Mount Etna is spewing lava above the Sicilian port of Riposto after cracks opened up in Europe's most active volcano. Its last eruption was six months ago when minor earthquakes caused extensive damage to nearby buildings. But the latest blasts are happening close to the summit and pose limited threat to people, an expert says. Cracks have now opened up allowing lava to spew down the side of the mountain. Eugenio Privitera, the director in Catania of Italy's National Institute of Geophsyics and Volcanology, says visitors to the mountain will have to be kept away for their own safety. He says the latest active phase could be over quickly, or go on for months. Etna is a popular tourist destination and its eruptions, especially when seen at night, are spectacular to watch. Its last eruption was six months ago when minor earthquakes caused extensive damage to nearby buildings. But the latest blasts are happening close to the summit and pose limited threat to people, an expert … [Read more...] about Lava flows down the summit of Mount Etna above a Sicilian port
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MOUNT Everest is the world’s highest mountain and its severe conditions making it an extremely risky summit to climb. Sadly, many people have died this year trying to reach the top. Here’s what we know. How many people have died this year? A British climber was a the tenth person to die on Mount Everest after falling ill in the “death zone”. Robin Haynes Fisher, 41, was 150m from the top of the world's highest mountain when he fainted.Murari Sharma, of Everest Parivar Treks company - which arranged his logistics - said: "He died because of weakness after a long ascent and difficult descent. "He was descending with his sherpa guides from the summit when he suddenly fainted." The climber is the tenth person to die on Everest this season - with most suffering weakness, exhaustion and delays on the crowded route to the summit. Among the victims are four climbers from India, and one from the US, Austria and Nepal.Who else has died this year? Dad-of-two Kevin … [Read more...] about How many people have died climbing Mount Everest?
The Indonesian holiday hotspot island of Bali saw the 3,000-metre high Mount Agung erupt on Sunday. The eruption led to volcanic ash being spewed two kilometres up into the sky at 3.21am local time. There have been no reports of any injuries after the thick ash plume was seen drifting to the south-west. Related articles Bali volcano eruption: Mount Agung BLOWS- ash cloud spews 2km into sky Bali volcano eruption: The history behind Bali's sacred Mount Agung Is it safe to travel to Bali? Travelling to Bali in itself has not been listed as unsafe by officials. However, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to within four kilometres of the Mount Agung crater in east Bali after the eruption on Sunday. These are exclusion zones put in place by the local authorities due to ongoing volcanic activity. READ MORE: Bali volcano BREAKTHROUGH: Agung and Batur ‘are CONNECTED’ Bali volcano: Mount Agung seen on Tuesday, April 23 (Image: … [Read more...] about Bali volcano update 2019: Is it safe to travel to Bali? Latest warnings near Mount Agung
More than 278,000 people have died in volcanic eruptions since the 1600s, with five eruptions causing 58 percent of the recorded fatalities, according to the Global Volcano Model Network. When assessing which volcanoes are the most dangerous in the world several factors come into play. These factors include population density surrounding active volcanoes, eruption history and types of magma during eruptions. Related articles Yellowstone volcano SHOCK: How USGS scientists recorded ‘sudden RISE' Yellowstone volcano: 17 earthquakes strike Yellowstone in ONE DAY The most affected regions where volcanic eruptions can be deadly include the USA, Indonesia, the Philippines and parts of South America and Europe. The infamous Yellowstone supervolcano will not be on the list as it last erupted 664,000 years ago. However, it is worth mentioning that if an eruption did occur it would be thousands of times more powerful than a regular volcano and could result in changes felt across the … [Read more...] about Mount St Helens and Yellowstone: Most DANGEROUS volcanoes in the world MAPPED
Bali’s Mount Agung erupted in 1963 in a tragedy where more than 1,600 people died. The 1963 Agung eruption was one of the deadliest volcanic eruptions of the 20th Century, making it a vitally important site for scientific study. As with Agung appearing to reawaken from its 50-year slumber, a team led UK scientists have finally cracked the secrets of Bali’s notorious volcanos. Related articles Deadly ’ZOMBIE’ deer disease LATEST: Outbreak ’may spread to HUMANS' NASA in alien life BREAKTHROUGH after DNA discovery European Space Agency (ESA) satellite imagery has helped unlock the link between Agung and its neighbour, Mount Batur, found 10 miles (18 km) away. There is a magmatic system that is maybe shared between the two volcanos Dr Fabien Albino Scientists were studying the volcano as it awoke from a 50-year sleep to spew ash into the atmosphere for several weeks in 2017. Dr Fabien Albino, from the University of Bristol's School of Earth … [Read more...] about Bali volcano BREAKTHROUGH: Agung and Batur ‘are CONNECTED’, despite being 10 MILES apart