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2010-08-30 10:50:00

A volcano in western Indonesia that has been dormant for more than 400 years erupted for the second straight day Monday, blasting hot ash more than a mile into the air and forcing the evacuation of 30,000 people in the region. Many villagers living along the slopes of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province wore masks as they packed up and headed to emergency shelters and churches, said Andi Arief, presidential advisor on disaster. Homes and crops around the area were covered in ash and...

2008-05-29 18:18:34

Researchers from The University of British Columbia and McGill University have simulated in the lab the process that can turn ordinary volcanic eruptions into so-called "supervolcanoes." The study was conducted by Ben Kennedy and Mark Jellinek of UBC's Dept. of Earth and Ocean Sciences, and John Stix of McGill's Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Their results are published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience. Supervolcanoes are orders of magnitude greater than any volcanic...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
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