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2007-06-13 09:10:00

Japan's majestic peak is also home to tons of discarded trash. FUJIKAWAGUCHI, Japan -- If you look up from the forests at the foot of Japan's Mount Fuji, the volcano's graceful slopes rise into the distance and peak in a nearly symmetrical, snowcapped cone. If you look down in the forests, however, you see something much less elegant: trash. Lots of it. Just below the surface of leaves and topsoil are discarded microwave ovens, construction debris, broken office furniture. Even rusting...

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2007-04-18 17:08:48

NEIVA, Colombia -- Thousands of people were evacuated after a long-dormant volcano erupted late Tuesday and again early Wednesday, provoking avalanches and floods that swept away houses and bridges. The Nevado del Huila volcano's eruptions were its first on record since Colombia was colonized by the Spanish 500 years ago. There are about 10,000 people living in the area around the volcano, and about 3,500 had been evacuated, Luz Amanda Pulido, director of the national disaster office, told...

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2007-04-10 14:51:37

Scientists using NASA satellite data have found strong evidence that a major earthquake can lead to a nearly immediate increase in regional volcanic activity. The intensity of two ongoing volcanic eruptions on Indonesia's Java Island increased sharply three days following a powerful, 6.4-magnitude earthquake on the island in May 2006. The increased volcanic activity persisted for about nine days. "During this period, we found clear evidence that the earthquake caused both volcanoes to...

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2006-12-17 11:10:00

By CHARLES J. HANLEY, AP Special Correspondent NARO MORU, Kenya - Rivers of ice at the Equator "” foretold in the 2nd century, found in the 19th "” are now melting away in this new century, returning to the realm of lore and fading photographs. From mile-high Naro Moru, villagers have watched year by year as the great glaciers of Mount Kenya, glinting in the equatorial sun high above them, have retreated into shrunken white stains on the rocky shoulders of the 16,897-foot peak....

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2006-10-11 09:40:00

In June 1912, Novarupta -- one of a chain of volcanoes on the Alaska Peninsula -- erupted in what turned out to be the largest blast of the twentieth century. It was so powerful that it drained magma from under another volcano, Mount Katmai, six miles east, causing the summit of Katmai to collapse to form a caldera half a mile deep. Novarupta also expelled three cubic miles of magma and ash into the air, which fell to cover an area of 3,000 square miles more than a foot deep. Despite the fact...

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2006-10-02 17:22:14

BILBAO, Ecuador -- On a once-lush landscape made wasteland overnight by the Tungurahua volcano, five members of the Meneses family raised picks and hoes in unison to strike at ash-encrusted earth. The land looks like concrete and is almost as hard. The Meneses returned home to replant their crops, only to find it takes backbreaking work just to crack a furrow in the hardened gray shell. "I am not giving in," said Antonio Meneses, sprinkling a neat row of corn kernels into one narrow crack....

2006-09-02 09:40:22

OLVESTON, Montserrat (AP) - Montserrat's Soufriere Hills volcano blasted ash and steam into the air on Thursday, and authorities warned the Caribbean island could see heightened activity in coming days. The eruption did not affect the northern side of the island, where all of Montserrat's 5,000 residents live, but the Montserrat Volcano Observatory raised the alert status. "The volcano is extremely active," observatory director Sue Loughlin. Thurday's blasts sounded like jets flying over...

2006-08-18 15:49:25

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Rescuers on Friday searched for four people believed buried under rocks spewed by Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano, which forced thousands from their homes and killed one man in an eruption a day earlier. Thousands of villagers fled on Thursday after molten rock and ash enveloped homes in several farming hamlets tucked in at the foot of the volcano. Tungurahua, which means "throat of fire" in native Quichua language and is located 80 miles south of the capital...

2006-08-17 18:30:00

By Alonso Soto QUITO, Ecuador -- Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spewed molten rock on Thursday that enveloped nearby houses, leaving one man dead, another person missing and forcing thousands from their homes. Massive clouds of ash descended on villagers fleeing the area with their belongings strapped to their backs and their livestock trailing behind. Some wore buckets over their heads for protection. "At the moment we know of one dead, one missing and 12 people injured who are now out of...

2006-08-17 12:25:16

NYERI, Kenya (Reuters) - Rescuers have found the body of a U.S. tourist who died on Mount Kenya in heavy snow, the Kenya Wildlife Service said on Thursday. Some 50 officers spent three days searching for the 29-year-old who was found between two peaks. KWS said it found identification documents indicating the man was student. "The tourist was climbing down the mountain when he lost direction due to heavy snow. And we only recovered his body on Wednesday," Simon Gitau, KWS officer in...


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Jabal al-Tair Island
2014-04-10 11:56:15

Jabal al-Tair Island, known by many other names including Tair Island and Jebel Teir, is a volcanic island that is located in the Red Sea and is under the jurisdiction of Yemen. It reaches an elevation of 801 feet and is about 1.9 miles in length. The island is comprised of Jabal al-Tair, a stratovolcano that was considered extinct in 1982, although it erupted in 2007. In 1900, the British Admiralty described the volcano as having a steep, conical shape, making it a good landmark for ships...

Askja
2014-04-09 16:13:20

Askja is an active stratovolcano that is located in the isolated central highlands in Iceland. It reaches an elevation of 4,974 feet and its name literally means caldera, or box, in the Icelandic language. The area can only be reached during a period of a few months and because it located in the rain shadow of the Vatnajökull glacier to the northeast, it only receives 17.7 inches of rain per year. One of Askja’s smaller craters holds a lake known as Öskjuvatn, which is often frozen over...

Volcán Tacaná
2014-04-09 11:04:28

Volcán Tacaná, also known as Volcán Tacina in Mexico, the Tacaná Volcano, or simply Tacaná, is an active stratovolcano that is located in the San Marcos Department of Guatemala and in the Cacahoatán and Unión Juárez Municipalities of Chiapas, a Mexican state. It reaches an elevation of 13,320 feet and is part of the Central America Volcanic Arc. It is one of many volcanoes in the Central American Core volcanic chain, which helps support diverse and sensitive ecosystems. Volcán...

Santa María Volcano
2014-04-09 10:58:40

Santa María Volcano is an active stratovolcano that is located in Guatemala and is part of the Sierra Madre, a string of volcanoes that stretches across the western side of Guatemala. The volcanoes in this string were formed by subduction activity, when the Cocos Plate moved under the Caribbean Plate. An eruption in 1902 produced a crater that now holds a lava dome known as Santiaguito, which was created during another eruption in 1922. These domes hold active vents and in 1929, part of the...

Mount Kerinci
2014-04-08 13:32:05

Mount Kerinci, known by many other names including Gunung Kerinci, Berapi Kurinci, and Peak of Indrapura, is an active stratovolcano that is located in Indonesia on the island of Sumatra. It reaches an elevation of 12,484 feet, making it the tallest volcano in Indonesia, and is located within Kerinci Seblat National Park. This volcano features fifteen lakes, the largest of which are Kerinci Lake and Gunung Tujuh Lake. The summit holds a deep crater that is sometimes slightly filled by a...

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