Natural Disasters

Iceland lowers volcano alert, says small eruption no threat to aviation

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REYKJAVIK/STOCKHOLM - Iceland reduced its aviation warning level to orange on Friday after concluding that a small eruption in the Bardarbunga volcano system that triggered a hours-long red alert actually posed no threat to aircraft.

Iceland volcano alert at red after small eruption, no ash detected

STOCKHOLM - Iceland raised its alert warning level to maximum on Friday after what it called a small eruption in the Bardarbunga volcano system but said there was no sign of ash that could affect air travel in Europe.

Environment, 5:39am EDT

For many Californians, cost of earthquake insurance outweighs the risks

NAPA Calif - During Sunday's 6.0 magnitude earthquake, some $75,000 worth of bottles of wine, rum and whiskey flew off the shelves of Aiyaz Masani's liquor store in Napa, California. He estimates about half his inventory was damaged, winding up in three-foot piles in the aisles.

U.S., Environment, 28 Aug 2014

'Cauldrons' in Iceland glacier could point to volcano eruption: Met Office

REYKJAVIK - Ice over Iceland's rumbling Bardarbunga volcano has melted to reveal a row of 1-km wide "cauldrons", possibly due to a sub-glacial eruption, the country's meteorological office said late on Wednesday.

Environment, 27 Aug 2014

U.S. inspector wanted reactor shut on quake fears: report

- A federal nuclear inspector urged U.S. regulators to shut down a California nuclear power plant until tests showed its reactors could withstand shocks from nearby earthquake faults, according to the Associated Press and an environmental group.

Environment, 27 Aug 2014

Hurricane Cristobal seen passing west of rain-lashed Bermuda

MIAMI - Hurricane Cristobal is expected to pass well west of Bermuda on Wednesday, where a tropical storm watch is in effect and heavy rain is likely, the National Hurricane Center said.

U.S., Environment, 27 Aug 2014

Hurricane Cristobal seen passing west of rain-lashed Bermuda

MIAMI - Hurricane Cristobal is expected to pass well west of Bermuda on Wednesday, where a tropical storm watch is in effect and heavy rain is likely, the National Hurricane Center said.

Environment, 27 Aug 2014

More quakes jolt Iceland overnight, spread to second volcano

STOCKHOLM - Two earthquakes measuring more than magnitude 5 hit Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano overnight and another quake shook a nearby volcano, with overall seismic activity staying high, the country's Meteorological Office said on Wednesday.

Environment, 27 Aug 2014

Hurricane Cristobal moving away from U.S., but rip currents likely

MIAMI - Hurricane Cristobal continued to turn to the northeast on Tuesday, moving away from the Bahamas and the U.S. East Coast, but is still likely to cause dangerous coastal conditions, the National Hurricane Center said.

Environment, U.S., 26 Aug 2014

Lava flow from Hawaii volcano could threaten homes, scientists say

HONOLULU - State scientists and officials are warning some residents of Hawaii's Big Island that their homes could be jeopardized by a lava flow from Kilauea Volcano that is moving through a forest preserve toward their neighborhood.

Environment, 26 Aug 2014