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FAST FACTS: Phreatic and other types of volcanic eruption

Jan 12, 2020 - 9:09 PM

A phreatic eruption is one of the 6 ways a volcano can erupt, according to the United States Geological Survey

PHREATIC ERUPTION. The Taal Volcano spews ash on January 12, 2020. Photo by Derrick Manas

New Zealand eruption death toll rises to 18 as body search continues

Dec 15, 2019 - 11:04 AM

(UPDATED) The death toll now stands at 18 after an Australian victim who had been repatriated to Sydney died in hospital almost a week after the deadly eruption

RESCUE EFFORTS. This handout photo taken on December 9, 2019 and released on December 10, 2019 from the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust shows the view from a rescue helicopter as it heads toward the smoldering White Island volcano off the coast of New Zealand's North Island. Photo by Handout/Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust/AFP

New Zealand troops retrieve 6 bodies in daring volcano mission

Dec 13, 2019 - 8:09 AM

An military team is dispatched to recover 8 bodies that remain on New Zealand's most active volcano, which sits semi-submerged 50 kilometers out to sea

An airforce helicopter leaves Whakatane airport as it assists with the recovery of the 8 bodies on White Island who perished in the December the 9th White Island eruption, in New Zealand, on December 13, 2019. Intensifying fears of another eruption frustrated efforts to recover bodies from New Zealand's White Island on December 11, as the official death toll from the volcano disaster rose to eight. Police said two people died in hospital overnight, taking the confirmed number of fatalities to eight, with the bodies of another eight people believed to be on the island. Marty MELVILLE / AFP

Italy's Stromboli volcano erupts, sparking huge ash cloud

Aug 29, 2019 - 8:10 AM

The volcano is part of the Aeolian Islands archipelago in southern Italy and is off limits to walkers following a deadly eruption in June which killed a hiker and sent tourists fleeing

This photo taken and handout on August 28, 2019 by Italy's National Firefighters Corps, the Vigili del Fuoco, shows a fire on the hillside of the Stromboli volcano after an explosion occured on August 28, 2019 on the volcanic Stromboli island, north of Sicilia.  Handout / Vigili del Fuoco / AFP  Italy's Stromboli volcano erupts, sparking huge ash cloud Italy | volcano | Stromboli associated with x Rome, Italy | AFP | Wednesday 8/28/2019 - 20:37 UTC+8 | 177 words  Italy's Stromboli volcano off the coast of Sicily erupted Wednesday, according to fire fighters who rushed to put out wildfires sparked by lava flows.  Emergency services scrambled to launch motorboats and helicopters after the "strong explosion" in the south-central slope of the crater shook the island, but no-one was hurt, the fire service said on Twitter.  Falling ash from a vast mushrooming cloud covered the rooves of houses in the tiny windswept town of Stromboli, the Repubblica newspaper said, adding that the explosion had been felt on the nearby island of Salina.  The volcano, which is part of the Aeolian Islands archipelago in southern Italy, had been off limits to walkers following a deadly eruption in June which killed a hiker and sent tourists fleeing.  Stromboli, just 12 square kilometres (4.6 square miles) in area and 924 metres (3,000 feet) high, is just the top of a volcano that is largely underwater.  It is one of few in the world with almost continuous activity, according to the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology.  cm/ide/dl  © Agence France-Presse

Italian island Stromboli clears up ash after deadly volcano eruption

Jul 05, 2019 - 9:25 AM

A veil of ash lay atop restaurant terrace tables, boats and parts of the coastline of the tiny island. The dramatic volcanic eruption killer a hiker.

This handout photo obtained from the twitter account of @mariocalabresi shows the eruption of the Stromboli volcano on July 3, 2019 on the Stromboli island, north of Sicily. A volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli erupted dramatically on July 3, reportedly killing a hiker and sending tourists fleeing, but firefighters could not immediately confirm any casualties.  Mario CALABRESI / Twitter account of @mariocalabresi / AFP

Thousands evacuated as Guatemala volcano erupts, then stops

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Many of those evacuated say they fear a repeat of the deadly June eruption

Bali reopens airport after volcano eruption strands thousands of tourists

Jun 29, 2018 - 9:09 AM

(UPDATED) The early morning closure has sparked the cancellation of more than 300 flights to and from the tropical paradise with nearly 27,000 passengers affected

MOUNT AGUNG. This handout picture taken on June 29, 2018 and released by Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, shows Mount Agung erupting in eastern Bali. Handout photo by Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana/AFP

Guatemala volcano search called off with nearly 200 unaccounted for

Jun 18, 2018 - 3:28 PM

Officials have confirmed the deaths of 110 people as a result of the volcanic eruption on June 3, but another 197 remain unaccounted for

FUEGO VOLCANO. Nuns bless the disaster zone during the search for victims of the Fuego Volcano eruption, in the ash-covered village of San Miguel Los Lotes, in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 11, 2018. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

At least 99 dead as Guatemala volcano threatens new eruptions

Jun 07, 2018 - 10:39 AM

Only 28 of the 99 people killed as a result of the eruption have been identified so far

RESCUE. Volunteer firefighters search for victims of Sunday's Fuego Volcano eruption in Alotenango, a municipality in Sacatepequez Department, southwest of Guatemala City on June 6, 2018. Photo by Orlando Estrada/AFP

Nearly 200 missing, 75 dead from Guatemala volcano

Jun 06, 2018 - 9:45 AM

(UPDATED) The search for bodies in mountain villages destroyed by the eruption is progressing slowly

NEW ACTIVITY. People gather at the Municipal stadium in Escuintla, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 5, 2018 after the Fuego Volcano showed new activity. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Toll rises in Guatemala volcano as more bodies recovered

Jun 05, 2018 - 10:36 AM

(UPDATED) The speed and ferocity of the eruption take mountain communities by surprise, with many of the dead found in or around their homes

DEATH TOLL RISES. Residents carry the coffins of seven people who died following the eruption of the Fuego volcano, along the streets of Alotenango municipality, Sacatepequez, about 65 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 4, 2018. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Guatemala volcano eruption kills 25

Jun 04, 2018 - 12:25 PM

(UPDATED) David de Leon of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction says search and rescue operations for the missing and dead have been suspended due to low light and dangerous conditions, and will resume early on Monday morning

FUEGO VOLCANO ERUPTS. People flee El Rodeo village, Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City, after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano on June 3, 2018. Photo by Noe Perez/AFP

Helicopters rescue residents from fresh Hawaii volcano lava flow

May 20, 2018 - 12:00 AM

The USGS adds that 'smoke from burning vegetation as lava flows advance is also contributing to poor air quality'

ERUPTION. Lava erupts from a Kilauea volcano fissure near a home at dawn on Hawaii's Big Island on May 18, 2018 in Kapoho, Hawaii. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

Hawaii volcano summit erupts, residents urged to take shelter

May 18, 2018 - 8:40 AM

'At any time, activity may again become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent,' the Hawaii Volcano Observatory says

KILAUEA. This image released by the US Geological Survey on May 17, 2018 shows lava spattering from an area between fissures 16 and 20 at 8:20 a.m. HST from the Kilauea Volcano on May 16, 2018. AFP PHOTO / US Geological Survey/HO

Major quake hits Hawaii, prompts further volcano eruptions

May 05, 2018 - 8:56 AM

(UPDATED) A magnitude 6.9 earthquake hits Hawaii

Hawaii volcano eruption spews lava into residential areas

May 04, 2018 - 12:04 PM

(2ND UPDATE) Authorities warn of subsequent 'lava inundation,' fire, smoke, and additional earthquakes

EVACUATIONS. In this photo provided by the US Geological Survey, an ash plume rises above the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island on May 3, 2018. AFP PHOTO / US Geological Survey/ Kevan Kamibayashi

'Explosive' eruptions at Japan volcano

Mar 07, 2018 - 7:24 PM

'The plume reached the height of 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) for the first time since April 3, 2011,' following a total of 29 eruptions at Mount Shinmoedake, Japan's weather agency says in a statement

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung spews massive smoke-and-ash column

Feb 19, 2018 - 4:42 PM

Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island spews the thick plume after activity picked in recent days. There are no reports of injuries or deaths.

MOUNT SINABUNG. Thick volcanic ash spews into the air from Mount Sinabung volcano in Karo, North Sumatra, on February 19, 2018. Photo by Endro Rusharyanto/AFP

6 spots in Albay that are safe for sightseeing

Feb 03, 2018 - 10:35 PM

Not sure where to head now that Mayon has erupted?

CAGSAWA RUINS. Cagsawa Ruins view during normal days. Photo courtesy of Eleazar Cuela

DSWD waives conditions for release of 4Ps fund to Mayon victims

Jan 30, 2018 - 6:19 PM

Families staying in the 76 evacuation centers in Albay will also get temporary employment

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mudflow threat builds with more lava, debris from Mayon

Jan 30, 2018 - 12:53 PM

The threat of catastrophic mudflows is building on the slopes of Mayon, where nearly 90,000 residents have been moved out of harm's way

POSSIBLE MUDFLOW CHANNEL. A shallow river is seen with the Mayon volcano in the background in Sto Domingo, Albay, January 30, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mayon eruption destroys P94M worth of agricultural crops

Jan 25, 2018 - 8:44 PM

More than 5,000 farmers are now without income, says Albay's provincial agricultural officer

DAMAGED CROPS. Volcanic materials cascade down to rice paddies in this file photo from January 22, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

#ReliefPH: Help those affected by Mayon Volcano threats

Jan 25, 2018 - 2:59 PM

(UPDATED) People affected by Mayon Volcano threats need your help and support. This page shows how you can help.

Thousands more flee erupting Mayon Volcano

Jan 24, 2018 - 4:52 PM

More than 56,000 residents are now crammed in schools and other buildings two weeks after Mayon volcano began showing signs of unrest

MORNING WALK. A dog walks on the top of a stockpile of gravel at a quarry in Lidong, Sto. Domingo, Legaspi City, shorthly after Mayon Volcano erupted early morning January 24, 2018. Angie de Silva/Rappler

Fresh tremors halt search ops after Japan volcano eruption

Jan 24, 2018 - 1:55 PM

New volcanic activity forces Japanese police to suspend search operations a day after an eruption near a popular ski resort that killed a soldier and injured several other people.

WHITE AND GRAY. This handout image taken from the Kusatsu Mt. Shirane Gondola Unjo Camera and released by the Kusatsu Town Office on January 23, 2018 shows thick black smoke sliding down the snow-covered side of the volcano towards a ski slope after an eruption. Kusatsu Town Office/AFP

Albay expands Mayon danger zone to 9km

Jan 23, 2018 - 10:08 AM

(UPDATED) The additional buffer zone is put in place to prevent locals from going back into the 'no-man's land' around the volcano

RED HOT. Lava flows out of Mayon Volcano's crater in the early hours of January 23, 2018. Photo courtesy Phivolcs

Alert Level 4 raised over Mayon Volcano

Jan 22, 2018 - 1:48 PM

Classes in all levels across Albay are suspended, and residents are advised to wear face masks and stay indoors

Albay seeks 'augmentation support' from gov't for evacuees

Jan 21, 2018 - 1:10 AM

More than 7,000 families are temporarily sheltered in evacuation sites due to Mayon Volcano

'RESTIVE.' Volcanic materials from the slopes of Mayon volcano tumbled down over the ricefields in Albay on November 1, 2017. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

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Jan 16, 2018 - 8:36 PM

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Jan 16, 2018 - 2:25 PM

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Mayon Volcano spews debris, hot gases

Jan 15, 2018 - 11:25 AM

The volcano in Albay is under Alert Level 3, which means a 'hazardous eruption is possible within weeks or even days'

PYROCLASTIC FLOW. A view of the pyroclastic flow on the slopes of Mayon Volcano on January 15, 2018. Photo courtesy Phivolcs

Flights resume as Bali's volcano-hit airport reopens

Nov 30, 2017 - 12:15 PM

The alert level on Mount Agung remains at the maximum, but a change in wind direction blew towering columns of ash and smoke away from the airport

RUMBLING. This general view shows smoke coming from Mount Agung volcano (in background), taken from Kubu in the Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 29, 2017. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Evacuation centers, hotels fill up as Bali eruption looms

Nov 28, 2017 - 3:52 PM

Stranded tourists hunt for accommodation while frightened villagers living in Mount Agung's shadow make their way to more than 200 evacuation centers as the mountain gushes smoke and ash

RUMBLING. A general view shows Mount Agung erupting seen from Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 28, 2017. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Ash from rumbling volcano forces Bali airport to stay shut

Nov 28, 2017 - 8:51 AM

(UPDATED) Massive columns of thick grey smoke that have been belching from Mount Agung since last week have now begun shooting more than 3 kilometers (two miles) into the sky, forcing hundreds of flights to be grounded

STRANDED. Passengers gather at the Gusti Ngurah Rai International airport in Denpasar, Bali on November 27, 2017, after flights were cancelled due to the threat of an eruption by the Mount Agung volcano. Yuda A Riyanto/AFP

Thousands flee as Bali raises volcano alert to highest level

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:10 AM

(UPDATED) Some 40,000 frightened people have fled their homes around the volcano but as many as 100,000 will likely be forced to leave, disaster agency officials say

RITUAL. Balinese Hindus take part in a ceremony, where they pray near Mount Agung in hope of preventing a volcanic eruption, in Muntig village of the Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 26, 2017. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Bali volcano spews smoke and ash, disrupting flights

Nov 26, 2017 - 1:12 PM

(UPDATED) At least 2,000 passengers are affected, mostly tourists from Australia

NATURE'S FURY. Mount Agung's eruption is seen next to a Balinese temple at Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 26, 2017. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Food aid, face masks dispatched to Bali as 75,000 flee volcano

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:04 PM

Mount Agung, 75 kilometers (47 miles) from the resort hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August and threatening to erupt for the first time since 1963 – a potential blow to the country's lucrative tourism industry

READY. A farmer moves cattle from his land in Karangasem Regency on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on September 26, 2017, as Mount Agung volcano looms in the background. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Thousands flee amid fears of Bali volcanic eruption

Sep 25, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Nearly 50,000 residents have evacuated their homes amid fears of an imminent volcanic eruption on the resort island of Bali

SILENT – FOR NOW. People look at Mount Agung in Karangasem on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on September 24, 2017. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Disaster imagination: 3 steps toward disaster preparedness

Jul 08, 2017 - 9:30 PM

We need [imagination] for disaster preparedness Science Undersecretary Renato Solidum Jr says at the Agos Summit

Department of Science and Technology undersecretary for disaster risk reduction and climate Renato Solidum Jr., during Day 2 of the AGOS Summit on Disater Preparedness at the SM Aura Samsung Hall in Taguig on July 8, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Mt Bulusan spews ash column 2.5 kilometers high

Oct 23, 2016 - 6:35 PM

Phivolcs records a phreatic eruption at 3:31 pm on Sunday October 23 as the volcano in Sorsogon remains under Alert Level 1

Hiking gone wrong: Indonesian volcano erupts as tourists hike nearby

Sep 28, 2016 - 12:19 PM

Nearly 400 people were recorded as hiking near Barujani – a smaller cone within the crater of Mount Rinjani – when it began erupting prompting evacuation

Volcanic eruptions in Indonesia hit air travel

Aug 03, 2016 - 3:17 PM

Volcanic eruptions in Indonesia in recent days have forced the closure of two airports and disrupted some flights to the holiday island of Bali officials say

3 Negros Occidental LGUs affected by Kanlaon ashfall

Jun 19, 2016 - 9:13 AM

Mount Kanlaon remains under Alert Level 1 status which means it is at an abnormal condition and is in period of current unrest

ERUPTION. Mount Kanlaon erupts on Saturday, June 18. Photo from Twitter user @iamlazelot

Villages in ashes after deadly Indonesia volcano eruption

May 23, 2016 - 2:26 PM

The eruptions were so violent that townships as far away as 12 kilometers were covered in thick layers of ash

ERUPTION. Residents gather their belongings as they evacuate from a village impacted by the Mount Sinabung eruption at Gamber Village. EPA

Indonesia volcano eruption kills 3

May 21, 2016 - 11:46 PM

Three people die and 4 others are critically injured after a highly active volcano in western Indonesia erupted violently shooting hot ash and gases into the atmosphere

MOUNT SINABUNG. This picture taken on January 10, 2016 shows Mount Sinabung spewing volcanic ash in Karo. Photo by Januar / AFP

Mount Kanlaon erupts anew

Mar 29, 2016 - 7:22 PM

UPDATED It has been barely 3 months since Mount Kanlaon in the province of Negros Oriental last erupted

ACTIVE. Mount Kanlaon in Negros Oriental erupts on March 29, 2016, barely 3 months since its last eruption. Photo courtesy of Jean Amoguis

Negrenses urged to wear masks, stay home after Kanlaon ash eruption

Dec 27, 2015 - 8:56 PM

The provincial disaster management office in Negros Occidental says the ash fall is carcinogenic and can also trigger asthma and pulmonary problems

ASH ERUPTION. Filipino farmers harvest sugar canes with a backdrop of Mount Kanlaon partly covered by cloud at remote village of Masulog, in the town of Canlaon on November 26, 2015. File photo by Jo Haresh/EPA

Indonesia reopens Bali airport after two-day closure

Nov 05, 2015 - 11:55 AM

The airport initially ordered it remain shut until at least Friday morning but conditions improved on Thursday allowing officials to re open it

STUCK. Tourists are stuck in Bali as airport closes due to volcanic eruption. Made Nagi/EPA

LIST: Canceled flights to and from Bali

Nov 04, 2015 - 4:22 PM

Here s a list of canceled flights following the closure of Ngurah Rai International Airport due to volcanic ash from Mount Rinjani

CANCELED. Virgin Australia is one of the airlines that first canceled its flights. Photo by EPA

IN PHOTOS: Tourists stranded, flights canceled in Bali

Nov 04, 2015 - 3:29 PM

Authorities had closed the Ngurah Rai International Airport late Tuesday due to a large ash cloud drifting from Mount Rinjani an active volcano on the nearby island of Lombok

STUCK. Tourists are stuck in Bali as airport closes due to volcanic eruption. Made Nagi/EPA