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Comoros volcano tremors grow stronger, more frequent

Volcanic Alert: Comoros Island
Photo: An aerial view shows lava spewing at the top of the 2,361 meter (7,746 ft) Mt. Karthala near Moroni, the capital of the Comoros Island, May 29, 2006. Earth tremors from Comoros' volcano Mount Karthala grew stronger and more frequent, residents said on Sunday, forcing thousands of nervous families to sleep outside overnight for fear their homes might collapse. REUTERS

Indian Ocean
Jan 14, 2007

MORONI (Reuters) - Earth tremors from Comoros' volcano Mount Karthala grew stronger and more frequent, residents said on Sunday, forcing thousands of nervous families to sleep outside overnight for fear their homes might collapse.
The Indian Ocean archipelago's largest island, Grand Comore, was put on red alert after Mount Karthala -- one of the world's largest active volcanos -- began to glow red and emit suffocating fumes late on Friday.
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MOUNT KARTHALA, which overlooks the capital of the Comoros islands, began erupting early Saturday, producing a red glow over the top of the volcano. The eruption was similar to last one in May 2006 which saw fiery jets of lava shoot into the main crater of the only active volcano on the Indian Ocean archipelago. In November 2005, Karthala spewed huge plumes of ash that blanketed the island and temporarily deprived its 250,000 inhabitants of drinkable water. Mount Karthala last had an overflow magma eruption in 1977, when lava destroyed the village of Singani, some 20 kilometres south of Moroni, and toxic gas was released into the air but did not cause any deaths. The worst disaster on record came in 1903, when 17 died from noxious fumes that seeped from cracks.
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GUATEMALA - Mount Pacaya has spent the last two weeks billowing smoke into the sky. "There are dozens of villages scattered around the base that it makes you wonder why they live there. It has been showing signs of activity for a couple of weeks."
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