Hawaii Volcanoes National Park plans reopening of lava tube
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Officials say they plan to reopen a popular cave-like attraction in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park later this year.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the Thurston Lava...
2 Indonesian volcanoes spew lava in new eruptions
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Two volcanoes in Indonesia have spewed fresh lava down their slopes, in the latest of several eruptions in less than two weeks, an official said Friday.
Volcanology official Kasbani said Mount Merapi on the main island of Java shot out hot clouds and lava that flowed 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) down its slopes late Thursday.
Lava, gas flowing out Indonesia volcano sends people fleeing
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An eruption of one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes sent lava and searing gas clouds out the crater and made villagers leave the slopes, a volcanology official said Tuesday.
Authorities were still trying to evacuate nearly 600 residents living along the slopes of Mount Karangetang, said Yudia Tatipang, head of the Karangetang volcano observation post. There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.
Indonesia’s Merapi volcano unleashes river of lava
YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's volatile Mount Merapi volcano has unleashed a river of lava that flowed 1,400 meters (4,590 feet) down its slopes.
Merapi, on the island of Java, has entered an "effusive eruption phase," Kasbani, head of the Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center, said Wednesday.
Kasbani, who goes by a single name, said the volcanic material that spewed out late Tuesday was the volcano's longest lava flow since it began erupting again in August.
Tourists visit Hawaii volcano park despite federal shutdown
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Tourists are still visiting Kilauea volcano despite the partial closure of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park amid the ongoing government shutdown.
Services in the national park have been curtailed due the shutdown, but the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Monday that businesses are still seeing plenty of visitors.
Lava, ash spew from new fracture on Italy’s Mount Etna
MILAN (AP) — The Mount Etna observatory says lava and ash are spewing from a new fracture on the active Sicilian volcano amid an unusually high level of seismic activity.
The Etna observatory said a swarm of 130 tremors have been recorded by Monday midday, the most powerful registering a magnitude of 4.0. It reported lava flows from the volcano and said a new fracture had opened near its southeast crater.
Indonesia’s Soputan volcano erupts, ejecting thick ash
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in central Indonesia has erupted, ejecting columns of thick ash as high as 7,500 meters (24,606 feet) into the sky.
Mount Soputan, located on the northern part of Sulawesi island, erupted twice Sunday morning, said the national disaster agency's spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.
He said in anticipation of hot ash and lava sliding down the volcano's slopes, local residents have been urged to avoid activities near the mountain.
AP PHOTOS: AP photojournalist portrays volcano’s devastation
SAN MIGUEL LOS LOTES, Guatemala (AP) — They call it the Volcano of Fire, one of the most active volcanoes in the Americas, frequently spewing ash and gas across a swath of Guatemala west of the capital. On June 3, the mountain erupted with a fury not seen in more than a century, exploding with 1,300-degree molten rocks and black clouds of ash that smothered villages and buried at least 194 people alive. An additional 234 are missing.
What caused ancient mass extinction? Hot ocean water blamed
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists think they've figured out the falling dominoes that led to Earth's largest mass extinction and worry that human-caused climate change puts the planet on a vaguely similar path.
Tourism recovering slowly in Big Island’s Volcano town
VOLCANO, Hawaii (AP) — Tourism in Volcano town on the Big Island has been picking up slowly since Hawaii Volcanoes National Park reopened in September.
Business is a far cry from the booming days before the park closed in May amid explosive eruptions, earthquakes and the collapse of Kilauea volcano's summit crater, said Pua Norris, the head innkeeper at Volcano Village Lodge, a bed-and-breakfast.
Displaced USGS scientists monitoring Hawaii volcanoes
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Geologists who monitor Hawaii's volcanoes are still among those displaced by the recent eruption of Kilauea.
The Big Island eruption began on May 3 and destroyed more than 700 homes and started a series of collapse events at the volcano's summit.
The activity prompted a months-long closure of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the evacuation of scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory headquarters.
Hotel restaurant reopens at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A restaurant operating at a hotel in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has resumed kitchen service after shutting down when the park closed in May.
Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Volcano House Hotel relaunched its dinner service at The Rim restaurant Thursday after months of closure due to the Kilauea volcano eruption and resulting seismic activity at the Big Island park.
Government ranks 18 US volcanoes as ‘very high threat’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government scientists have classified 18 U.S. volcanoes as "very high threat" because of what's been happening inside them and how close they are to people.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park reports ‘on par’ visitation
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — About 2,000 people have visited Hawaii Volcanoes National Park each day since it partially reopened last month, park officials said.
Big Island officials reject property tax relief measure
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island officials rejected a proposal that would have sought tax relief for commercial properties in the communities of Pahoa and Volcano.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park records 15K visitors
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — More than 15,000 people have visited Hawaii Volcanoes National Park since it partially reopened last month, according to the National Park Service.
The park reopened on National Public Lands Day — when admission was free — after closing in May because of the Kilauea volcano eruption, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Thursday.
Rwanda fee hike to visit gorillas leads to drop in tourists
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Rwanda (AP) — Gorilla tourism is an important income source for Rwanda, but a recent increase in permit fees for safaris meant a steep decline in visitors.
Earlier this year the WWF conservation group said the mountain gorilla subspecies was making a comeback, with numbers above 600 from an estimated 480 in 2010 in the Virunga Massif, a mountainous area encompassing parts of Rwanda, Uganda and Congo.
National park in Hawaii reopens after monthslong eruption
HONOLULU (AP) — A national park in Hawaii has reopened after being closed for more than four months because of Kilauea volcano's latest eruption, which caused widespread damage to park infrastructure and dramatically changed its landscape.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park officials said there were no lines or waiting for visitors to catch a glimpse of the volcano that made headlines across the world when it began erupting in May. Admission is free Saturday.
The Latest: Hawaii national parks reopens after lava shut it
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the reopening of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park after an eruption that caused widespread damage to infrastructure (all times local):
A national park in Hawaii has reopened after being closed for more than four months because of Kilauea volcano's latest eruption, which caused widespread damage to park infrastructure and dramatically changed its landscape.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park buys ‘Great Crack’ property
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The National Park Service has acquired a nearly 2,000-acre (800-hectare) Big Island property containing a chasm known as "The Great Crack."
The oceanfront property adjacent to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was purchased for $1.95 million in a recent foreclosure sale, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Sunday.
Oregon State scientists examine Mount St. Helens formation
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State University scientists may have the answer to why Mount St. Helens is out of line with other major volcanoes on the Cascade Range.
University geophysicist Adam Schultz and his team think a giant subsurface rock formation diverted magma, causing Mount St. Helens to form west of the Cascadia Arc, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported Monday.
Alaska volcano restless again
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One of Alaska's largest and most active volcanoes is restless again, prompting scientists to issue an aviation advisory.
Alaska Volcano Observatory scientists increased the threat level of Mount Veniaminof (VEN'-ee-ah-mean-off) from yellow to orange Tuesday. That color designation indicates that sudden explosions could send ash above 20,000 feet (6,100 meters) and threaten international air planes.
Hawaii volcanoes park could reopen several areas soon
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is on track to reopen several areas later this month after closing in May because of the Kilauea volcano eruption, park officials said.
Travelers to Hawaii’s Big Island drop 12.7 percent in July
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's Big Island continued to experience sharp declines in visitors and tourism spending last month amid Kilauea volcano's eruption.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority said Thursday the number of travelers to the island sank 12.7 percent in July compared to the same month last year. Spending by visitors declined 7.2 percent to $201 million.
Lava mostly stopped flowing from the volcano early this month. It was vigorously erupting in July.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park plans limited reopening
HONOLULU (AP) — The National Park Service is planning to reopen sections of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park next month following the lull in activity from the Kilauea volcano.
The reopening date has been set for Sept. 22 after the May eruption prompted the Big Island park closure, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday.
Hawaii officials assess traffic safety concerns at lava tube
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii transportation officials are assessing safety concerns at a Big Island lava tube, which residents say has become an increasingly popular tourist destination.
The Latest: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park assessing damage
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the slowing of Kilauea volcano's eruption (all times local):
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is taking advantage of a lull in Kilauea's eruption to assess damage to the park.
The Park Service said in a statement Friday a specialized team will thoroughly assess damage from the eruption. The assessment will form the foundation of the park's recovery plan.
Less popular area of Hawaii Volcanoes sees more activity
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The closure of the main area of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has prompted more people to visit the less-frequented Kahuku Unit, leading to more resources being directed into that area.
Alaska Volcano Observatory to get $12M for equipment, staff
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Volcano Observatory is getting $12 million in additional federal funding to update equipment and hire more staff.
Hawaii grapples with lava, hurricane as election nears
HONOLULU (AP) — As Hawaii readies for its primary elections on Saturday, voters are grappling with an erupting volcano and Hurricane Hector.
Elections are challenging times for candidates even in the best of circumstances. But Big Island politicians frequently have extra adversity, given they live on top of one of the world's most active volcanoes and in the general vicinity of hurricanes that barrel through the central Pacific Ocean many summers.
HONOLULU (AP) — Fewer people are visiting the Big Island of Hawaii as opportunities to watch Kilauea volcano's eruption have dwindled.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority said Tuesday that the number of visitors to the island dropped 4.8 percent in June compared to the same month last year. Statewide, the number of visitors grew 7.3 percent.
Spending by Big Island travelers declined 0.9 percent during the month. Across the state, visitor spending rose 10.3 percent.
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A museum at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park might not reopen because the erupting Kilauea volcano could make the site unusable, officials said.
Artifacts from the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum were being removed last week because park staff saw building cracks inside the museum, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported .
HONOLULU (AP) — The lava pours from the ceilings. It explodes from the mountaintop. It creeps, then pours and roars down the mountainside as people frantically try to escape — with dinosaurs chasing after them.
It's the opening act of a major summer blockbuster, but the eruption part is reality for people who live under Hawaii's Kilauea and Guatemala's Fuego volcanoes.
Scientists Reap Data from Rumbling Volcano
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's Kilauea volcano may be disrupting life in paradise with its bursts of ash and bright-orange lava, but it also has scientists wide-eyed, eager to advance what's known about volcanoes.
The good news is: Volcanoes reveal secrets when they're rumbling, which means Kilauea is producing a bonanza of information.
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano (all times local):
A magnitude 5.6 earthquake has struck the summit of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano summit, sending a plume of ash and rock about 10,000 feet into the sky.
Hawaii County officials said the Wednesday eruption could cause ash to fall over some populated areas, including the towns of Volcano and Pahala.
NEW YORK (AP) — Guatemala's Volcano of Fire erupted over the weekend, spewing deadly clouds and rivers of ash and pulverized rock. It is one of 11 active volcanoes in the Central America country that is along the so-called Ring of Fire.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — With Kilauea volcano threatening to erupt, Hawaii tourism officials say it has been nearly impossible to predict revenue generated from visitors.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has captivated people around the world by shooting lava high into the sky and sending rivers of molten rock pouring down hillsides into the ocean over the past month.
But Kilauea is only one of many volcanoes in Hawaii. Here's a look at some of the others.
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island (all times local):
Three lava flows from an erupting volcano are now flowing into the ocean off Hawaii's Big Island.
Hawaii County officials say the third flow started pouring into the sea Thursday. Lava is spewing from a fissure in a rural community that's feeding the two other flows that are reaching the waves.
The eruption of Mount Kilauea in Hawaii is a reminder to business owners, even those nowhere near any of the 169 volcanoes in the U.S., that they could be vulnerable to nature's most destructive forces. And that they need to be sure they're insured against disasters like tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes and flooding.
Indonesia’s most volatile volcano erupts again
YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's most volatile volcano spewed smoke and ash early Monday in the latest of several eruptions in less than two weeks.
Mount Merapi on the main island of Java erupted twice, sending a column of volcanic material up to 1,200 meters (3,930 feet) into the air and making ash fall in several villages, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the disaster mitigation agency spokesman.
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has erupted from its summit, shooting a dusty plume of ash about 30,000 feet into the sky.
Mike Poland, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, confirmed the explosion on Thursday. It comes after more than a dozen fissures recently opened miles to the east of the crater and spewed lava into neighborhoods.
Those areas were evacuated as lava destroyed at least 26 homes and 10 other structures.
HONOLULU (AP) — In rural Hawaii neighborhoods where lava from Kilauea volcano has burned down or threatened to consume the homes, a name often comes up: Pele (peh-leh).
"You can't really predict what Pele is going to do," said Julie Woolsey, who evacuated on May 3 as a fissure opened on her street, oozing lava just 1,000 feet from her home.
Here is more information about Pele and why the goddess is revered:
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Whether spewing from the ground in red plumes or crawling in a fiery blob across neighborhoods, lava from the Kilauea volcano has produced the most arresting images of the recent eruption. But not all lava is created equal, and the differences could offer hints about the volcano's behavior.
For instance, the age of lava and the rate at which it bursts out can provide clues about the length and intensity of volcanic activity.
AP photographer Bullit Marquez has been chronicling in dazzling imagery the eruption of one of Asia’s most picturesque volcanoes, Mount Mayon, which has displaced more than 78,000 villagers in the northeastern Philippines. For nearly two weeks, Mayon — famous for its near-perfect cone shape — has increasingly been gushing red-hot lava fountains, belching huge columns of ash and molten rocks into the sky and plunging outlying villages and cities in darkness due to the falling ash.