid to halt the new coronavirus' relentless march across Europe. (Roberto Monaldo/LaPresse via AP)

Correction: Virus Outbreak-The Latest story

Mar. 10, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — In a story March 9, 2020, about the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the globe, The Associated Press erroneously reported that there were confirmed cases in Guadeloupe, one of France's overseas territories. A French official says there are currently no proven cases of the virus in the Guadeloupe...

The Latest: Australia bans travel from S Korea over virus

Mar. 4, 2020 10:19 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on the virus outbreak (all times local): 10:20 a.m. Australia has banned travel from South Korea and will more thoroughly screen travellers from Italy in a bid to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. The travel ban from late Thursday follows similar bans on travel from China...

A man watches as Mount Merapi spews volcanic material into the air in Sleman, Indonesia, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Indonesia's most active volcano erupted Tuesday, spewing sand and pyroclastic material and sending massive smoke-and-ash column into the sky. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)

Indonesia's most active volcano erupts, spews ash into sky

Mar. 3, 2020 3:08 AM EST

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s most active volcano erupted Tuesday, spewing sand and pyroclastic material and sending a massive column of smoke and ash as high as 6,000 meters (19,680 feet) into the sky. The eruption of Mount Merapi on the main island of Java unleashed searing gas clouds 2...

FILE - In this June 18, 2013 file photo, high wire performer Nik Wallenda practices in Sarasota, Fla. Wallenda will traverse the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Nik vs. the volcano: How Wallenda is prepping for new stunt

Mar. 2, 2020 3:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Intense heat, poisonous gasses, molten lava — the conditions for Nik Wallenda’s latest tightrope walk are downright hellish, and that’s just the way he wants it. Wallenda will traverse the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua on Wednesday in a stunt that he says will go on, no...

Man finds two suspected bombs while on hike in Hawaii

Feb. 22, 2020 6:17 PM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — An adventurer in Hawaii found two suspected unexploded military bombs while hiking on the Big Island. Kona resident and adventure television host Kawika Singson discovered the bombs while exploring the lava fields of Mauna Loa last week, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Saturday....

Federal budget does not fund volcano debris dam, monitoring

Feb. 13, 2020 6:39 PM EST

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — The annual federal budget does not fund a request to raise the height of a dam in Washington state to stop debris flow from the Mount St. Helens eruption, county officials said. President Donald Trump's annual budget proposal does not include money to raise the Toutle River sediment...

Biologists say bears more active than usual this winter

Feb. 8, 2020 11:48 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A bounty of late autumn foods and warm temperatures is keeping some of Vermont's bears awake during the winter months they would normally be hibernating, biologists say. So Vermont bear biologist Forrest Hammond is urging people to avoid disturbing bears or providing them any food....

In this Jan. 25, 2020 photo released by Galapagos National Park shows park workers inspecting a tortoise near Wolf Volcano on Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. The National Park announced on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 that an expedition to the foothills of the highest active volcano in the Galapagos Islands located a young female tortoise and she is a direct descendant of a giant tortoise species considered extinct. (Tui De Roy/Galapagos National Park via AP)

Descendants of extinct tortoise species found in Galapagos

Feb. 1, 2020 12:37 PM EST

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Conservationists working around the largest volcano on the Galapagos Islands say they have found 30 giant tortoises partially descended from two extinct species, including that of the famed Lonesome George. The Galapagos National Park and Galapagos Conservancy said Friday that a young...

Lava tube in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park may soon reopen

Jan. 30, 2020 9:43 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Thurston Lava Tube in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park could reopen within a month if a final repair project is successful, an official said. A park spokeswoman said the tube will be reopened to the public after a nearby restroom facility is restored to working order, The Hawaii...