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Volcanic blast reshaped summit of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung

Volcanic blast reshaped summit of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung

Technology
The eruption of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung that shot ash 5 kilometers (3 miles) high also blew away much of the mountain's summit. Before and after images from Indonesia's Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation show an enormous chunk missing from the peak, which it called "completely annihilated." Volcanologist Devy Kamil Syahbana said Tuesday that the chunk, known as the "lava dome," had a volume of at least 1.6 million cubic meters (56.5 million cubic feet). The volcano in North Sumatra, which has been active since 2010 after centuries of dormancy, erupted explosively on Monday morning. Hot ash clouds rolled down its slopes, traveling as far as 4.9 kilometers from the crater, and ash reached Lhokseumawe, a city more than 260 kilometers (162 miles) to the northwest. No-o...
Swiss freestyle ski team having a blast with Olympics antics

Swiss freestyle ski team having a blast with Olympics antics

Sports
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Switzerland's freestyle ski team is having a blast at the Winter Olympics and have the videos to prove it.The team's official Instagram account includes several videos of some of the stunts they have pulled off in Pyeongchang, South Korea during the Winter Games. One video featured two team members riding a pallet jack down a ramp, pretending to be the Jamaican bobsled team from Cool Runnings."You don't see the Swiss team fighting, do you? You don't see the Swiss team drinking and carrying on and such. And you don't see the Swiss team smiling neither," the @swissfreeski account posted last week on Instagram.On Monday, the team posted an even crazier stunt. Swiss skier Fabian Bösch went up to an escalator and held the moving railing with his right hand. He let the escalator
'Offensive,' 'shocking,' 'shameful': World leaders blast Trump's 's—hole' remarks

'Offensive,' 'shocking,' 'shameful': World leaders blast Trump's 's—hole' remarks

World
World condemnation came quickly today after President Donald Trump's remarks calling Haiti and other African countries "s---hole countries" Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, characterized the remarks as "racist." "This isn't just a story about vulgar language, it's about opening the door to humanity's worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia," he told reporters at a briefing in Geneva Friday. "If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States." In an Oval Office meeting at the White House Thursday, Trump grew frustrated at a proposed bipartisan immigration plan that would scale back the visa lottery program, but not eliminate it, asking those in the...
Man dies after Stockholm metro station blast

Man dies after Stockholm metro station blast

World
A man has died and a woman been injured after an explosion outside a metro station in Stockholm.Police spokesman Sven-Erik Olsson said witnesses saw the man, in his 60s, pick up an object off the ground "which promptly exploded".He died after being taken to hospital and a 45-year-old woman also suffered minor wounds to her face and both legs.The Expressen and Aftonbladet newspapers said the device was a hand grenade, but that has not been confirmed."It is too early to say," Mr Olsson said. "Technicians are still working on it."Nothing indicates that the (injured) couple were targeted."More from WorldMr Olsson added that it did not appear to have been an act of terrorism.The Varby Gard station, in the Huddinge residential district in southwest Stockholm, was closed off for investigation.Let...
3 astronauts blast off for International Space Station

3 astronauts blast off for International Space Station

Technology
A capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States has blasted off for a two-day trip to the International Space Station. The Soyuz capsule with Anton Shkaplerov, Norishige Kanai and Scott Tingle launched at 1:23 p.m. (0723 GMT; 2:23 a.m. EST) Sunday from Russia's manned space-launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. It entered orbit nine minutes later. It is the first space flight for Tingle and Kanai; Shkaplerov is on his third mission to the ISS. The capsule is to dock on Tuesday with the orbiting space laboratory. The three will join Russia's Alexander Misurkin and Joe Acaba and Mark Vandde Hei of NASA, who have been aboard since September.Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: Technology