Latest Volcanic eruptions News

Deep undersea earthquake widely felt in Indonesia, no damage

Jul. 6, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A deep undersea earthquake hit off the coast of Indonesia’s main island of Java on Tuesday, but no injuries or serious damage were reported. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake measured 6.6 magnitude and was centered about 94 kilometers (58 miles) north of...

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 April 15, 2019, file photo, the elite men break from the start of the 123rd Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass. The 2020 Boston Marathon, which was rescheduled to run on Sept. 14th, was canceled Thursday May 28, 2020 for the first time in its 124-year history due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)

Boston Marathon canceled for 1st time in 124-year history

May. 28, 2020 8:20 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Organizers canceled the Boston Marathon on Thursday for the first time in its history, bowing to the social distancing requirements of the coronavirus outbreak and ending a 124-year run that had persisted through two World Wars, a volcanic eruption and even another pandemic. The race, which...

Colleen and Marvin Hewson, from the United States, visit the archaeological site of Pompeii, near Naples, southern Italy, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The American couple waited a lifetime plus 2 ½ months to visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii together. For Colleen and Marvin Hewson, the visit to the ruins of an ancient city destroyed in A.D. 79 by a volcanic eruption was meant to be the highlight a trip to celebrate his 75th birthday and their 30th anniversary. They were among the only tourists present when the archaeological site reopened to the public on Tuesday after the national lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

US couple waits 2 1/2 months in lockdown to visit Pompeii

May. 26, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

POMPEII, Italy (AP) — An American couple waited a lifetime plus 2 ½ months to visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii together. Colleen and Marvin Hewson, retirees from Michigan, were first in line when the archaeological site reopened to the public Tuesday following Italy's coronavirus lockdown. Their...

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...