Chilean Volcano Calbuco Erupts for the First Time in Five Decades

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The Calbuco volcano erupts near Puerto Varas, Chile, Thursday, April 23, 2015. The volcano erupted Wednesday for the first time in more than 42 years, billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile, and is considered one of the top three most potentially dangerous among Chile’s 90 active volcanos. (Photo by David Cortes Serey/AP Photo/Agencia Uno)
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Mount Sinabung Volcano Erupts in Indonesia

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Mount Sinabung volcano erupts, as seen from Tiga Pancur village, Karo Regency in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province October 8, 2014. (Photo by Y. T. Haryono/Reuters)
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Stromboli Volcano Erupts in Italy

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Hot lava trickles down from the Stromboli volcano on August 9, 2014 in Aeolian Islands, Italy. Lava flows down the Mount Stromboli off the Sicilian coast in southern Italy. The volcano – at 3,034ft – is one of the most active in Europe and has been erupting continuously since 1932. (Photo by Tom Pfeiffer/Barcroft Media)
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Mt Kelud Erupts in Indonesia

Mount Kelud erupted late Thursday in the eastern part of Indonesia’s Java island, forcing more than 100,000 to flee their homes and killing at least three others. A blanket of ash – up to 5 centimeters thick in some cases – forced regional airports and major tourist destinations, such as the Borobudur and Prambanan temples, to close, according to media reports.

Mt Kelud Erupts in Indonesia
A man wears a mask as he rides a becak, a kind of rickshaw, on a road covered with from Mount Kelud in Yogyakarta. (Photo by Dwi Oblo/Reuters) Continue reading »

Mount Etna Volcano Erupts Again: Stunning Images

Italy’s Mount Etna, the tallest volcano in Europe, erupted on Sunday for the fourth time this year. A massive plume was reportedly seen rising as high as seven kilometres from Mount Etna off the Italian island of Sicily.

Mount Etna Volcano Erupts Again: Stunning Images

Smoke rises from Mount Etna as it spews lava on the southern Italian island of Sicily on 18 March. (REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello) Continue reading »

Photo of the Day: Grimsvotn Volcano Erupts in Iceland

Photo of the Day: Grimsvotn Volcano Erupts in Iceland

Erupting steam and ash interact with clouds above Grímsvötn volcano. Photographer Jóhann Ingi Jónsson traveled within 1 kilometer of the eruption site on the evening of May 22, 2011, to get these photos. Click to zoom.

Iceland’s most active volcano, Grímsvötn, erupted on Saturday for the first time since 2004, hurling a plume of steam and ash nearly 20 kilometers (12 miles) into the sky. People living next to the glacier where the Grímsvötn volcano burst into life were most severely affected, with ash blocking out the daylight and smothering buildings and vehicles. Iceland also closed its main international airport and canceled domestic flights on Sunday, and aviation officials will be closely monitoring European airspace for the next few days. (Source: theAtlantic)