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Travel is something we all love; visiting a foreign land can be thrilling, educational and horizon-expanding. But the actual travel part – getting from here to there – can be exhausting and frustrating. And this week there was plenty in the news about the in-flight experience… some good, some bad and some that depends on your perspective. First, the good.…

El Hierro, the smallest of the heavily visited Canary Islands, is evacuating a targeted group of residents and tourists this week. This comes in response to the spike in intensity of the tremors that the Spanish National Geographic Institute began reporting in July and the fear that these events could lead to a volcanic eruption. El Hierro’s last reported eruption…

Reports from Sulawesi in Indonesia indicate that once again thousands are fleeing smoke, ash and lava from a spectacular eruption. Whether Indonesia, Chile, Iceland or Eritrea—volcanic activity is grabbing headlines and has made us wonder if world travelers are increasingly likely to encounter active volcanoes. We asked Robert Peckyno, webmaster for Volcano World at Oregon State University, what scientists think.…

Ten days of intermittent erupting by Chile’s Puyehue volcano has created an ash cloud stretching 6,000 miles through the atmosphere to Australia and New Zealand. The latest news reports carry accounts of cancelled flights throughout the southern hemisphere. On the ground, volcanic ash closed roads in southern Patagonia (Argentina).  Air traffic is reportedly often able to skirt the ash particles…

Mount Merapi erupted just before dusk on Tuesday, shaking the region and spawning more than 600 earthquakes.  According to a New York Times report, the eruption killed at least 29 people, and many others are being treated for respiratory issues and severe burns.  Tens of thousands of people have been driven from their homes, many of which no longer stand.  The area…

The most volatile volcano in Indonesia has been experiencing increased activity in the past 24 hours.  On Monday, the Indonesian government raised the alert for Mount Merapi to the highest level and reported that the magma has risen to about 1km below the surface. About 500 volcanic earthquakes were recorded on the mountain over the weekend.  Officials have reported that…

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