Volcanic eruption in Cape Verde destroys two villages Dec 16http://news.yahoo.com/volcanic-eruption-cape-verde-destroys-villages-130602449.html
Bissau (AFP) - The biggest eruption of Cape Verde volcano Pico do Fogo in decades has destroyed two villages and threatens a forest reserve Tuesday, officials said.
Some 1,500 people were forced to abandon their homes before the lava flow reached the villages of Portela and Bangeira on Fogo island in the Atlantic archipelago, fire brigade chief Arlindo Lima said late Monday on national radio.
More than 1,000 people were evacuated from the Cha das Caldeiras region at the foot of the volcano immediately after it first erupted on November 23, while officials closed the airport as the skies darkened with ash.
Lima, who heads civil protection services, said that the lava gained ground on Sunday. "The lava front, (which was) more than 500 metres (547 yards) north of outlying houses in Bangeira a week ago, has swept over much of the village and continues to move forward."
The village of Portela has also been destroyed, according to Lima and local journalists.
Volcanic activity is rare, but when its highest peak Pico do Fogo erupted, expert Bruno Faria told state-owned Radio Cape Verde that the initial blast was "much greater than the one in 1995", which showered the island with ash. Residents said that gas was also coming out of the crater.
Nine injured, one missing after Indonesian volcanic eruption
December 19, 2014 12:53 pm
Jakarta (dpa) - Nine people were injured and another was missing as they scrambled to escape a volcanic eruption in eastern
Indonesia, an official said Friday.
The Mount Gamalama volcano in North Maluku province erupted late Thursday, sending ash and rocks 2,000 metres into the sky, said Sutopo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency.
The victims, all mountain climbers, were injured while running to escape the eruption, and not by volcanic materials, Sutopo said.
One person from the group was still unaccounted for, he said.
The volcanic ash was still blanketing much of the city of Ternate on Friday morning, Sutopo said.