Stories tagged volcano eruption

Mountain climbing is dangerous. Mountain climbing on a volcanic mountain is extra dangerous. A team of mountain climbers in the Philippines found that out today, five with very tragic results.

Two volcanoes in Congo, Africa, are exhibiting signs of erupting soon. Here are the details. Half a million people live with in the impact zone of a major eruption. Lava flows from an eruption seven years ago from one of the volcanoes killed about 100 people.

Here's some video footage from the Mt. Redoubt volcano blast in Alaska. Ash from the blast is threatening a nearby oil refinery. And here's the initial Buzz report on the eruption from earlier this week.

Mar
23
2009

Newly erupted: This view of Mt. Redoubt is looking south as the volcano begins to erupt and send an ash cloud into the sky.
Newly erupted: This view of Mt. Redoubt is looking south as the volcano begins to erupt and send an ash cloud into the sky.Courtesy Alaska Volcano Observatory / U.S. Geological Survey
It's been giving off warning signs for nearly two months now, but Mt. Redoubt in Alaska has erupted five times in the past days, sending an ash cloud nine miles high into the sky.

Here's the full Associated Press news account of the eruption.

Volcano eruptions are always interesting to those interested in science, but I'm guessing there will be even more discussion about the topic now as the federal government's volcano monitoring program was criticized as a "pork project" by Republicans in the aftermath of President Obama's recent budget proposal. And Buzz readers weighed in on that on this discussion thread.

Mt. Redoubt is about 100 miles southwest of Anchorage in a sparsely populated section of Alaska (but then again, isn't most of Alaska sparsely populated?). Prevailing winds are blowing most of the ash away from Anchorage, but people in the coastal city are feeling some of the impacts of the blast.

Also, the eruption has altered air traffic patterns in the area as ash suspended in the air can cause problems to passing planes.

Ash and lightning: The phenomenon of volcanic activity triggering lightning was seen this week at the eruption of the Chaiten Volcano in Chile.
Ash and lightning: The phenomenon of volcanic activity triggering lightning was seen this week at the eruption of the Chaiten Volcano in Chile.Courtesy guano
The residents of the small coastal Chilean village of Chaiten got a huge suprise over the weekend: a long dormant volcano suddenly erupted, forcing 4,500 residents to suddenly evacuate the town in early winter conditions. Be sure to click through all the photos in the link's slide show. The views are spectacular. Here is a slide show from National Geographic. And here is a video report of the eruption. So far, one person has been found dead at the eruption site, but the volcano continues to spew ash into the sky. Because the volcano was thought to be dormant, it hasn't been monitored for underground activity like many other volcanoes across the globe.