Latest Volcanoes News

Volcanic materials spew from the crater of Mount Semeru in Lumajang, East Java, Indonesia, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Indonesian authorities are closely monitoring several volcanoes after sensors picked up increased activity in recent weeks, prompting the evacuation of thousands of people. (AP Photo)

Thousands flee as activity in Indonesian volcanoes increases

Dec. 1, 2020 3:12 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities are closely monitoring several volcanoes after sensors picked up increased activity in recent weeks, prompting the evacuation of thousands of people. Hot ash tumbled as far as 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) down the slopes of Mount Semeru early Tuesday,...

WorkSafe Chief Executive Phil Parkes talks to media in Wellington, New Zealand Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. New Zealand authorities have filed safety violation charges against 10 organizations and three individuals after a volcanic eruption at White Island last year killed 22 people. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

New Zealand files 13 safety charges after volcano killed 22

Nov. 30, 2020 3:04 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand authorities filed safety violation charges on Monday against 10 organizations and three individuals after a volcanic eruption at White Island last year killed 22 people. The island had been a popular tourist destination before the Dec. 9 eruption. But many people...

Volcano in eastern Indonesia erupts, thousands evacuated

Nov. 29, 2020 7:56 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted Sunday, sending a column of ash as high as 4,000 meters (13,120 feet) into the sky and prompting the evacuation of thousands of people. Nearly 2,800 people from at least 28 villages were evacuated from the slopes of Mount Ili Lewotolok, which...

The casts of what are believed to have been a rich man and his male slave fleeing the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago, are seen in what was an elegant villa on the outskirts of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii destroyed by the eruption in 79 A.D., where they were discovered during recents excavations, Pompeii archaeological park officials said Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Parco Archeologico di Pompei via AP)

Bodies of man and his slave unearthed from ashes at Pompeii

Nov. 21, 2020 12:16 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Skeletal remains of what are believed to have been a rich man and his male slave attempting to escape death from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago have been discovered in Pompeii, officials at the archaeological park in Italy said Saturday. Parts of the skulls and bones of...

FILE - In this May 11, 2018, file photo, villagers walk along a road Mount Merapi is seen in the background in Pemalang, Central Java, Indonesia. Indonesian authorities are raising the danger level for the volatile Mount Merapi volcano on densely populated Java island and ordering a halt to tourism and mining activities. (AP Photo/Agung Nugroho, File)

Evacuation begins as Indonesia's most active volcano rumbles

Nov. 6, 2020 4:39 AM EST

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities began evacuating people living on the volatile Mount Merapi volcano’s fertile slopes on Friday following an increase in volcanic activity. The head of Yogyakarta’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center, Hanik Humaida, warned...

A farmer walks on his field as Mount Merapi is seen in the background in Sleman, Indonesia, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Indonesian authorities raised the danger level for the volatile Mount Merapi volcano on the densely populated island of Java on Thursday and ordered a halt to tourism and mining activities. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)

Indonesia raises volcano threat level, sets no-go-zone

Nov. 5, 2020 5:29 AM EST

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities raised the danger level for the volatile Mount Merapi volcano on the densely populated island of Java on Thursday and ordered a halt to tourism and mining activities. Indonesia’s geological agency raised Merapi’s alert level, which had been...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019, file photo, a silverback mountain gorilla named Segasira walks in the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. These large vegetarian apes are generally peaceful, but as the number of family groups in a region increases, so does the frequency of gorilla family feuds, according to a new study published Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in the journal Science Advances. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

A crowded mountain can make silverback gorillas more violent

Nov. 4, 2020 2:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gorillas are highly sociable animals – up to a point. A crowded mountain can make silverbacks more violent, scientists say. Mountain gorillas spend most of their time sleeping, chomping leaves and wild celery stalks, and grooming each other’s fur with long, dexterous...

Women take pictures of an area destroyed by a deadly landslide in Nejapa, El Salvador, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. The slide occurred Thursday night when earth from the upper part of the San Salvador volcano was set in motion, sweeping up trees and homes. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

Rain-fueled landslide in El Salvador kills 9; 1 missing

Oct. 30, 2020 11:01 PM EDT

NEJAPA, El Salvador (AP) — A landslide left nine people dead, seven injured and one missing after torrential rains in El Salvador, civil defense officials said Friday. The slide occurred Thursday night when earth from the upper part of the San Salvador volcano was set in motion, sweeping up trees and homes...