At least 16 people have been killed by Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano, which erupted yesterday after becoming increasingly active in recent months.
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.
A volcanic eruption has raised a new Japanese island. Measuring roughly 200 meters in diameter, the newly created piece of land is the latest addition to Japan's 6,000 islands.
Video credit: Japan Coast Guard
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.
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.
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.
A volcano erupted in south west Japan coating a nearby city in a layer of ash.
Ash wafted as high as five kilometres above the Sakurajima volcano in the southern city of Kagoshima, forming the highest plume since the Japan Meteorological Agency started keeping records in 2006.
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.
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."
A NASA satellite has captured a volcano in south-east Asia spewing ash into the air, as seen from space.
The image of the Paluweh volcano in Indonesia's Flores Sea was taken on 29 April by the Landsat Data Continuity Mission satellite.
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
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 .
Massive smoke plumes rise from Mount Etna as Europe's tallest and most active volcano erupted for the fourth time in 2012.
The volcano, located above the Sicilian town of Catania, did not cause any disruption to the area and all airports remained open.