December 10, 2018

Mount Etna eruption intensifies

The eruption of Sicily's Mount Etna has intensified overnight with the volcano spewing out ash and shooting lava into the air. Italy's Civil Protection agency says the nation's geophysics and volcanology institute has registered increased explosive activity by Etna, eight days after the latest … [Read more...]

Another ash cloud from Chile volcano heading for New Zealand

A new cloud of volcanic ash from the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain in Chile is on its way to New Zealand. Dr Andrew Tupper from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre says the ash which is currently 2,000km south of Western Australia is headed in a north East direction. "It will obviously … [Read more...]

Old DC3 aircraft comes to the rescue for stranded ash cloud passengers

It first flew 67 years ago but a veteran DC3 aircraft is coming to the rescue for some New Zealand passengers left stranded by the volcanic ash cloud from the Chile Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano. Even Air New Zealand was forced to cancel flights today to and from Christchurch, Dunedin and … [Read more...]

Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano range erupts in Chile

The previously dormant Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano range, in Chile has erupted sending dense clouds of ash and smoke into the sky in the best display by a non-Icelandic volcano this year. The Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano range is collection of four interconnected volcanoes. It is the volcanic … [Read more...]

Scotland flights grounded as ash from Iceland volcano approaches

A dense cloud of ash from the Iceland volcano, Grimsvotn, is heading for Scotland, forcing one local airline to cancel nearly all its flights. There is currently no airspace closure over Scotland, but Glasgow-based regional airline Loganair has cancelled 36 flights scheduled for Tuesday morning. … [Read more...]

Iceland volcano ash heading for Europe

The eruption of Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland has forced the closure of the airspace over Iceland and the ash is heading toward Europe. "There are no international flights in or out of Iceland at this time," Keflavik International Airport spokeswoman Hjordis Gudmunsdottir said. Just in case you … [Read more...]

Mount Merapi cuts Obama Indonesia trip short

US President Barack Obama is cutting short his visit to Indonesia because of fears that volcanic ash from Mount Merapi might disrupt air travel. Specifically Air Force One air travel. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs earlier told reporters that officials were closely monitoring the ash cloud. … [Read more...]

Indonesian volcano Mt Merapi erupts

In what is fast becoming pick on Indonesia week, Mount Merapi an active volcano on the island of Java has erupted forcing thousands to flee and killing at least 15 people. Indonesian media reports that some of the dead were journalists staying at a guest house close to the volcano. The 3,000 … [Read more...]