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There’s nowhere to hide: Hundreds of thousands live in the shadow of three erupting volcanoes

There’s nowhere to hide: Hundreds of thousands live in the shadow of three erupting volcanoes

World
A huge rumble and a belch of steam and rocks erupts from the crater of the volcano that towers above us.It's truly terrifying feeling such power, so near. I looked about me, wondering where I would I hide if the volcano's eruptions suddenly intensified. And then I realised - and it's obvious really - there is nowhere to run and hide. Image: It’s truly terrifying feeling such power, so near Up here, perched high on the side of Guatemala's Pacaya volcano, at the closest monitoring point to the peak of the volcano, one feels very insignificant.To my right, away from the belching crater, a vast lava field plummets towards the valley floor and, in the distance, the towns and villages directly in its path. ...
Government ranks 18 US volcanoes as 'very high threat'

Government ranks 18 US volcanoes as 'very high threat'

Technology
Government scientists have classified 18 U.S. volcanoes as "very high threat" because of what's been happening inside them and how close they are to people. The U.S. Geological Survey has updated its volcano threat assessments for the first time since 2005. The danger list is topped by Hawaii's Kilauea , which has been erupting this year. The others in the top five are Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier in Washington, Alaska's Redoubt Volcano and California's Mount Shasta . "This report may come as a surprise to many, but not to volcanologists," said Concord University volcano expert Janine Krippner. "The USA is one of the most active countries in the world when it comes to volcanic activity," she said, noting there have been 120 eruptions in U.S. volcanoes since 1980. Kilauea is the mos...
U.S. has 18 'very high threat' volcanoes, USGS says

U.S. has 18 'very high threat' volcanoes, USGS says

Science
Oct. 25 (UPI) -- The United States has 18 volcanoes listed as a "very high threat" to their surrounding communities, according to recent list compiled by the United States Geological Survey. Those volcanoes sit in five states, with Hawaii's Kilauea at the top of the list. Kilauea last erupted in May 2018 for several hours following a magnitude-5.0 earthquake on Hawaii. The eruption filled nearby neighborhoods with dangerous gas and lava, forcing more than 10,000 residents to evacuate. The other states with volcanoes at very high threat levels are Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington. The U.S. has 161 active volcanoes, and has experienced 120 eruptions and 52 incidents of volcanic unrest since 1980. The U.S. G...
Hawaii volcano: How many people do volcanoes kill?

Hawaii volcano: How many people do volcanoes kill?

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device With its red-hot rivers of lava and clouds of ash, Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has captured the world's attention. But how dangerous are such eruptions?Every year about 60 volcanoes erupt. Some take us by surprise but others are regular offenders.Kilauea is one of the world's most active - its present eruption began 35 years ago, but there has been an increase in activity in recent weeks. Its lava flows have quite literally been erupting in people's backyards, but thankfully only one serious injury has been reported - a man hit by projectile molten rock as he sat on his balcony.This could appear to suggest that volcanoes aren't all that dangerous, but much of the world's population lives close to an ac...
'The goddess of volcanoes is showing herself'

'The goddess of volcanoes is showing herself'

World
Some of the best pictures of the Mount Kīlauea eruptions and lava flows have come from the air, so we decided to take a helicopter to the southern coast of Hawaii's Big Island. Our pilot Casey Allen flew us close to the lava pouring into the sea.He was careful to stay upwind of a huge plume of toxic steam, or lava haze. 2:25 Video: 'Terrifying' Kilauea isn't finished yet The haze is produced when molten lava reacts with sea wat...