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Indonesia’s Merapi Volcano Spews Hot Clouds, 500 Evacuate

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano spewed avalanches of hot clouds Thursday morning as hundreds more residents were evacuated from its fertile slopes. Authorities evacuated more than 500 people living on the mountain in Magelang district on Java …

New Zealand Files 13 Safety Charges After Volcano Killed 22

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand authorities filed safety violation charges on Monday against 10 organizations and three individuals after a volcanic eruption at White Island last year killed 22 people. The island had been a popular tourist destination before …

Thousands of Filipinos Flee After Volcanic Fallout Hits Manila

A mass evacuation is underway in the Philippines, where an erupting volcano 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of the capital has triggered some 75 earthquakes and spewed “ballistic fragments,” forcing the nation’s financial markets to suspend trading and Manila airport …

Royal Caribbean Liability for Volcano Deaths May Turn on ‘Act of God’ Defense

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd’s potential liability for a deadly excursion to a volcanic island in New Zealand could hinge on whether the eruption was an unforeseeable “act of God,” according to maritime lawyers. Cruise ship passengers were among the tourists …

Seven Countries Affected by New Zealand Volcano Disaster

Seven nations have been affected by the volcano disaster in New Zealand that has probably claimed 13 lives and left dozens with critical burn injuries. Police on Tuesday said the 47 people on White Island at the time it erupted …

Five Dead, Eight Missing After New Zealand Volcano Erupts

As many as 13 people may have died following a volcanic eruption on New Zealand’s White Island, while dozens more were injured after two explosions sent plumes of white smoke and ash thousands of meters into the air. Five people …

Blame it on Bieber: Iceland Canyon too Popular with Visitors

FJADRARGLJUFUR, Iceland — A large sign warns motorists that Iceland’s Fjadrargljufur canyon is closed to visitors but drivers keep on coming down the narrow gravel road. A ranger at a roadblock has to explain why no one can pass: The …

Hawaii Residents Watch Lava Creep

Lava from one of the world’s most active volcanoes has been advancing at a slower pace the past few days and is now moving parallel to a sparsely populated subdivision on Hawaii’s Big Island. Lava from Kilauea volcano was still …

Costa Rican Volcano Spews Ash, Smoke

Scientists say one of Costa Rica’s largest volcanos is spewing clouds of ash and gas, setting off a small-scale evacuation. Park rangers activated a green alert, the lowest of three levels, after the 10,958-foot (3,340-meter) Turrialba volcano rumbled loudly and …

Volcano Erupts in Central Indonesia, No Injuries

A volcano in central Indonesia has erupted, spewing hot smoke and ash thousands of feet into the air. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Mount Lokon, located on northern Sulawesi island, had been dormant for years before …