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Indonesian volcano spits flaming rocks

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INDONESIA'S Mount Gamkonora has started spitting out flaming rocks and sending showers of sparks into the air, indicating the volcano in the east of the country is likely to erupt, an official has said.
Thousands of people living close to the volcano have been evacuated since it started sending out towering columns of ash and smoke on Saturday. Although less smoke and ash were spotted on Wednesday, flaming material started to appear on Tuesday evening, indicating magma was approaching the crater's surface, said Saut Simatupang, head of Indonesia's Vulcanological Survey. "The volcano spit flaming rock as high as 15 metres (50 ft)... this indicates magma is now close to the crater's surface," Mr Simatupang said by telephone.


RUSSIA - Klyuchevskaya Volcano on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula released another plume on July 9.

WASHINGTON - Mount St. Helens, which has been steadily and quietly erupting for almost three years, offered a stark reminder Friday night that it retains its capacity to surprise. This time, scientists believe a sun-baked glacier is stirring up trouble. Remote acoustic flow devices detected a sudden increase in stream flow near the top of Loowit Falls north of the volcano’s crater between 6 and 9 p.m. Friday. By 5 a.m. the next morning, the level of turbidity — the muddiness of the water — spiked on the North Fork of the Toutle River almost 20 miles away. By Sunday morning, bystanders reported a cloud of mud in the Cowlitz River at Kelso. “Our speculation at the moment is that some water burped out of the glacier. The exact cause right now, we don’t know. But it certainly wasn’t rain-induced.” The glacier accumulated along the base of the rounded crater wall. It wrapped itself around the old 876-foot-tall lava dome, which emerged in a series of eruptions between 1980 and 1986. Since then, a burgeoning new lava dome has eviscerated the glacier. The new dome has split the glacier into two arms, radically upended it, and shoved its two arms on the downward slope to the north. “Clearly, it is changing. It’s much more fractured, and it is moving to a lower elevation. The farther north it moves, it’s going to get a little more out of the shadow of the crater rim.” Meanwhile, the eruption of lava continues unabated.
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