Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
..
. Earth Science News .




SHAKE AND BLOW
New Indonesian volcanic eruption halts search
by Staff Writers
Karo, Indonesia (AFP) Feb 03, 2014


Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spews ash amid explosions
Quito (AFP) Feb 03, 2014 - A series of explosions rocked Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano, spewing columns of ash into the air that reached as far as Quito.

Ash fall from the plumes was reported up to 130 kilometers (80 miles) north in the Ecuadoran capital, authorities said.

"There were five explosions of a moderate to large size, which sounded like heavy gunfire for several miles," director of the Geophysical Institute Mario Ruiz told the Gama TV channel.

Tungurahua, which in the Quechua language means "throat of fire," has been erupting since 1999.

Located in central Tungurahua province, it came rumbling to life again on Saturday, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of people from nearby villages.

Wind currents were carrying the ash in a northerly direction on Monday, but on Sunday ash fell as far south as the province of Loja, which borders Peru.

"Most volcanic ash is suspended in the atmosphere south of Quito," the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology said on Twitter Monday, as the country's Emergency Operations Committee met.

Ash fall was reported in multiple Tungurahua towns, security service ECU-911 said on its Twitter account, adding that seismic activity was "high."

Authorities have not reported any casualties or damage.

Authorities declared an emergency in high-risk areas in Tungurahua and Chimborazo provinces after Saturday's "significant activity."

Multiple villages are located in the vicinity of the volcano, which stands at 5,029 meters (16,500 feet).

The volcano took its greatest toll in 2006, when a Chimborazo village was destroyed by lava, killing six people.

A volcano in western Indonesia that killed 15 people in a weekend eruption shot hot ash and rocks high into the air again Monday, halting a search for any more victims.

Before they stopped their search, a rescue team found the charred wreckage of motorcycles buried under ash which they believe had been carrying some of those killed by Mount Sinabung's eruption on Saturday.

The weekend eruption was the first to claim any lives since Sinabung on Sumatra island rumbled back to life in September after lying dormant for several years, and sent vast clouds cascading down its slopes.

On Monday Sinabung, which often erupts numerous times a day, spewed clouds of hot ash and rocks up to 2,500 metres (8,200 feet) into the air, the national disaster agency said.

"For the safety of the rescuers we decided to temporarily halt the search operation at midday," local rescue agency chief Rochmali, who goes by one name, told AFP. There were no reports of new casualties from the latest eruption.

He added that rescuers had yet to see any signs of life during their search on Monday and did not believe anyone else was still missing.

However he said the team had found the wreckage of eight motorbikes believed to have been carrying 14 of those killed in Saturday's eruption.

The bikes were inside the five-kilometre (three-mile) danger zone, an area decreed by the authorities that was supposed to be off-limits, he added.

Rochmali said officials were considering a permanent halt to the search and would decide later Monday.

The weekend eruption blanketed the countryside surrounding the volcano with grey ash.

Most of the victims -- who were mainly local tourists and included four high-school students -- died instantly when they were cloaked in clouds of hot gas and ash.

Sinabung is one of 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a belt of seismic activity running around the basin of the Pacific Ocean.

The country's most active volcano, Mount Merapi in central Java, killed more than 350 people in a series of eruptions in 2010.

.


Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





SHAKE AND BLOW
Fears death toll could rise in Indonesia volcano eruption
Karo, Indonesia (AFP) Feb 02, 2014
Indonesian officials searched through thick ash for bodies Sunday after Mount Sinabung volcano erupted, killing at least 15 people, with the only sign of life an ownerless mobile phone ringing inside an abandoned bag. Dark, searing clouds engulfed victims during the eruption on Saturday, leaving rescuers with little hope of finding survivors as they searched through ash up to 30 centimetres ... read more


SHAKE AND BLOW
Fire erupts at US nuclear waste plant

Repairs may mean darker hue for Rio's iconic Christ statue

Prisoners again bolt typhoon-damaged Philippine jail

One in 4 Japan tsunami children needs psychiatric care

SHAKE AND BLOW
Google mystery barge may be homeless

Microwires as mobile phone sensors

New NASA Laser Technology Reveals How Ice Measures Up

Chameleon of the sea reveals its secrets

SHAKE AND BLOW
Smithsonian reports fiery-red coral species discovered in the Peruvian Pacific

Can workshops on household water use impact consumer behavior?

World Bank still backs DR Congo Inga III hydro project

Weak El Nino possible by mid-2014: WMO

SHAKE AND BLOW
The storm before the calm

A 'smoking gun' on the Ice Age megafauna extinctions

Thinning of Arctic lake ice cuts winter ice season by 24 days

Disappearing snow increases risk of collapsing ice shelves in Antarctica

SHAKE AND BLOW
Herbicides may not be sole cause of declining plant diversity

Local foods offer tangible economic benefits in some regions

Are invasive plants a problem in Europe? Controversial views among invasion biologists

Beneficial insects, nematodes not harmed by genetically modified, insect-resistant crops

SHAKE AND BLOW
New Indonesian volcanic eruption halts search

New quake inflicts fresh damage on Greek island

Cut off by floods, British village becomes an island

Philippine typhoon survivors brace for new storm

SHAKE AND BLOW
'Do not disappoint', Nigeria's new top brass told

Vodacom sees surge in Africa mobile data usage

Head of Algeria ruling party attacks powerful intel chief

Zambia national park mining plan draws protests

SHAKE AND BLOW
Researchers discover how brain regions work together, or alone

Experiments show human brain uses one code for space, time, distance

Neanderthal lineages excavated from modern human genomes

When populations collide




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement