6 Volcanoes Erupting Today in 6 Countries
1. Nishino-shima, Pacific Ocean
Off the southern coast of Japan, underwater volcano Nishinoshima erupted Wednesday, creating a small island.
The new island, being called Niijima, is about 650 feet across.
2. Colima, Mexico
After several weeks of calm, Colima Volcano began puffing and spewing lava Tuesday and has remained active into Wednesday. The steam cloud rose some 2 miles, according to local publication El Siglo de Torreon.
A file photo of Colima Volcano on June 10, 2005. (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)
3. Fuego, Guatemala
Fuego Volcano in Guatemala rumbled Wednesday as it shot out ash plumes and sent shock waves for 15 miles around, according to Prensa Libre.
Roofs and windows vibrated in the villages of Panimaché, Santa Sofia, Morelia, and others, reported Prensa Libre.
A file photo of Fuego Volcano, or Volcano of Fire, on Jan. 20, 2003. (Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)
4. Mount Sinabung, Indonesia
On Tuesday evening, a record 10-kilometer-high (6.2-mile-high) ash cloud rose above Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra, Indonesia.
Naek Sembiring, a local resident displaced by the activity, told the Jakarta Post on Wednesday: “Tuesday evening’s eruption was the strongest so far. I was terrified.”
Hot ash and lava spread to cities 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) away.
Mount Merapi, also in Indonesia, erupted Monday.
Mount Sinabung as seen from Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Mafa Yuli Ramadani)
5. Etna, Italy
Italy’s Mount Etna began erupting on November 16 and continues to glow as lava fills its mouth.
Etna produces enough lava annually to fill Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in Chicago, reports Live Science. Sicilians have grown accustomed to its outbursts over thousands of years.
6. Yasur, Vanuatu
The level of explosive activity at Vanuatu volcano Yasur remains low, though it has been pumping out ash since the beginning of the month. Vanuatu is an island nation east of Australia. Several other volcanoes around the world are active on Wednesday, in an ongoing state of eruption, as listed by the Smithsonian Institution.