Volcanology http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/30688/all en Work begins on Pompeii's 105 million euro makeover http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/work-begins-pompeiis-105-million-euro-makeover-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Conservation workers at the long-neglected Roman city of Pompeii began a 105-million euro ($142-million) makeover partly funded by the EU on Wednesday, a day after former site managers were put under investigation for corruption.</p> <p>The project, which is being funded to the tune of 41.8 million euros from the European Union and is to be completed by 2015, is seen as crucial for the survival of Pompeii after a series of collapses at the 44-hectare site in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/work-begins-pompeiis-105-million-euro-makeover-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Campania Italy Volcanology AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:17:13 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747653 at http://www.globalpost.com EU moves to save crumbling Pompeii, protect it from mafia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/eu-moves-save-crumbling-pompeii-protect-it-mafia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ROME, Feb 6 (Reuters) - The European Union launched a 105 million euro ($142.05 million) restoration of the Roman city of Pompeii on Wednesday, and said it would seek to protect conservation funds from the mafia.</p> <p>The project began a day after police arrested a restorer on suspicion of pocketing hugely inflated fees for work at the crumbling Roman town, a world heritage site that was declared to be in a state of emergency in 2008 due to its deterioration.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/eu-moves-save-crumbling-pompeii-protect-it-mafia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Campania Organized crime Volcanology Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:01:21 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5747802 at http://www.globalpost.com Strong 7.0 quake rattles buildings in Colombia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/strong-70-quake-rattles-buildings-colombia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake rumbled across southern Colombia on Saturday, injuring at least eight people and damaging more than 140 buildings, authorities said.</p> <p>The quake was felt as far away as Quito, Ecuador and Bogota, where buildings swayed under the force of the tremor, which the US Geological Survey said measured a strong 7.0 on the moment magnitude scale.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/strong-70-quake-rattles-buildings-colombia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology Volcanism Volcanology AFP Sat, 09 Feb 2013 20:18:23 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751325 at http://www.globalpost.com CORRECTED: Strong 7.0 quake rattles buildings in Colombia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/corrected-strong-70-quake-rattles-buildings-colombia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake rumbled across southern Colombia on Saturday, injuring at least eight people and damaging more than 140 buildings, authorities said.</p> <p>The quake was felt as far away as Quito, Ecuador and Bogota, where buildings swayed under the force of the tremor, which the US Geological Survey said measured a strong 7.0 on the moment magnitude scale.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/corrected-strong-70-quake-rattles-buildings-colombia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology Volcanism Volcanology AFP Sat, 09 Feb 2013 22:15:55 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751404 at http://www.globalpost.com Earthquake strikes off New Zealand's Kermadec Islands http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/earthquake-strikes-new-zealands-kermadec-islands <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck off New Zealand's Kermadec Islands early Tuesday, the US Geological Survey reported.</p> <p>The quake hit at 12:19 am (1219 GMT Monday) at a depth of 34 km (21 miles), about 161 km south of Raoul Island in the Kermadecs. </p> <p>The largely uninhabited islands are northeast of New Zealand's North Island.</p> <p>A magnitude 6.0 quake struck off North Island Saturday.</p> <p>A shallow 6.3-magnitude quake devastated the New Zealand city of Christchurch in the South Island in February last year, leaving 185 people dead.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/earthquake-strikes-new-zealands-kermadec-islands" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology New Zealand Volcanism Volcanology AFP Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:16:21 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5758958 at http://www.globalpost.com Hundreds of quakes shake villages around smoking Peruvian volcano http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130226/hundreds-quakes-shake-villages-around-smoking-peruvian-volcano <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LIMA, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Hundreds of small earthquakes have shaken the earth around the Sabancaya volcano in southern Peru over just a few days and the rumbling, along with plumes of smoke spewing up to 320 feet (100 meters) high, have put officials on alert to evacuate the area.</p> <p>Peru's geological agency Ingemmet recorded some 536 quakes, about 20 an hour, on Feb. 22 and 23 and periodic movement is ongoing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130226/hundreds-quakes-shake-villages-around-smoking-peruvian-volcano" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology Volcanism Volcanology Thomson Reuters Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:15:41 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5767818 at http://www.globalpost.com Ancient megavolcanoes killed half the world's species http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/ancient-megavolcanoes-killed-half-the-worlds-species <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>New rock dating techniques have helped narrow the timeframe of a chain of massive volcanic eruptions that wiped out half the world's species 200 million years ago, a study said Thursday.</p> <p>The result is the most precise date yet -- 201,564,000 years ago -- for the event known as the End-Triassic Extinction, or the fourth mass extinction, said the study in the journal Science.</p> <p>The eruptions "had to be a hell of an event," said co-author Dennis Kent, a paleomagnetism expert at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/ancient-megavolcanoes-killed-half-the-worlds-species" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology Plate tectonics Technology Volcanology AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 18:16:26 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5790227 at http://www.globalpost.com Iceland sees unusual seismic activity at Hekla volcano http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/iceland-sees-unusual-seismic-activity-at-hekla-volcano <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Iceland on Tuesday reported unusual seismic activity at Mount Hekla, one of its most active volcanos, and raised its alert level but said no eruption was imminent.</p> <p>The Icelandic Met Office said it had raised its aviation warning level a notch Tuesday for the first time in two years following "elevated unrest above a known background level during the last weeks."</p> <p>The office told AFP there was no smoke rising from the mountain, but dark clouds seen from the ground could lead people to think there had been an eruption.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/iceland-sees-unusual-seismic-activity-at-hekla-volcano" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology Iceland Plate tectonics Volcanology AFP Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:16:23 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5794387 at http://www.globalpost.com Guatemala counting on tourism to boost economy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130408/guatemala-counting-tourism-boost-economy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Guatemala City, Apr 8 (EFE).- The Guatemalan Tourism Institute, or Inguat, will increase advertising the country as a destination for foreign visitors with the aim of boosting the economy.</p> <p>The markets of the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as El Salvador and Honduras, are the primary areas for promoting Guatemala as a vacation destination, Inguat director Pedro Duchez told reporters.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130408/guatemala-counting-tourism-boost-economy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology Guatemala Technology Volcanology Agencia EFE Tue, 09 Apr 2013 00:30:57 +0000 Agencia EFE 5806064 at http://www.globalpost.com Four climbers dead, two missing on Japan mountains http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130429/four-climbers-dead-two-missing-japan-mountains <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Four climbers died over the weekend and two others are missing on mountains including Mount Fuji in central Japan, police and news reports said Monday.</p> <p>Police said that on Sunday they found the body of a 56-year-old woman who had been missing since an avalanche hit a group of climbers on Mount Shirouma in Nagano prefecture the previous day.</p> <p>"We have continued searching for two male climbers who were feared to be involved in the same avalanche," said a spokesman for the Nagano Police Department.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130429/four-climbers-dead-two-missing-japan-mountains" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology Volcanism Volcanology AFP Mon, 29 Apr 2013 08:00:05 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5827458 at http://www.globalpost.com Mt. Fuji to become World Heritage site http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130430/mt-fuji-become-world-heritage-site <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Japan's iconic Mt. Fuji has been recommended for registration as a World Heritage site by an advisory panel to UNESCO, the government said Tuesday.</p> <p> The highest mountain in Japan is expected to be formally listed in June when the World Heritage Committee of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization meets in Cambodia.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130430/mt-fuji-become-world-heritage-site" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology Volcanism Volcanology Kyodo News International Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:51:26 +0000 Kyodo News International 5828810 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan cheers nod for Mt. Fuji as World Heritage, saddened over Kamakura http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130501/japan-cheers-nod-mt-fuji-world-heritage-saddened-over- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Japan's pursuit to put its iconic Mt. Fuji and a group of cultural assets in the ancient city of Kamakura on the World Heritage list was a mix of success and failure, as officials and residents on Wednesday cheered only for the country's highest peak.</p> <p> Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a statement he is "very happy" for Mt. Fuji but finds it "very unfortunate" that Japan's request to recommend Kamakura assets was turned down.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130501/japan-cheers-nod-mt-fuji-world-heritage-saddened-over-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology Politics Volcanism Volcanology Kyodo News International Wed, 01 May 2013 13:15:06 +0000 Kyodo News International 5829193 at http://www.globalpost.com Three feared dead after Philippine volcano explosion http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130506/three-feared-dead-after-philippine-volcano-explosion <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Three people are feared dead after one of the Philippines' most active volcanoes spewed a giant ash cloud on Tuesday, with foreign tourists on its slopes during the eruption, authorities said.</p> <p>National Disaster Rick Reduction and Management Council chief Eduardo del Rosario said local officials had reported that three people had been killed and four were injured, although this had yet to be confirmed.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130506/three-feared-dead-after-philippine-volcano-explosion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology Volcanism Volcanology AFP Tue, 07 May 2013 03:15:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5832217 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippines volcano spews giant cloud of ash http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130506/philippines-volcano-spews-giant-cloud-ash <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>One of the Philippines' most active volcanoes spewed a giant cloud of ash on Tuesday, triggering a rescue effort after reports that a group of tourists was trapped climbing the peak.</p> <p>Chief state seismologist Renato Solidum however said people living around Mount Mayon did not need to evacuate, describing the event as a "minor steam-driven explosion" of ash deposits at the crater mouth making contact with rain.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130506/philippines-volcano-spews-giant-cloud-ash" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology Volcanism Volcanology AFP Tue, 07 May 2013 03:45:29 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5832226 at http://www.globalpost.com Four dead as Philippine volcano erupts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130507/four-dead-philippine-volcano-erupts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Three German tourists and their Filipino tour guide were crushed to death when one of the Philippines' most active volcanoes spewed a giant ash cloud and a hail of rocks on Tuesday, authorities said.</p> <p>Up to 20 foreigners and their guides were on the slopes of picturesque Mount Mayon when it erupted without warning, and rescue workers had been dispatched on helicopters to search for survivors, officials and a tour operator said.</p> <p>"It rained like hell with stones," local tour operator Marti Calleja quoted an Austrian woman who survived the ordeal as saying.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130507/four-dead-philippine-volcano-erupts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geology Plate tectonics Volcanology AFP Tue, 07 May 2013 07:45:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5832292 at http://www.globalpost.com