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Alaskan volcano eruption triggered Rome’s transition from republic to empire

Alaskan volcano eruption triggered Rome’s transition from republic to empire

Science
June 23 (UPI) -- Ancient ice cores suggest a giant volcanic eruption in what's now Alaska set off a series of climatic shocks that sowed economic disruption and political upheaval across the Mediterranean during the middle of the 1st century B.C. In the wake of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C., Rome's power brokers jockeyed for control as the Roman Republic disintegrated and the Roman Empire emerged. Several hundred miles to the Southeast, Cleopatra's attempt to restore Egypt to its former glory was complicated by failed floods, famine and disease. Advertisement To better understand how ancient climate change influenced the trajectory of this turbulent period of history, researchers analyzed paleoclimatic, archaeological and historical records. When scientists compared their ...
Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano shoots ash, lava

Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano shoots ash, lava

Technology
Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano has spewed a column of ash 1,640 feet into the sky in the longest eruption since the explosive collapse of the island caused a deadly tsunami in 2018By EDNA TARIGAN Associated PressApril 11, 2020, 1:30 PM1 min read1 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleJAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano spewed a column of ash 500 meters (1,640 feet) into the sky in the longest eruption since the explosive collapse of the island caused a deadly tsunami in 2018, scientists said Saturday. Closed-circuit TV from Indonesia's Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation showed lava flares Friday night. The agency said that the volcano was continuously erupting until Saturday morning. A level 2 alert status remained in pl
Philippines looks for safer homes for volcano residents

Philippines looks for safer homes for volcano residents

World
Philippine officials say the government will no longer allow villagers to return to a crater-studded island where erupting Taal volcano liesBy AARON FAVILA and JIM GOMEZ Associated PressJanuary 19, 2020, 10:10 PM4 min readTAGAYTAY, Philippines -- Philippine officials said Sunday the government will no longer allow villagers to return to a crater-studded island where an erupting volcano lies, warning that living there would be “like having a gun pointed at you." Taal volcano has simmered with smaller ash ejections in recent days after erupting on Jan. 12 with a gigantic plume of steam and ash that drifted northward and reached Manila, the capital, about 65 kilometers (40 miles) away. While the volcano remains dangerous, with large numbers of local villagers encamped in emergency shelters,
Philippine volcano still ‘life threatening’ despite lull

Philippine volcano still ‘life threatening’ despite lull

Technology
A Philippine official says an erupting volcano remains life threatening despite weaker emissions of steam and ash and fewer tremorsBy AARON FAVILA and JIM GOMEZ Associated PressJanuary 17, 2020, 7:34 AM3 min readTAGAYTAY, Philippines -- An erupting Philippine volcano remains life threatening despite weaker emissions and fewer tremors, an official said Friday and advised thousands of displaced villagers not to return to the danger zone. The Taal volcano emitted weaker ash and steam explosions Thursday and Friday, the sixth day of its eruption. But despite the seeming lull, continuing volcanic quakes, the drying of the crater lake and other signs indicate magma is moving beneath, said Maria Antonia Bornas, an official with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. “When there
Philippine volcano trembles more, spews lava half-mile high

Philippine volcano trembles more, spews lava half-mile high

Technology
A volcano near the Philippine capital is spewing lava half a mile high and trembling with earthquakes constantly as tens of thousands of people flee villages darkened and blanketed by heavy ashBy JOEAL CALUPITAN and JIM GOMEZ Associated PressJanuary 14, 2020, 10:05 AM4 min readTAGAYTAY, Philippines -- A volcano near the Philippine capital spewed lava into the sky and trembled constantly Tuesday, possibly portending a bigger and more dangerous eruption, as tens of thousands of people fled villages darkened and blanketed by heavy ash. Government work was suspended and schools were closed in a number of towns and cities, including Manila, because of the health risks from the ash. Hundreds of flights were canceled of delayed, affecting tens of thousands of passengers. The continuous restivene...