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New Japan volcano island 'natural lab' for life

Toukyo - A brand new island emerging off the coast of Japan offers scientists a rare opportunity to study how life begins to colonise barren land -- helped by rotting bird poo and hatchling vomit.

Two dead as powerful typhoon clips north Philippines

Manila - Two people have been killed in a powerful typhoon that grazed the Philippines' northeastern tip, according to authorities who said Monday that the evacuation of coastal villages and volcanic slopes averted a higher toll.

Thousands flee as typhoon hits north Philippines

Manila - Typhoon Noul slammed into the northern tip of the Philippines Sunday, triggering warnings of possible flash floods, landslides and storm surges and prompting almost 3,000 people to flee their homes.

Hundreds flee rumbling Philippines volcano, typhoon

Sorsogon - Hundreds of people fled their homes on the slopes of a rumbling Philippine volcano on Friday as authorities warned of rain-driven mudflows from an approaching typhoon that could bury them alive.

Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano spews ash on capital

San Jos - Turrialba volcano spewed a column of smoke and ash on Monday that reached Costa Rica's capital San Jose 60 kilometers (40 miles) away, authorities said.

Chile's Calbuco volcano erupts for third time

Santiago - Southern Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted again Thursday, releasing a large column of smoke in a towering arc, just over a week after it spectacularly roared to life following half a century of inactivity.

Chile volcano eruption costs region $600 mn: Official

Puerto Varas - Last week's spectacular twin eruptions of the Calbuco volcano will cost southern Chile's Los Lagos region, a tourism and agriculture hub, up to $600 million, a local business leader said Monday.

Chile begins volcano clean-up under eruption threat

Ensenada - Residents whose homes were buried under mounds of stinking volcanic ash in southern Chile began the painstaking clean-up Sunday, under the threat of more eruptions from the volatile Calbuco volcano.

Flights disrupted as Chile volcano spews more ash

Puerto Varas - Ash from Chile's spewing Calbuco volcano threatened Saturday to spell travel misery in the region and beyond after it triggered the cancellation of domestic and international flights in several cities.

Chile volcano belches more smoke after twin eruptions

Ensenada - A large column of smoke streamed from Chile's Calbuco volcano Friday, prompting new warnings that it could erupt again after unexpectedly roaring back to life and forcing thousands to evacuate.

Chile volcano erupts for first time in decades

Metropolitana - A volcano in Chile that had been inactive for over 50 years suddenly erupted twice in the space of hours, blasting huge clouds of ash into the air and forcing the evacuation of around 5,000 people.

VIDEO: Chile declares emergency as Calbuco volcano erupts

Santiago - Southern Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted on Wednesday for the first time in nearly half a century, spewing a giant funnel of ash high into the sky and prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency.

'Volcano of Fire' spews ash on Mexican city

- Mexico's Colima volcano spewed a giant 3.5-kilometer-high (two miles) column of ash on Thursday that rained down on a nearby city, authorities said.

Airport shut as Costa Rica volcano spews more ash

San Jos - San Jose's international airport was forced to close and several villages were evacuated after clouds of ash from the newly active Turrialba volcano reached the Costa Rican capital, authorities said.

Red alert lifted for Chilean volcano

Santiago - Authorities Friday lifted a red alert for the area surrounding a southern Chile volcano, whose brief but fiery eruption forced the evacuation of thousands of people amid a shower of fire and ash earlier in the week.

Thousands evacuated as Chile volcano erupts

Metropolitana - A volcano in southern Chile erupted early Tuesday, spewing fiery plumes of lava into the night sky and forcing the evacuation of some 3,600 people from nearby towns.

Mexico volcanic ash disrupts US, domestic flights

Puebla - Volcanic ash rained down on the runway of an airport in central Mexico, forcing it to close for several hours on Wednesday and disrupting domestic flights and those to the US.

Guatemala 'fire volcano' eruption subsides

Guatemala City - Guatemala's Fuego volcano calmed down Sunday after an eruption blanketed nearby towns in ash, the nation's volcano monitor reported.Guatemala City's La Aurora airport remained closed due to ash that had fallen on the runway.

Dirty milky rain falls over Washington and Oregon

Residents of Washington and Oregon are cleaning up a strange white milky residue that fell from the sky during the last rain storm.

Man in NZ drinks beer while toasting marshmallow over volcano

A man from Christchurch, New Zealand decided to casually drink a beer while roasting marshmallows over an active volcano.

Volcanic eruption in Cape Verde destroys two villages

Praia - The biggest eruption of Cape Verde volcano Pico do Fogo in decades has destroyed two villages and threatens a forest reserve Tuesday, officials said.

Fresh lava spews out of Philippine volcano, stoking eruption fears

Manila - Lava is again flowing out of Mayon, the Philippines' most active volcano, raising fears an eruption could be imminent, authorities said Sunday.The government has already evacuated around 63,000 people living inside a six-kilometre (3.

US military officials feared dead as typhoon slams into Japan

Tokyo - Strong typhoon Phanfone made landfall in central Japan on Monday, slamming into the archipelago with winds of 180 kilometres (112 miles) per hour and making a beeline for Tokyo, the country's meteorological agency said.

Four more bodies found on Japan volcano as typhoon nears

Tokyo - Authorities found four more bodies on a still-smouldering Japanese volcano Saturday as they resumed a search stalled by heavy rain, but a typhoon threatened to further hamper the recovery operation.

16 still missing on Japan volcano, typhoon threatens recovery

Tokyo - Sixteen people remain unaccounted for on a still-smouldering Japanese volcano that erupted at the weekend, officials said Friday, as a typhoon looming off the coast threatened to further delay the stalled recovery operation.

Japan volcano dead found crushed between boulders: report

Tokyo - Rescuers searching the volcano that erupted without warning in Japan found dead hikers wedged between huge rocks and people half buried in ash, it emerged Thursday.

Japan volcano death toll hits 47 as new bodies found

Otaki - The death toll from a sudden volcanic eruption in Japan hit 47 on Wednesday as rescuers discovered 11 new bodies in so-far unexplored areas of the ash-covered peak.

Fears over fresh eruption cancel Japan volcano search

Tokyo - Rescue operations on a Japanese volcano were halted for the day on Tuesday because of fears there could be a fresh eruption, officials said, with at least 24 bodies still on the mountain.

Japan volcano rescue suspended as death toll rises to 36

Tokyo - Five more bodies were found near the peak of an erupting Japanese volcano on Monday, as rescuers suspended their search because of the growing danger from toxic gas.

More than 30 feared dead on Japan volcano

Tokyo - The first deaths were confirmed Sunday among more than 30 hikers feared killed near the peak of a Japanese volcano that erupted without warning, spewing ash, rocks and steam.
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