Mount St. Helens’ destructive beauty, 34 years later

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On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens awoke from its slumber with a devastating eruption.

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Volcanic eruption raises new island in Pacific’s ‘Ring of Fire’

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A volcanic eruption has raised a new island, according to earthquake experts and the Japanese coast guard.

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500 eruptions in 231 days?! Japan volcano coats city with ash — again

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Residents in a southern Japanese city were busy washing ash off the streets Monday after a nearby volcano spewed a record-high smoke plume into the sky.

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Lava fountain, ash cloud erupt from Alaska volcano

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A remote Alaska volcano continues to erupt, spewing lava and ash clouds.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory said Thursday a continuous cloud of ash, steam and gas from Pavlof Volcano has been seen 20,000 feet above sea level.

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Lava flows to the ocean in Hawaii, creating rare natural show

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Reuters reportsA volcano on Hawaii’s largest island is spilling lava into the ocean, creating a rare and spectacular fusion of steam and waves that officials said could attract thrill-seeking visitors if it continues.

Lava from a vent in Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii began flowing into the ocean 7 miles away on Saturday. The volcano has been erupting continuously from its Pu’u O’o vent since 1983.

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33,000 flee as volcano erupts near Guatemala tourist zone

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A Guatemalan volcano erupting Thursday for the sixth time this year triggered evacuations of several towns, with more than 33,000 told to flee.

The Fuego volcano started spewing lava some 2,000 feet down two slopes, while ash was jettisoned 3,000 feet upwards. Ash was covering homes and buildings several miles away, the government’s disaster agency said.

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Ecuador authorities issue warning as Tungurahua volcano spews ash, gas

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Ecuadorian authorities are encouraging residents living near the Tungurahua volcano to evacuate due to increased activity, according to local media reports cited by Reuters. The volcano has been in an active state since October 1999.