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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...
Volcano erupts near Manila; airport shut, villagers flee

Volcano erupts near Manila; airport shut, villagers flee

Technology
A small volcano near the Philippine capital that draws many tourists for its picturesque setting in a lake has erupted with a massive plume of ash and steam, prompting thousands of people to flee and officials to shut Manila’s international airportBy AARON FAVILA and JIM GOMEZ Associated PressJanuary 12, 2020, 2:30 PM4 min readTAGAYTAY, Philippines -- A small volcano near the Philippine capital that draws many tourists for its picturesque setting in a lake erupted with a massive plume of ash and steam Sunday, prompting thousands of people to flee and officials to shut Manila’s international airport. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said Taal Volcano in Batangas province south of Manila blasted steam, ash and pebbles up to 10 to 15 kilometers (6 to 9 miles) into the s

Eruption of Aleutian volcano intensifies; warning renewed

Technology
The National Weather Service has issued a renewed warning for aircraft passing by a volcano that erupted in Alaska's Aleutian IslandsBy DAN JOLING Associated PressJanuary 7, 2020, 10:02 PM3 min readANCHORAGE, Alaska -- An eruption at a volcano in Alaska's Aleutian Islands has intensified and the National Weather Service has renewed a warning for passing aircraft. Shishaldin Volcano erupted at 5 a.m. Tuesday, the Alaska Volcano Observatory announced, and sent up an ash cloud to 23,000 feet (7,010 meters). Shortly after 12:30 p.m., the observatory announced the eruption had continued and the ash cloud had reached 27,000 feet (8,230 meters). Wind continued to push the cloud northeast into the eastern Bering Sea and away from jet airliners flying between North America and Asia. The eruption w...