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Mass of Marine Rock Afloat Off New Zealand

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The New Zealand air force has spotted a mass of volcanic rock nearly the size of Belgium afloat in the Pacific about 1,000 kilometers northeast of Auckland. Witnesses say the strange phenomenon, first spotted Thursday, resembles a polar ice shelf and is made up of golf ball-size lightweight pumice expelled from an underwater volcano. Authorities […]

Dormant 115 Years, New Zealand Volcano Unexpectedly Blows

Posted August 7th, 2012 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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A volcano on New Zealand’s North Island has erupted for the first time in over 115 years, creating a thick cloud of ash that disrupted regional travel and prompted nearby residents to stay indoors Tuesday. After having lied dormant since 1897, Mount Tangariro unexpectedly erupted late Monday, sending a wall of ash over 6,000 meters […]

Dormant 115 Years, New Zealand Volcano Unexpectedly Blows

Posted August 7th, 2012 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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A volcano on New Zealand’s North Island has erupted for the first time in over 115 years, creating a thick cloud of ash that disrupted regional travel and prompted nearby residents to stay indoors Tuesday. After having lied dormant since 1897, Mount Tangariro unexpectedly erupted late Monday, sending a wall of ash over 6,000 meters […]

Mexico Volcano Erupts, Spews Ash

Posted April 20th, 2012 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano erupted Friday morning, sending a cloud of ash towering into the sky southeast of the nation’s capital. Mexico’s National Disaster Prevention Center posted images on its website of the plume rising from the 5,450-meter volcano. Authorities raised the alert level for the volcano earlier this week due to increased activity. But so […]

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DR Congo Provides Nighttime Trip to Erupting Volcano

Posted November 18th, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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A national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo has become an attraction for tourists willing to spend a night for a chance to see an active volcano. For $300, tourists can take an hour-long drive from Goma to Virunga National Park, and take a long hike to a tented camp set up about 1.5 […]

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Underwater Volcano Threatens Canary Islands

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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An underwater volcanic eruption threatens one of the Canary Islands and led to the evacuation of some residents. Officials said Tuesday at least 500 people from the small coastal town of La Restinga on El Hierro island were relocated as a precaution. Experts said the initial underwater eruption was not visible and could not be […]

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Ash Spews From Mexican Volcano

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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A volcano south of Mexico City spewed ash more than one kilometer into the air four times Tuesday. The Mexican national disaster prevention agency says the ash from the Popocatepetl volcano could fall over Mexico City early Wednesday. The disaster agency is encouraging residents to stay a minimum of 12 kilometers from the crater. There […]

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Volcanic Ash Stops Flights in Argentina and Uruguay

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Ash from Chile’s Puyehue volcano grounded flights until at least Wednesday at airports in the capitals of Uruguay and Argentina. Located in the Andes Mountains, the Puyehue volcano has been causing air travel nightmares since early June. The volcanic eruption has taken a toll on local economies. Airline analyst Helane Becker reported worldwide airline industry […]

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Indonesian Volcano Continues to Erupt

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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A volcano in central Indonesia continued to erupt on Monday, a day after it unleashed its most powerful eruption in weeks. Vulcanologists said Mount Lokon on northern Sulawesi island erupted twice within a half-hour period Monday afternoon. On Sunday, the mountain shot ash and debris 3,500 meters into the air. There were no reports of […]

Indonesian Volcano Becomes More Violent

Posted July 17th, 2011 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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A volcano in central Indonesia that has been spitting ash, rocks and smoke for a week, unleashed its most powerful eruption yet on Sunday, sending panicked villagers racing back to emergency shelters. Vulcanologists said the eruption of Mount Lokon on northern Sulawesi island shot ash and debris 3,500 meters into the air. There were no […]

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