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Santiaguito volcano erupts spewing ash 13,000ft high in Guatemala


The Santiaguito volcano erupted on the morning of Thursday, August 18
Santiaguito volcano erupted on August 18 spewing a column of volcanic ash and steam that rose to 13,000 feet over the Guatemalan volcano.


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Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano erupts multiple times; 4 times in under 24 hours

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Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention on Monday said the Popocatépetl volcano has erupted multiple times, spewing ash and burning rocks into the air.

The disaster prevention center, or CENAPRED, Monday afternoon said Popocatépetl erupted four times in the previous 24 hours, had 73 volcanic plumes and had two volcano tectonic earthquakes -- measuring in magnitudes 1.2 and 1.6, respectively.

Popocatépetl is about 43 miles southeast of Mexico City.

CENAPRED in March raised the environmental alert level to the second degree out of three, meaning nearby residents should be prepared to evacuate.

"The CENAPRED urges you not to approach the volcano, specifically the crater, due to the danger of falling ballistic fragments," CENAPRED said in a statement.


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Cape Verde evacuates 300 people for fears of volcanic eruption following 'intensifying seismic activity'

Cape Verde has evacuated 300 people from Brava in the south of the archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean for fear of a volcanic eruption after an earth tremor on Tuesday.

There were low intensity tremors on Tuesday morning on the coastal parts of Brava, which is the smallest island of the country, causing no injuries or damage, according to the weather service.

It was felt at Cova Joana where, as a precaution, authorities began the evacuation operation targeting some 300 people, the Interior Minister, Paulo Rocha announced at a press conference in Praia.

"Data from the National Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics demonstrate the intensifying seismic activity on the island of Brava. If this activity continues, we can possibly have a volcanic eruption in the coming hours," Rocha said.

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Skiers in Chile shocked when Nevados de Chillán volcano erupts next to them

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Skiers were shocked when a volcano erupted next to them in Chile
Avalanches, extreme cold, and fast-changing weather conditions are just a few of the natural dangers that skiers and snowboarders must be aware of and prepare themselves for when out exploring the mountains.

However, skiers in the Bío Bío region of Chile in South America on August 2 were struck by an unexpected threat - an erupting volcano. The Nevados de Chillán volcano began to billow smoke, ash and gases while a group from ski and snowboard guide company Powder Quest were on the neighbouring slopes.

Skier Jess McMillan caught the whole thing on film and posted the video on her Instagram feed, with the caption: "So crazy to see a #volcano #eruption @nevadosdechillan Very cool way to end an epic bluebird powder day @powderquest #ladiesfreeridecamp."

Experts from the website Volcano Discovery suggest the eruption started around 5:10pm on August 1 - the dense plume of ash from the crater, which is off-limits to skiers and snowboarders, rose to 3,600m and quickly dispersed. In total the activity only lasted a few minutes, but nonetheless caught those enjoying the sunny South American slopes off guard.

Jess said: "The volcano has been giving off gases all season, there's now a closed area surrounding it to keep skiers and snowboarders a safe distance away. The volcano has emitted gases twice since in the past three days - it makes no sound and there's no earthquake when it happens."


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Volcanoes along the ring of fire are going off like firecrackers

So far this week, we have seen the most dangerous volcano in Mexico erupt, and three major volcanoes in Indonesia all erupted within the space of just 72 hours. Mexico and Indonesia are both considered to be part of "the Ring of Fire," and all along the perimeter of the Pacific Ocean volcanoes are starting to go off like firecrackers right now. According to Volcano Discovery, 25 volcanoes in areas that are considered to be within the Ring of Fire have erupted recently. Our planet appears to have entered a time of increased seismic activity, and those the follow my work regularly know that this is a theme that I revisit repeatedly. Sadly, most Americans are not paying too much attention to this increase in seismic activity, but the truth is that it has very serious implications for the west coast of the United States.

It didn't make a big splash in the mainstream media in the United States, but this week Mt. Popocatepetl erupted and coated homes and vehicles in Mexico City with a thick layer of volcanic dust. And now some scientists are becoming concerned that this recent activity may be building up to "a major disastrous eruption"...

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Largest quakes since volcano stopped erupting recorded near Bardarbunga

© Reykjavik Grapevine
One of the largest quakes since the famed volcano stopped erupting has been recorded near Bárðarbunga.

RÚV reports that a quake measuring a 4 on the Richter scale was recorded near the northern end of Bárðarbunga at about 5:00 Wednesday morning.

Einar Hjörleifsson, a natural disaster expert at the Icelandic Met Office, told reporters the quake is amongst the largest that have been recorded since the volcano stopped erupting in early 2015. The past week has been relatively quiet at the site, he said, but over the course of this day many tremours were recorded. He emphasised that the quakes in themselves do not necessarily mean that another volcanic eruption is on the way.

This is not for the first time in recent months that tremours have been recorded near Bárðarbunga. As reported last May, a quake measuring 4.4 was recorded near the volcano, followed by several aftershocks.

While scientists do not yet have reason to believe another eruption is imminent, they are still monitoring the area closely for increased activity. The Grapevine will keep readers updated in the event an eruption occurs.

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Flights disrupted after 3 volcanoes erupt in Indonesia within 2 days

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A general view of spewing pyroclastic lava is seen during Mount Sinabung volcano eruption, seen from Tiga Pancur village in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia on July 28, 2016.
Eruptions at three volcanoes in Indonesia have darkened skies in parts of the archipelago and disrupted some flights.

Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island near Bali, the Sinabung volcano on Sumatra Island and Mount Gamalama in the Moluccas chain of islands have all erupted in the past couple of days.

No one has been injured, but flights at two airports have been disrupted.

Sultan Babullah airport in Ternate, the capital of North Maluku province, was closed Wednesday and Lombok's international airport was closed for several hours on Tuesday.

The three mountains are among about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia. The archipelago of 250 million people is prone to earthquakes and volcanoes because it sits along the Pacific "Ring of Fire," a string of faults that lines the Pacific Ocean.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency, said that Gamalama and Sinabung erupted again late Tuesday, blasting debris high into the air. Hot ash tumbled down the Sinabung slopes as far as 2,000 metres (yards) southward into a river.

Bizarro Earth

Klyuchevskoy volcano in Russia's Far East spews ash cloud up to 7.5 km

© Alexandr Arkhipov/ITAR-TASS

Klyuchevskoy volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East has spewed ash up to 7.5 kilometers in the air, the Kamchatka department of Russian Academy of Sciences' Geophysical Service told TASS on Wednesday.

"According to satellite images, the ash column was as high as 7.5 km above the sea level. Ash is carried to the north-east. The concrete size of the ash plume is unknown since a large area near the volcano is covered in thick clouds," the Geophysical Service said.

No reports have been made yet about volcanic ash eruptions in settlements of the Ust-Kamchatsky district, where the volcano is located.

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Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano erupts, spews ash over Mexico City

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A car is covered with ashes from the Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico City on Aug. 1.
Mexico's national disaster prevention agency says the Popocatepetl volcano has spewed ash over Mexico City and neighbouring areas.

The agency says the volcano erupted for about nine hours, until 3 a.m.

Mexico City residents awoke Monday to cars coated in a light dusting of ash. The disaster agency's monitoring cameras showed glowing rocks shot from the volcano's crater landing more than a half-mile (1,000 metres) down its slope.

About 25 million people live within 62 miles (100 kilometres) of the crater of the 17,797-foot (5,426-meter) stratovolcano. It's been periodically erupting since 1994.

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Mother nature flashes a smile as Hawaii volcano appears to show off a red hot grin and glowing eyes when molten lava reaches the ocean


The Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has erupted, however the volcano appears to be 'smiling' when seen from the air.
A photographer captured incredible footage of a Hawaiian volcano's lava flow 'smiling' as it reached the Pacific Ocean.

The aerial video shows Kilauea's lava reaching the coast as it flowed down its slopes in the rugged Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on earlier this week.

The video which was taken by Paradise Helicopters show the volcano appear to form a giant smiley face as it pumps out lava into the sea.