Latest Volcanic eruptions News

Federal budget does not fund volcano debris dam, monitoring

Feb. 13, 2020 6:39 PM EST

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — The annual federal budget does not fund a request to raise the height of a dam in Washington state to stop debris flow from the Mount St. Helens eruption, county officials said. President Donald Trump's annual budget proposal does not include money to raise the Toutle River sediment...

Lava tube in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park may soon reopen

Jan. 30, 2020 9:43 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Thurston Lava Tube in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park could reopen within a month if a final repair project is successful, an official said. A park spokeswoman said the tube will be reopened to the public after a nearby restroom facility is restored to working order, The Hawaii...

In this undated photo released by the New Zealand Police, Pratap

Volcano victims were well-known Indian Americans in Atlanta

Jan. 30, 2020 3:46 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An American husband and wife have now both died from injuries suffered in a New Zealand volcanic eruption, authorities said Thursday, leaving behind twin 6-year-old girls and an 11-year-old boy. Pratap Singh battled for 50 days before dying from his burns on Jan. 28, police...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, plumes of steam rise above White Island off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand. Another person who suffered critical injuries from an eruption of the New Zealand volcano last month has died, bringing the death toll to 21, police said Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

Death toll from New Zealand volcanic eruption rises to 21

Jan. 29, 2020 3:58 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Another person who suffered critical injuries from an eruption of a New Zealand volcano last month has died, bringing the death toll to 21, police said Wednesday. Police Deputy Commissioner John Tims said the person died Tuesday night at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital. Police...

In this Jan. 21, 2020, handout photo provided by the Office of Civil Defense, Taal volcano emits small amounts of ash in Batangas province, southern Philippines. The government will no longer allow people to live on the crater-studded island that's home to the volcano. (Office of Civil Defense via AP)

Philippine volcano alert lowered, thousands return home

Jan. 26, 2020 12:51 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities on Sunday lowered the alert level at Taal Volcano, two weeks after it began spewing ash, steam and rocks, a move that will allow many of the more than 376,000 displaced villagers to return home. A popular tourist destination just south of Manila because of...

This photo released Thursday Jan. 23, 2020 by Herculaneum press office in Naples, southern Italy, shows a fragment of brain material of a victim incinerated by the ancient blast of Mount Vesuvius, and turned into glass. Officials at the Herculaneum archaeology site said this is the first time that the phenomenon has been verified from a volcanic eruption. (Herculaneum press office via AP)

Mount Vesuvius blast turned ancient victim's brain to glass

Jan. 23, 2020 9:12 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — The eruption of Mount Vesuvius turned an incinerated victim's brain material into glass, the first time scientists have verified the phenomenon from a volcanic blast, officials at the Herculaneum archaeology site said Thursday. Archaeologists rarely recover human brain tissue, and when they...

Volcano smoke rises 5 miles above southern Alaska island

Jan. 20, 2020 2:59 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Smoke has risen miles above a volcano on one of the Aleutian Islands, the Alaska Volcano Observatory said. Lava flowed down the side of Shishaldin Volcano on Unimak Island Saturday and smoke rose more than 5 miles (8 kilometers) high Sunday, Anchorage Daily News reports. The...

A woman walks along a park covered in volcanic-ash at a town near Taal volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines on Sunday Jan. 19, 2020. Philippine officials said Sunday the government will no longer allow villagers to return to a crater-studded island where an erupting Taal volcano lies, warning that living there would be

Philippines looks for safer homes for volcano residents

Jan. 19, 2020 9:03 PM EST

TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government will no longer allow people to live on the crater-studded island that's home to the erupting Taal volcano, with officials warning that living there would be “like having a gun pointed at you." The simmering volcano has ejected smaller ash plumes...

A roof covered with volcanic ash shows a sign

Philippine volcano simmers, officials brace for long crisis

Jan. 18, 2020 5:36 AM EST

AGONCILLO, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials said Saturday they're bracing for a long crisis whether the Taal volcano erupts more disastrously or simmers precariously for weeks or months, as massive numbers of displaced villagers languish in emergency shelters. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III...

Two men walk near burning tires set on fire by anti-government protesters during ongoing protests after weeks of calm in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Protesters blocked several roads around the capital and in other areas on Tuesday in renewed rallies, after a brief hiatus, against the ruling elite who have failed to address the economy's downward spiral. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

PHOTO GALLERY: A selection of pictures from the past week

Jan. 18, 2020 4:00 AM EST

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes a woman waiting for evacuation from an area near the erupting Taal Volcano in...