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19,000 Indonesians flee erupting volcano

More than 19,000 people have been displaced by a volcano in Indonesia that has been erupting for months and shot lava into the air nine times overnight, an official said Tuesday. Mount Sinabung on the western island of Sumatra sent hot rocks and ash 7,000 metres (23,000 feet) in the air Monday night and Tuesday morning, National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. "Mount Sinabung remains on the highest alert level and we have warned there should be no human activity within a five-kilometre (three-mile) radius of the crater," Nugroho said.

El Salvador volcano emits more ash, gases

By Hugo Sanchez SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - A volcano in eastern El Salvador belched more ash and gases on Monday after a big eruption on Sunday that forced more than 1,600 people into emergency shelters. No major injuries or damage were reported. The Chaparrastique volcano, which is about 140 km (87 miles) east of the capital San Salvador, spewed ash over a wide area known for its coffee plantations on Sunday.

More than 2,000 evacuated after El Salvador volcano eruption

San Salvador, Dec 30 (EFE).- Some 2,200 people have been evacuated following an eruption of El Salvador's Chaparrastique volcano, authorities said Monday. "We have 2,214 people staying" in the 13 shelters in the city of San Miguel and other towns near the volcano, emergency services chief Jorge Melendez told Salvadoreña television. He added that some local residents have found shelter in the homes of family members or friends, and regretted that "many people still have not left the area" despite the evacuation order.

More than 2,000 evacuated after El Salvador volcano eruption

San Salvador, Dec 30 (EFE).- Some 2,200 people have been evacuated following an eruption of El Salvador's Chaparrastique volcano, authorities said Monday. "We have 2,214 people staying" in the 13 shelters in the city of San Miguel and other towns near the volcano, emergency services chief Jorge Melendez told Salvadoreña television. He added that some local residents have found shelter in the homes of family members or friends, and regretted that "many people still have not left the area" despite the evacuation order.

Thousands evacuated as El Salvador volcano spews ashes

Some 2,000 people were evacuated in eastern El Salvador Sunday when the Chaparrastique volcano belched and spewed a column of ashes high into the sky. The 2,330 meter high volcano began erupting around 1630 GMT, and authorities suspended scores of flights across parts of the small Central American country. No victims were reported. The volcano belched for about 2.5 hours, the environmental ministry said.

Volcano erupts in eastern El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - The Chaparrastique volcano in eastern El Salvador erupted on Sunday, environment officials said, belching a column of ash high into the air. There were no immediate reports of injuries in the San Miguel region, where the volcano is located and that is known for its coffee production. (Reporting by Hugo Sanchez; Editing by Eric Beech)

Volcanic formation conjoins existing Japan island

A smouldering islet created by undersea volcanic eruptions off Japan's Pacific coast has melded to a nearby island, the Japanese coastguard said Thursday. Officials overflying the new landmass said it had merged at two points with Nishino-shima, an uninhabited volcanic island in the Ogasawara (Bonin) chain, some 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) south of Tokyo. Two craters on the islet have been erupting "at an interval of 30 seconds to one minute," spewing brown smoke about 100 metres (330 feet) high, a coastguard statement said.

Italy volcano eruption dies down, airport re-opens

A spectacular eruption of the Mount Etna volcano in Sicily in southern Italy died down on Tuesday, allowing the nearby airport of Catania to re-open after a two-day stoppage that disrupted dozens of flights. The 3,350-metre (10,990-foot) high volcano began erupting on Saturday -- the most intense activity seen in months -- with its lava flow lighting up the night sky and clouds of ash billowing out of its summit.

Sicily airport stays shut due to volcano eruption

Catania airport in Sicily stayed shut on Monday due to an ongoing eruption of nearby Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, airport officials said. Catania, along with the smaller airport of Comiso, was closed on Sunday due to the clouds of ash in the sky. The company that manages Catania, Sec, said the "direction and intensity of the wind" meant that ash from the eruption was a danger to flights. Five flights were cancelled on Monday and were re-routed to Palermo also in Sicily or to Reggio Calabria in the neighbouring Calabria region.

Volcanic eruption shuts Italy airport

The eruption of the Mount Etna volcano in Sicily on Sunday forced the closure of nearby Catania airport because of the plumes of ash billowing into the sky, airport officials said. Twenty-one scheduled departures from Catania had to be scrapped and 26 arrivals re-routed to alternative destinations. The smaller airport of Comiso in the area was also closed down. Sac, the company that manages Catania airport, said in a statement that "the wind direction and intensity" meant the ash was a risk to flights and it had to close off its air space.
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