Latest Volcanoes News

New vents open up, lava surges from Spanish island's volcano

Nov. 28, 2021 10:36 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Several new volcanic vents have opened up on the Spanish island of La Palma, releasing new lava that is speeding down a ridge and threatening to widen the damages on evacuated land, roads and homes, authorities said Sunday. The molten rock coming out from...

El Salvador to build cryptocurrency-fueled "Bitcoin City"

Nov. 21, 2021 11:18 AM EST

LA LIBERTAD, El Salvador (AP) — In a rock concert-like atmosphere, El Salvador President Nayib Bukele announced that his government will build an oceanside “Bitcoin City” at the base of a volcano. Bukele used a gathering of Bitcoin enthusiasts Saturday night to...

Winds whip up volcanic ash from 1912 eruption in Alaska

Nov. 17, 2021 22:36 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Volcano scientists issued an alert Wednesday, warning that a cloud of ash — from an eruption more than century ago — was headed toward Alaska’s Kodiak Island. The ash is from the powerful 1912 eruption of Novarupta, a volcano on the Alaska...

Officials destroy $3 million worth of pot on WA farms

Nov. 11, 2021 14:46 PM EST

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — About 13,000 pounds of marijuana valued at around $3 million was destroyed this week outside of three adjoining Touchet, Washington, cannabis farms accused of growing more than allowed by state law. The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reports...

Spain: Volcanic island's banana growers get a lift from navy

Nov. 11, 2021 09:23 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish Navy has started helping farmers on the volcanic island of La Palma to reach their lava-surrounded banana plantations by sea, Spain's Defense Ministry said on Thursday. A scale 5 earthquake overnight offered a reminder that the eruption on the...

AP PHOTOS: A slow motion burial awaits in volcano no-go zone

Nov. 04, 2021 04:08 AM EDT

CUMBRE VIEJA EXCLUSION ZONE, Canary Islands (AP) — A child’s swing. A fountain in a courtyard. A tray of glasses abandoned under the duress of escape. All will disappear as a blizzard of dark ash blows from a volcano on La Palma island and drifts to the ground inch by inch, foot by foot. ...

Ash from erupting volcano forces Spanish islanders indoors

Nov. 03, 2021 08:19 AM EDT

SANTA CRUZ DE LA PALMA, Canary Islands (AP) — Authorities on the Spanish island of La Palma are telling people who live near an erupting volcano to stay indoors because of a heavy fall of ash that has forced the cancellation of flights and school classes. The Cumbre...

Banana farmers lose livelihoods as lava devours La Palma

Nov. 02, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

LAS MANCHAS DE ABAJO, Canary Islands (AP) — His home went first. Then the house his father built. Then the lottery stand and hardware store he owned succumbed. Lastly, Antonio Álvarez had to watch as lava from a volcanic eruption slowly devoured the remaining pillar of...

With no sign of eruption's end, ash blankets La Palma island

Oct. 31, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands (AP) — A volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma that has been erupting for six weeks spewed greater quantities of ash from its main mouth Sunday, a day after producing its strongest earthquake to date. Lava flows descending...

Kilauea still spurting lava, 1 month into latest eruption

Oct. 29, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Lava continues to pour out of Kilauea's summit crater, one month after the latest eruption began at the Hawaii volcano. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said Friday lava was emerging from a single vent inside Halemaumau Crater. The eruption is contained...