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Etna volcano wakes up in Italy producing quakes, column of ash

Etna volcano wakes up in Italy producing quakes, column of ash

Science
Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The Mount Etna volcano, the highest in activity in Europe and one of the most active in the world, woke up Monday morning producing intense seismic activity and producing a cloud of ash visible from several miles away. The activity started at 8:50 a.m. local time and just in the first three hours there were nearly 130 earthquakes, according to a statement from the Italian Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology. The earthquakes were accompanied by the emission of a dark cloud of ash, it added. Authorities have issued a yellow alert but are monitoring the activity, Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera reported. The nearby airport of Catania functioned throughout the day without problems other than one hour of flight interruptions, during the afternoon, the newspaper re...
Fears of new Indonesia tsunami as Anak Krakatau volcano seethes

Fears of new Indonesia tsunami as Anak Krakatau volcano seethes

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device Coastal residents near Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano have been warned to keep away from beaches amid fears it could trigger a new tsunami.On Saturday, giant waves crashed into coastal towns on the islands of Sumatra and Java, killing at least 222 people and injuring 843.It is thought that volcanic activity set off undersea landslides which in turn generated the killer waves.Anak Krakatau was erupting again on Sunday, spewing ash and smoke.Video shot from a charter plane captured the magnitude of the event in the Sunda Strait, between Sumatra and Java. President Joko Widodo has expressed his sorrow for the victims and urged people to be patient.Rescue efforts are...
Volcano erupts on same Indonesian island as earlier quake

Volcano erupts on same Indonesian island as earlier quake

Technology
A volcano erupted Wednesday on the same central Indonesian island struck last week by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, and authorities warned planes about volcanic ash in the air. Mount Soputan on Sulawesi island spewed a massive column of ash more than 6,000 meters (19,700 feet) into the sky. No evacuations were immediately ordered. A government volcanologist said it's possible the eruption was accelerated by the magnitude 7.5 earthquake that struck on Friday. "It could be that this earthquake triggered the eruption, but we have seen an increase in volcanic activity since July and this began surging on Monday. Yet we can't say there a direct link, as the mountain is quite far away," Kasbani, the head of Indonesia's Volcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation Agency, said on local tele...
Fuego volcano eruption in Guatemala leaves town in dust

Fuego volcano eruption in Guatemala leaves town in dust

World
There was no time to eat. Sunday family lunches were interrupted, the food left on the table. Children abandoned toys, and clothes still hung on lines in backyards. Animals died petrified. Guatemalan authorities reacted slowly to signs of the Fuego volcano's impending eruption on June 3, contributing to one of the most tragic natural disasters in recent Guatemalan history. The volcano rumbled to life early that Sunday. By midday, it was spewing ash in smoking columns miles high that then fell, dusting a wide swath of the Central American country. But with the mountain's rumbles and the first ash showers, many villagers made a fatal bet to stay put, gambling that the luck that had protected them for decades would hold once again. In the afternoon things took a turn for the worse. T...
Children burned in Guatemala volcano eruption to be treated in US

Children burned in Guatemala volcano eruption to be treated in US

World
Guatemalan children who were seriously burned in a deadly volcanic eruption in their home country will be brought to the United States for treatment, officials said. Shriners Hospitals for Children, a Florida-based charity providing pediatric specialty care in 22 non-profit medical facilities, said in a statement Tuesday that it will admit several children who are in critical condition with burn injuries from Sunday's eruption. The U.S. military was expected to move the children more than 1,500 miles to the Galveston Shriners Hospital pediatric burn center in Galveston, Texas, according to the charity. The U.S. Southern Command confirmed to ABC News that six children were scheduled to be airlifted Wednesday from Guatemala City. The Volcan de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, in Guatemala o...