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Indonesia volcano erupts killing at least 16 people

At least 16 people have been killed by Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano, which erupted yesterday after becoming increasingly active in recent months.

Villagers run as Mount Sinabung erupts at Sigarang-Garang village in Karo district, Indonesia's North Sumatra province. Credit: Reuters

It is the first time it is known to have claimed any lives, a senior government official confirmed.

The government has evacuated tens of thousands of residents near the area.


Japan: A new volcanic island emerges from sea

An underwater volcano spits out clouds of heavy smoke, shooting ash and rocks high up in the sky. Then the smoke clears out and a new steaming island emerges in Japanese waters.

A new island emerged in the Pacific "Ring of fire." Credit: REUTERS/Kyodo

Measuring roughly 200 meters in diameter, the newly created piece of land is the latest addition to Japan's 6,000 islands.

Japanese researchers say it's the first newly formed island in the area since 1974.

A new island in Japan Credit: REUTERS/Kyodo

What will the Japanese call their new territory? Scientists say it's too early to be looking for a name, as in the past, similar newly formed islands sank back into the sea.

Red alert for Copahue volcano last issued in December

Chile and Argentina have ordered a red alert and evacuation of around 3,000 people living near the Copahue volcano located between their shared border.

Last December, Chile also issued a red alert after the volcano started spewing ash and gas, resulting in a cloud of ash almost a mile (1.5 kms) high in the Biobio region.

Copahue is one of the most active volcanoes in the region.

Chile and Argentina order evacuation of volcano

Authorities in Chile and Argentina have ordered the evacuation of around 3,000 people near the Copahue volcano, warning the Chilean volcano could erupt at any moment.

The Copahue volcano in late 2012. Credit: Reuters

The volcano, which is 310 miles south of capital Santiago and located between Chile's Bio Bio region and Argentina's Neuquen province, has seen increasing seismic activity in recent weeks.

Chilean Interior Minister Andres Chadwick said: "This doesn't necessarily mean the volcano will start erupting.

"But according to the Sernageomin (National Geological and Mining Service), the volcano is now in a process that could culminate in an eruption, for that reason we've issued a red alert and the evacuation."


NASA satellite shows space view of volcanic ash cloud

A NASA satellite has captured a volcano in south-east Asia spewing ash into the air, as seen from space.

The satellite detected a white cloud of smoke and ash drifting northwest over the sea Credit: Robert Simmon, NASA's Earth Observatory, using data from USGS and NASA

The image of the Paluweh volcano in Indonesia's Flores Sea was taken on 29 April by the Landsat Data Continuity Mission satellite.

The volcano on the five-mile-wide island has been spewing ash in recent months Credit: Robert Simmon, NASA's Earth Observatory, using data from USGS and NASA

Volcano erupts in Philippines killing five climbers

Smoke rises from the volcano as seen from nearby Legazpi city Credit: AP

At least five climbers have died in the Philippines after one of the countries most active volcanoes erupted.

Rescue workers are trying to reach more than a dozen mountaineers after Mayon, about 212 miles south east of Manila, suddenly exploded

Officials say it is quite normal for the volcano to erupt, but that climbers were not usually allowed on its slopes if there were reports of seismic activity.

The volcano last erupted three years ago, and has erupted 40 times during the last 400 years

It's understood that more than a dozen climbers are still trapped on the mountain. Credit: AP

Chile issues red alert over erupting volcano

Chile is issuing a red alert for a volcano on the border with Argentina that has become increasingly active.

The Copahue volcano in Argentina's Neuquen province started spewing ash and gas yesterday and officials issued a yellow and orange alert.

Chile's emergency office ONEMI raised the alert today after it registered seismic activity and a cloud of ash almost a mile (1.5 kms) high in the Biobio region .