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UPDATED: Tue., June 12, 2018, 11:49 a.m.

WSU and UI researchers say there’s more magma beneath Yellowstone caldera than previously thought

Based on research by WSU and UI, amount of magma under the Yellowstone caldera may be as much as double as what scientists previously thought.


Yes, Cascades volcanoes could blow — but not like Hawaii’s

As Mount Kilauea unleashes a world-class show of geologic force on Hawaii’s Big Island, some Northwesterners are eyeing the Cascade Range with a new wariness. It’s an empty threat at …


UPDATED: Mon., May 7, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

Science Says: Hawaii volcano has oozed hot lava for decades

Hawaii’s Kilauea is not your typical blow-the-top-off kind of volcano.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 3:12 p.m.

Ellensburg cops climb Washington five highest volcanoes – in five days

When the dust settled from their flurry of climbing and driving, including an initial 36-hour run with no sleep, two law enforcement officers from Ellensburg had scaled Washington’s five tallest …


3-peak weekend: Climbers bag St. Helens, Adams, Hood in one trip

In the span of the Memorial Day weekend, Jason Keen became a veteran of scaling Cascades lava-belchers and snowboarding down their icy slopes. A few days earlier, he’d never climbed …


Scenic route not for everyone

A route up the north side of Mount St. Helens to a dramatic view of the crater will remain open only to people who pay $195 for a guided trip. …


Huge magma chamber spied under Yellowstone supervolcano

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists have spied a vast reservoir of hot, partly molten rock beneath the supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park. It’s big enough to fill the Grand Canyon …


In brief: U.S. Geological Survey takes a closer look at Glacier Peak eruption potential

Survey looks at Glacier Peak eruption potential The volcanic eruption may be a few centuries away, or maybe it could be in your lifetime. Who knows when Washington’s Glacier Peak …


Volcano erupts in central Japan, injuring 11

TOKYO (AP) — A volcano in central Japan erupted in spectacular fashion on Saturday, catching mountain climbers by surprise and injuring at least 11 people, including seven who lost consciousness. …


The Rock Doc: Studying magma may shed light on eruptions

I was living in Eastern Washington in May 1980 when Mount St. Helens erupted after a massive landslide triggered by a magnitude-5.1 earthquake. Vast amounts of molten rock were violently …


Rock Doc: GPS monitors help scientists predict volcanic eruptions

There are two main things most people would like to know about particular volcanoes: When is the next eruption and how big will that eruption be? Scientists in Iceland have …


Indonesia volcano erupts again; kills at least 11

MOUNT SINABUNG, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in western Indonesia has unleashed fresh clouds of searing gas, killing at least 11 people and injuring three others. National Disaster Mitigation Agency …


6 killed by hot lava as Indonesia volcano erupts

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Gushing hot lava from an erupting volcano killed six people sleeping in a beach village in eastern Indonesia on Saturday, after ash and smoke shot up …


Rock Doc: Medieval monks’ records a window to climate study

Ireland enjoys a mild and stable climate. But even in Ireland there are years that stand out. Recently a team of researchers led by Harvard’s Francis Ludlow announced results of …


For an update on ash, lava, steam and smoke, visit a volcano

1. Arenal Observatory Lodge, Costa Rica. Wake to a chorus of tropical wildlife on this volcanic wonder. The majestic centerpiece of a rich rainforest setting can be observed from most …


Rock Doc: Slow-moving quakes may just delay the pain

One of the most breathtaking geologic events is a major earthquake. In just a few moments, shaking of the earth can result in billions of dollars of damage and thousands …


Climbers attracted to volcano that lost its top

Ah, Mount St. Helens. I’ve written hundreds of stories about it, explored the trails around it on foot, skis and mountain bike; and climbed it 10 times, if I can …


Volcanic activity may be on the rise

The Chilean Puyehue-Cordon- Caulle volcano was erupting last month and caused numerous flight and travel delays. The volcano is about 550 miles south of Santiago, Chile’s capital. Officials warn that …


Too early to determine fallout from volcanoes

Last week, I talked about the increased volcanic eruptions in Indonesia and Russia. Mount Merapi, located on the central Java Island in Indonesia, began erupting on Oct. 26 and continues …


Recent volcanic activity has scientists thinking

A new series of volcanic eruptions within the last week has many scientists wondering if we’re going toward a new trend of increased volcanic explosions. Indonesia’s Mount Merapi has been …


Indonesia hit by deadly tsunami, volcanic eruption

A volcanic eruption and a tsunami killed scores of people hundreds of miles apart in Indonesia — spasms from the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” which spawns disasters from deep within …


Flights resume in Europe

LONDON – Europe’s busiest airport reopened Tuesday as air traffic across the continent lurched back to life. But the gridlock created by Iceland’s volcanic ash plume was far from over: …


Ash fallout cancels MacLean concert

Tonight’s scheduled concert at the Bing Crosby Theater by Scottish performer Dougie MacLean has been canceled because of the ongoing fallout from the volcanic eruption in Iceland. With ash from …


Some air travel to resume

LONDON — Europe began allowing limited air traffic to resume, giving hope to millions of travelers stranded around the world when ash from a volcano in Iceland choked the jet …


Planes test gritty skies

LONDON – Their losses deepening, European airlines on Sunday stepped up pressure to reopen the skies by carrying out passenger-free test flights despite the layer of volcanic ash that kept …


Volcano’s pall lingering

LONDON – The miasma of volcanic ash hovering over Europe showed no sign of dissipating Saturday, keeping thousands of forlorn travelers stranded across the continent for a third day and …


Volcano spews more ash, spawns wider flight chaos

LONDON (AP) — A lingering volcanic ash plume forced extended no-fly restrictions over much of Europe on Saturday, as scientists warned that activity at a volcano in Iceland had increased …


Some Sea-Tac flights canceled by Iceland volcano

A number of European flights at Sea-Tac Airport have been canceled because of the eruption of a volcano in Iceland.


Ash from Iceland eruption grounds travelers worldwide

LONDON – An enormous ash cloud from a remote Icelandic volcano caused the biggest flight disruption since the 2001 terrorist attacks Thursday as it drifted over northern Europe and stranded …


Share your Mount St. Helens memories

The 30th anniversary of Mount St. Helens’ eruption is approaching. Share your memories and photos with The Spokesman-Review.