Entries in Volcano (10)


Indonesian Volcano Spews Ash into Sky in Biggest Eruption Yet

AFP/Getty Images(JAKARTA) -- A volcano in Indonesia erupted again on Sunday, sending ash into the sky and hastening evacuation measures.

Thousands of residents, many of whom farm the fertile land around Mount Lokon, had to be evacuated when the volcano started erupting a week ago. Sunday's blast measured the strongest thus far, according to reports.

One woman had a heart attack during an evacuation, and she remains the sole fatality. There have been no other reports of deaths.

Mount Lokon is one of Indonesia's 129 active volcanos.

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Chilean Volcano Heaps Ash, Anxiety on Argentine Industries

CLARA PRIMA/AFP/Getty Images(NEUQUÉN, Argentina) -- Thick, gray dust is covering entire towns in Argentina as Chile's Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano continues to erupt, spewing ash that has disrupted more than airline flights.

Argentina's Agriculture Ministry has declared a state of emergency in three provinces after authorities discovered that the embers have disrupted tourism and endangered livestock.

An entire foot of ash has accumulated in one town called Villa La Angostura, located 24 miles from the volcano, which has reportedly caused major problems for Argentine farmers whose herds are now roaming in pastures covered with soot. Officials estimate that more than half of Patagonia's 2 million sheep have been affected by the ash.

The toxic ash has also made it difficult to drive on local roads, and Lake Nahuel Huapi, the country's largest lake, has become a sea of embers. Adding to the economic concern, the eruption started just as many mountain towns were preparing for ski season.

"Today, we can't anticipate the season's final results, but we can say that this has ruined the start of the winter season in the coming days," Mayor Roberto Alonso of Villa La Angostura said.

The residents in the town have been continuously working to clean up the ash but found it impossible to keep up with the volcano.

"The problem is the volcano keeps sending up ashes," business owner Alejandro Curiluck said. "In 15 days, we should be operating."

Authorities say the ash cloud from the erupting volcano has once again reached Chilean soil after completely circling the globe.

Many regional airports have been shut down for more than a week because of concerns about the ash, but Buenos Aires' main airports reopened Wednesday.

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Flights Disrupted After Volcanoes Erupt in Chile and Eritrea

File photo. Digital Vision/Thinkstock(SANTIAGO) -- Flights are being disrupted in over two continents after the eruption of volcanoes in Chile and Eritrea.

The Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle range of volcanoes erupted on June 4, emitting a plume of ash that is spreading through parts of South America. Over the weekend the ash cloud spread towards Australia and New Zealand after winds changed direction. Flights are experiencing delays or cancellations in Brazil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand among other nations in the region.

In East Africa, after a series of earthquakes in Eritrea, the Nabro volcano erupted, causing an ash cloud over the region. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in Toulouse, France issued an advisory stating that the emissions had reduced. However, the ash cloud has spread to Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt and to the Middle East. Flights in the region are experiencing delays.

The ash cloud prompted Secretary Hillary Clinton to cut short her trip to Tanzania, Zambia and Ethiopia.

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Chile Volcano Forces Flight Cancellations in Australia and New Zealand

John Foxx/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- A number of flights in and out of Australia and New Zealand had to be cancelled Sunday due to ash from a volcano in Chile threatening the airspace in and around the two countries.

On Sunday Virgin Australia posted an advisory on its website saying that it was suspending all flight services into and out of New Zealand, and Melbourne and Tasmania, Australia from 7 p.m. Australian time.

Also taking precaution, and grounding part of its fleet was Qantas airlines, which cancelled several flights in and out of the same three areas Sunday.

Airlines are taking such steps as ash travelling from the volcano into the airspace creates dangerous flying conditions for pilots, with particles also posing a threat to jet engines. According to a release from the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand, ash from the Puyhue-Cordon Caulle volcano in southern Chile was expected to get up to somewhere between 20,000 feet and 35,000 feet in New Zealand airspace over the weekend.

Earlier in the week, the volcano also prompted flight cancellations in parts of Argentina and Uruguay.

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Flights Grounded, Cities Evacuated in Wake of Erupting Volcano in Chile

File photo. Digital Vision/Thinkstock(SANTIAGO, Chile) -- Travel has been disrupted in areas of Argentina and Uruguay due the ash clouds forming from Chile's Puyhue-Cordon Caulle volcano, according to BBC News.

Officials have grounded flights departing Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay for the last two days.  Flights in other smaller cities were also suspended Friday.

BBC News reports that small Chilean communities surrounding the volcano's region have already evacuated.  Officials monitoring the activity say they fear recent heavy rains will heighten the risk of potential landslides containing volcanic debris.

With upwards of 3,000 volcanoes, 80 of them active, Chile is one of the most volcanic countries on Earth, BBC News says.

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Volcanic Ash Cloud Forces Obama Out of Ireland

STR/AFP/Getty Images(DUBLIN) -- Once again, an erupting Icelandic volcano is complicating President Obama's travel. This time the volcano is Grimsvotn, and it has forced President Obama to leave Ireland prematurely.

White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest announced Monday that the president would need to leave Ireland a day early because of the dense ash plume. The UK's Civil Aviation Authority said the ash might reach Scottish air space as soon as Tuesday.

"Due to a recent change in the trajectory in the plume of volcanic ash, Air Force One will depart Ireland for London tonight," Earnest said. "The schedule for tomorrow will proceed as planned."

Last November, President Obama had to cut short his visit to a different nation where he was having something of a homecoming: Indonesia, where he spent four years as a child. And in April 2010, the president had to cancel a visit to Poland for the funeral of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, killed in a plane crash with his wife and dozens of other Polish leaders.

The two incidents were the fault of eruptions from the Icelandic Eyjafjallajokull volcano.

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Iceland's Grimsvotn Volcano Erupts, Forces Airport Shutdown

Medioimages/Photodisc(REYKJAVIK, Iceland) -- Iceland's biggest and most active volcano, Grimsvotn, started erupting Saturday sending an ash plume 12 miles high into the sky and closing Iceland's main airport.

Iceland's Meteorological Office said that eruptions from the Grímsvötn volcano – which hasn't erupted since 2004 - began as subglacial eruptions which quickly broke its ice covering and sent smoke and ash 65,000 ft. into the air.

The ash plume is expected to drift east and north away from Europe, no expected impact on the European airspace for at least the first 24 hours.

The Grimsvotn eruption is larger than the Eyjafjallajokull eruption which occurred in 2010, but is not likely to have the same massive effect.

In April 2010, when Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull's volcano erupted it left some 10 million travelers worldwide stranded and cost airlines an estimated $1.7 billion, according to the International Air Transport Association.

On Sunday Isavia, the Icelandic company that operates all airport facilities and air navigation in the nation, shut down the nation's largest airport, Keflavik, for the day.

A no-fly zone is being enforced for 120 nautical miles in all directions of the eruption.

"A danger area has been established for all instrument flying that includes the upper approach airspace for the Keflavik and Reykjavik international airports. Visual flight rule operations are currently not affected," Isavia said in a statement.

Volcanic activity can wreak havoc on international air traffic, as eruptions can spew a torrent of hot, tiny particles of rock, glass and sand that can be sucked into a jet engines and cause engine failure.

The Grimsvotn volcano is not expected to cause any prolonged disruptions, but conditions may vary depending on the duration of the eruption, wind patterns, and the height of the ash plume.

Grimsvotn last erupted in 2004, 1998, 1996 and 1993

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Volcano Erupts in Southern Japan

Photo Courtesy - CLARA PRIMA/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- A Japanese volcano in the southern Kyushu region erupted Wednesday, leaving fields in nearby towns coated with ash and prompting limited voluntary evacuations overnight.

Heavy clouds of smoke spewing from the Shinmoedake volcano on Mount Kirishima prompted the Japan Meteorological Agency to raise the volcanic alert level to a 3, warning people to clear the area within a mile of the volcano.

Agency volcanologist Sei Iijima said the eruption did not pose a threat to nearby cities, and a major eruption was not imminent, as of now.

"You can never say never with a volcano," Iijima said. "But the lack of magma movement beneath the surface leads us to believe that this activity won't lead to a large-scale eruption."

The volcano, one of 20 inside Mount Kirishima, began erupting around 7:30 Wednesday morning.

By 3 p.m., heavy smoke could be seen billowing nearly 5,000 feet above the crater.

That prompted the meteorological agency to raise the alert level.

Air space above the mountain remained open but the haze prompted airlines to cancel at least four domestic flights from the Miyazaki Prefecture Thursday, while the buildup of ash on train tracks forced Japan Rail to cancel several train lines in the region.

Roads were shut down because of poor visibility. Start times for three junior and elementary schools in the city of Miyakonojo, about 16 miles west of the crater, were delayed by a few hours.

School-bound children were advised to wear masks as a precaution. Farmers woke up to find their fields coated with debris.

In the town of Takahara, located about seven miles east of Kirishima, General Affairs Manager Yuji Nakashima said a small evacuation center had been set up overnight for more than a dozen residents concerned about the debris.

"People told us their windows were rattling and they heard roaring sounds coming from the mountain," Nakashima said.

While frequent activity has been reported at Kirishima, this is the largest eruption recorded there since 1959.

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Air Travel Disrupted as Volcano Continues to Spew Ash

Photo Courtesy - CLARA PRIMA/AFP/Getty Images(JAKARTA, Indonesia) --  Singapore and Malaysia airlines have temporarily canceled flights into Jakarta, Indonesia because of the continuing eruptions of the Mount Merapi volcano.

At least 118 people have been killed by the eruptions, which have been on-again, off-again for more than a week.

Tens of thousands who fled their homes are crowded in shelters.

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Indonesian Volcano Spews Ash

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(JAKARTA, Indonesia) -- Indonesia's Mt. Merapi ended its temporary lull, spewing hot ash into the sky and down over the surrounding area.  The volcano has killed at least 38 people in its latest eruption, which began on Tuesday.

Sunday's activity caught many off guard.  Some of the 50,000 people who had evacuated the area around Mt. Merapi had returned to survey the damage. 

Indonesia is struggling to recover from a tsunami sparked by a 7.7 magnitude earthquake that killed an estimated 450 people in some of the remote islands.  It sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where a series of faultlines makes the earth prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. 

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