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2006-08-10 07:42:36

LEGAZPI, Philippines -- A volcano in the Philippines spewed ash Wednesday after the amount of gas coming from the crater dropped suddenly, worrying experts that something had blocked the flow of magma and could cause a bigger eruption. A drop in sulfur dioxide emissions in the 8,077-foot Mayon volcano could indicate that pressure is building up for an explosive eruption, said Renato Solidum, director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. "Either something is stuck there...

2006-08-09 02:10:00

By Darren Whiteside LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines -- Scientists and villagers in the shadow of a churning volcano in the central Philippines fear Wednesday's full moon could finally spark a violent eruption. Volcanologists have warned that Mount Mayon, in the province of Albay, could explode at any time but that the gravitational pull of a full moon could provide the final push. "To put it in a simple way, it's like it massages a volcano," Ernesto Corpuz, head of monitoring and eruption...

2006-08-08 03:00:00

By Joseph Agcaoili LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines -- Philippine soldiers appealed to reluctant villagers to leave their homes and farms near a shuddering volcano on Tuesday, as more intense seismic activity raised the risk of a violent eruption. Disaster officials in the central province of Albay were trying to move 35,000 people from an 8-km (5-mile) danger zone on the southeast flank of Mount Mayon. The most active of the country's 22 volcanoes has been belching ash and lava since July, and the...

2006-08-07 22:35:00

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - The Philippines pushed for the faster evacuation of thousands of people near a shuddering volcano on Tuesday, but some were reluctant to leave their homes and farms despite the risk of an imminent eruption. Disaster officials in the central province of Albay were trying to move 35,000 people from an 8-km (5-mile) danger zone on the southeast flank of Mount Mayon. The most active of the country's 22 volcanoes has been belching ash and lava since July. But...

2006-08-07 03:40:00

By Karen Lema MANILA -- The Philippine government evacuated thousands of villagers from around the Southeast Asian country's most active volcano on Monday after warning the rumbling mountain could explode at any time. Mount Mayon, in the central province of Albay, has been spewing ash and boulders the size of cars since July, pushing a four-storey-high wall of lava more than 6 km (4 miles) down its southeastern slope. "This morning we recorded at least six small explosions and this signifies...

2006-08-06 20:42:54

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines raised the alert on its most active volcano to the second-highest level on Monday and ordered the evacuation of around 20,000 people after three ash explosions signaled a possible eruption within days. Mayon volcano in the central Philippines has been spewing lava and boulders the size of cars since last month, leaving a bubbling, pyrotechnic trail more than 6 km (4 miles) down its southeastern slope. "We deem it necessary to raise the alert level...

2006-07-20 01:20:00

By Bobby Ranoco LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines -- Clouds of ash and smoke sent panic through villagers living around a rumbling volcano in the central Philippines on Thursday, but experts said the alert level remained moderate. Mount Mayon, the most active of 22 volcanoes in the Southeast Asian country, began spewing lava, ash and rocks the size of cars last week, prompting volcanologists to raise the alert level to 3 on a 1-5 scale. The government has told 4,000 people to evacuate a danger zone...

2006-07-15 19:42:35

By Alonso Soto PINGUE, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spewed ash, gas and molten rock for a second day on Saturday, driving hundreds of evacuated villagers into nearby schools and churches in search of refuge. Tungurahua, located about 80 miles south of Quito, has been increasingly active since May, when it blew out big clouds of hot gas and prompted officials to renew a limited state of emergency in nearby towns. Civil defense authorities and police continued to...

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2006-07-15 16:07:57

MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. -- For all the talks interpretive guide Nick Racine has given to visitors about this volcano, standing on the crater rim and watching as the mountain pumps out tons of rock in its own rebirth left him nearly speechless. "Holy cow, it's incredible," said Racine, who is normally assigned to the Johnston Ridge Observatory on the other side of the volcano. "It's hard to describe." Racine joined a group of rangers, scientists and journalists in a five-hour ascent of...

2006-07-14 22:09:35

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spewed ash, gases and molten rocks on Friday, forcing authorities to evacuate four nearby villages after the crater registered its most volatile activity since a 1999 eruption. Tungurahua, located about 81 miles south of Quito, has been increasingly active since May when it shot out large clouds of hot gas and prompted officials to renew a limited state of emergency in nearby towns. Civil defense authorities ordered evacuations...


Latest Stratovolcanoes Reference Libraries

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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