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Guatemala On Alert After Fuego Spews Lava And Ash
2012-05-21 07:04:36

Guatemalan authorities raised an alert after the country´s most active volcano, Fuego, began spewing lava and columns of ash into the air at around 2:45 a.m. (0745 GMT) on May 19. Fuego, which overlooks the tourist hotspot of Antigua, shot ash 16,400 feet into the air and spewed lava 1,300 feet high and up to 3,280 feet long, according to a statement by Guatemala´s National Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology Institute. The disaster agency´s David de Leon...

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2009-01-22 09:06:30

When volcanoes erupt, pinpointing the regions at high risk for lethal hazards and deciding whether or not to evacuate a resistant population comprise the most difficult problems faced by hazards managers. Now a team of volcanologists has a program that maps potential problem areas quickly, taking much of the guesswork out of decision making and evacuations. "We wanted to be able to predict the areas affected by pyroclastic flows from volcanoes," said Christina Widiwijayanti, post-doctoral...

2008-06-25 15:02:34

By WINDER, Virginia This article was written by a contributor. It is not to be reproduced without permission from the Taranaki Daily News and charges may be incurred. ---------------- IT could be happening right now, this moment, as cloudbursts turn the mountain into a torrent. A rain- triggered lahar may be forming, ready to slow- roar down the slopes in a tumble of rock, sand, water and shingle. This is all part of the ongoing erosion highlighted on the front page of the Taranaki...

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2005-12-09 07:05:00

AMBAE ISLAND, Vanuatu -- A volcano pumping a huge plume of gas, steam and ash into the atmosphere from a crater ringed with dead trees is unlikely to explode in a devastating eruption, a vulcanologist said Thursday, bringing applause from anxious islanders. About half of Ambae Island's 10,000 inhabitants have fled their huts built on Mount Manaro's jungle-covered slopes, and four ships are anchored offshore ready to evacuate the rest if necessary. But as he watched seismological readings on...

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2005-05-17 07:20:00

ORTING, Wash. (AP) -- In the shadow of Mount Rainier in Washington, people go about their lives - going to shop, going to school, going to work. One day, though, the routine will be broken by a rumble that sounds like a thousand freight trains. If all works accordingly, sirens will alert the 4,400 residents that they have less than 45 minutes to evacuate - or be buried by an avalanche of mud and debris tumbling off the flank of the 14,411-foot volcano. Scientists know Mount Rainier will...


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2014-08-28 11:14:31

Nevado del Ruiz, also known as La Mesa de Herveo, is an active stratovolcano that is located along the border of the Colombian territories, or departments, of Caldas and Tolima. It reaches an elevation of 17,457 and is shaped like a cone. This volcano is protected within Los Nevados National Natural Park, along with many other volcanoes, and it is a popular tourist destination. Winter activities like skiing are conducted here as well as hiking and fishing. Nevado del Ruiz is part of the...

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