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Expert says major eruption in Papua New Guinea could be soon

Expert says major eruption in Papua New Guinea could be soon

Technology
Seismic activity beneath a Papua New Guinea volcano could mean that a major eruption was imminent, a scientist said Thursday. Thousands of people have been evacuated from islands surrounding Kadovar Island off the South Pacific nation's north coast since a volcano there began erupting on Jan. 5, spouting ash. Flights nearby have been canceled due to the risk posed by ash plumes and ships were warned to stay away from the island. Steve Saunders, principal geodetic surveyor at the Rabaul Volcano Observatory in Papua New Guinea, said seismic activity had recently increased beneath the volcano. "The reason we're getting activity is probably because new magma is moving up from deeper down," Saunders told Australian Broadcasting Corp. Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has said state resources were b...
Dramatic video of Ecuadorian volcano's eruption released

Dramatic video of Ecuadorian volcano's eruption released

World
Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A British photographer captured time-lapse video of Ecuador's Reventador volcano spewing lava and ash.The dramatic video in the Amazonian Andes mountains by Dr. Richard Roscoe was produced over three days as the volcano erupted earlier this month. The volcano -- its name means "troublemaker" -- is in a remote corner of the Cayembe Copa Ecological Reserve, an Ecuadorian national park, and local communities are not regarded as at risk.Geologists say Reventador is proceeding through an explosive phase, the BBC reported on Wednesday.It last erupted in 2002, causing damage to a nearby valley and its infrastructure.Let's block ads! (Why?) World News - UPI.com
Volcanic eruption in Japan spreads ash in 4 cities, towns

Volcanic eruption in Japan spreads ash in 4 cities, towns

Technology
A volcano in southwestern Japan is erupting for the first time in six years, spewing ash over nearby farms, cities and towns. Japanese broadcaster TBS showed elementary school students wearing helmets and masks Thursday on the way to their school at the foot of the Shinmoedake volcano. Residents also described hearing rumbles from the volcano and ash fell in at least four cities and towns in Miyazaki prefecture. Street cleaners swept ash from city streets, and farmers used leaf blowers to clear the growing piles of ash from the tops of their plastic greenhouses. The volcano on the border of Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures started erupting Wednesday for the first time in six years. On Thursday, an ash plume rose 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) from the crater, the Japan Meteorological Agency ...