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Philippine villagers brace as volcano grows restive

Jun. 24, 2020 7:30 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine villagers near a restive volcano on a central island are bracing for possible evacuations that would require physical distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic, an official said Wednesday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said it detected...

Mount Merapi spews volcanic materials during an eruption as seen from Sleman, Indonesia, Sunday, June 21, 2020. The country's most volatile volcano on Sunday spewed ash and hot gas in a massive column as high as 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) into the sky. Indonesia, an archipelago of 270 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity because it sits along the Pacific

Indonesia's most volatile volcano spews ash in new eruption

Jun. 21, 2020 1:36 AM EDT

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s most volatile volcano on Sunday spewed ash and hot gas in a massive column as high as 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) into the sky. Mount Merapi's clouds of ash, accompanied by a rumbling sound heard kilometers (miles) away, blanketed several villages on the main...

Strong earthquake shakes eastern Indonesia; no casualties

Jun. 4, 2020 6:20 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A powerful undersea earthquake shook eastern Indonesia on Thursday, causing panic but no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The 6.7 magnitude quake at a depth of 107 kilometers (66 miles) rattled North Halmahera district in North Maluku province. It was centered 89...

FILE - In this Thursday, May 14, 2020, file photo, guests peer through the closed gate to Universal's Islands of Adventure beside Universal CityWalk, in Orlando, Fla. Universal Orlando is aiming to reopen its theme parks in early June, a resort official said Thursday, May 20, more than two months after the company joined crosstown rival Disney World in closing the gates to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)

Universal Orlando to begin phased reopening June 5

May. 22, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Universal Orlando Resort will begin a phased reopening on June 5, nearly three months after closing down because of the coronavirus pandemic, the company announced Friday. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis approved the reopening plan Friday with the recommendation of Orange County Mayor Jerry...

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park begins phased trail reopening

May. 22, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has opened for limited use as the attraction begins a phased reopening plan following its closure because of the coronavirus. Several trails and roads were reopened to the public Wednesday, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported. The reopened areas include...

FILE - In this May 18, 1980, file photo, Mount St. Helens sends a plume of ash, smoke and debris skyward as it erupts.  May 18, 2020, is the 40th anniversary of the eruption that killed more than 50 people and blasted more than 1,300 feet off the mountain's peak. (AP Photo/Jack Smith, File)

Virus interrupts St. Helens eruption anniversary plans

May. 18, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

COUGAR, Wash. (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak disrupted what had been big plans to mark the 40th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington state. The peak in the Cascade Mountain Range blew its top on May 18, 1980, killing 57 people, blasting more than 1,300 feet (396 meters) off the...

Lava from 2018 Hawaii eruption still cooling, scientists say

May. 18, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption is still cooling down and estimated to be only halfway cooled, scientists said. The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said cooled exterior lava has insulated deeper areas of the lava flow, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald...

Hawaii geothermal power plant pushes back relaunch date

May. 15, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii’s only geothermal power plant announced it will push back the restart of commercial operations to the fourth quarter of 2020. Parent company Ormat Technologies Inc. said Puna Geothermal Venture is expected to restart in the fourth quarter of this financial year, running...

Increased Hawaii seismic activity not considered a danger

May. 14, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — An increase in seismic activity around the youngest Hawaii volcano poses no immediate danger to the Big Island, geologists said. The U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said more than 100 earthquakes were detected around Loihi Seamount between Monday and Tuesday, The...

Hawaii town wounded by eruption suffering again under virus

May. 8, 2020 9:27 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii mountain town that suffered serious economic damage from a volcanic eruption has been wounded by another natural disaster as the coronavirus hits its livelihood. The small community of Volcano on the Big Island was shut down for months following the May 2018 eruption of...