Latest Volcanic eruptions News

Hawaii geothermal plant can restart without further review

Sep. 25, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health determined the state’s only geothermal power plant does not need an additional environmental review in its ongoing effort to restart after the facility was shut down by a volcanic eruption. Puna Geothermal Venture is in the review process for a...

Hawaii councilors accuse county of slow volcano recovery

Sep. 21, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii County Council members have accused the county's administrators of a slow response in enacting programs to assist the public's recovery from the Kilauea volcanic eruption two years ago. A meeting of the council’s Committee on Governmental Relations and Economic Development...

This Aug. 20, 2010 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows the lava dome named Novarupta marks the 1.2 mile (2 km) wide vent of the 1912 Novarupta-Katmai eruption. While western U.S. states were suffering from hazy red skies from wildfires, Alaska was dealing with an air quality problem born a century ago. Strong southerly winds picked up loose ash from a 1912 volcanic eruption, sending an ash cloud about 4,000 feet into the sky. (Peter Kelly/U.S. Geological Survey via AP)

Winds kick up century old volcanic ash in Alaska

Sep. 15, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — While western U.S. states were suffering from hazy red skies from wildfires, Alaska was dealing with an air quality problem born a century ago. Strong southerly winds picked up loose ash from a 1912 volcanic eruption, sending an ash cloud about 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) into the...

Slovenia's Primoz Roglic wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey and Slovenia's Tadej Pogacar ride during the stage 13 of the Tour de France cycling race over 191 kilometers from Chatel-Guyon to Puy Mary, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Roglic imperial on Tour de France Stage 13 won by Martinez

Sep. 11, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

PUY MARY, France (AP) — The slow-burning fight for the Tour de France's yellow jersey erupted in earnest on the remains of a once-giant volcano on Friday, with race leader Primoz Roglic using its punishing slopes to grow his overall lead. Glancing up the final climb that reared skyward ahead, Roglic told...

Hawaii geothermal plant plans to be back online in September

Sep. 9, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s only geothermal power plant is nearly ready to begin producing electricity again following delays in rebuilding the facility that was partially destroyed by lava two years ago, company officials said. Puna Geothermal Venture plans to restart operations by the end of...

Mount Sinabung spews volcanic materials during an eruption, in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific

Indonesia's Sinabung volcano spews new burst of hot ash

Aug. 23, 2020 12:29 AM EDT

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — A rumbling volcano in western Indonesia on Sunday unleashed an avalanche of scorching clouds down its slopes. Authorities are closely monitoring Mount Sinabung on Sumatra, one of Indonesia’s main islands, after sensors picked up increasing activity in past weeks. The volcano...

Strong and deep undersea earthquake shakes eastern Indonesia

Aug. 21, 2020 1:11 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong, deep undersea earthquake shook eastern Indonesia on Friday, but no damage has been reported. The 6.9 magnitude earthquake was centered more than 627 kilometers (389 miles) under the sea, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Deeper quakes tend to cause less damage at...

2 strong earthquakes shake western Indonesia; no tsunami

Aug. 18, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Two powerful and shallow undersea earthquakes shook western Indonesia on Wednesday, causing panic but no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.8 earthquake occurred at a depth of 22 kilometers (13.6 miles) under the sea. It was...

Mount Sinabung spews volcanic materials into the air as it erupts, in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. The rumbling volcano erupted Monday, sending a column of volcanic materials a few thousands meters into the sky. Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific

Indonesia's Sinabung volcano ejects towering column of ash

Aug. 10, 2020 3:36 AM EDT

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's rumbling Mount Sinabung erupted Monday, sending a column of volcanic materials as high as 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the sky and depositing ash on villages. Falling grit and ash accumulated up to 5 centimeters (2 inches) in already abandoned villages on the...

Crowds, illegal gear threaten Oregon's pristine Crate Lake

Aug. 9, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The clean, clear waters of Crater Lake National Park are being threatened by contamination brought in by visitors after the coronavirus pandemic spurred sharp cutbacks in park staffing. Crater Lake Superintendent Craig Ackerman said he's concerned visitors are ignoring signs prohibiting...