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Philippine province declares 'calamity' as volcano lava spreads

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MANILA A central Philippine province declared a state of calamity on Tuesday as a volcano spewed lava that reached the limits of a six-km radius no-go zone and spread ash on nearby farming villages. | Video

Philippines widens evacuation area as lava spreads around restive volcano

MANILA The Philippines ordered the forced evacuation of people from two more municipalities near a restive volcano on Monday as the chief volcanologist warned of a possible hazardous eruption "within weeks or even within days".

Environment, Jan 15 2018

Philippines raises volcano alert level after lava flow

(this story corrects year of most destructive eruption to 1814.)

World, Jan 15 2018

Strong earthquake in southern Peru leaves one dead, scores injured

LIMA A strong magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck the coast of southern Peru on Sunday morning, killing one person, injuring scores and causing homes and roads to collapse. | Video

Environment, World, Jan 14 2018

Philippines raises volcano alert level after lava flow

MANILA The Philippines raised the alert level at its rumbling Mayon volcano to "level 3" on Sunday after detecting lava flow and indications of activity that could lead to eruptions of magma.

World, Environment, Jan 14 2018

People evacuated from Papua New Guinea island after volcano explodes

SYDNEY About 1,500 people are being evacuated from an island off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea (PNG) after a nearby volcano erupted, the local Red Cross said on Sunday.

World, Environment, Jan 14 2018

Mountain gorilla numbers are up, predicts Rwanda ahead of census release

MUSANZE, Rwanda A census of mountain gorillas due in March will likely show numbers have risen this decade, experts said during a ceremony to mark Rwanda's expansion of its Volcano National Park.

Environment, Jan 12 2018

Fires and mudslides have some rethinking the California dream

MONTECITO, Calif. A few who live amid the usually serene beauty and year-round warmth of Santa Barbara County say nature's recent onslaughts of wildfires and mudslides have dampened their California dreams.

U.S., Environment, Jan 12 2018

U.N. Indonesia earthquake plan foresees 47 million affected, 10,000 dead

GENEVA A U.N. contingency plan for an earthquake in Indonesia foresees a scenario where 10,000 people would die within 24 hours with 47 million more affected, according to emergency response planning documents.

World, Environment, Indonesia, Jan 12 2018

Australia's Port Hedland says clearing port due to cyclone fears

SYDNEY Australia's Port Hedland iron ore terminal has begun clearing all vessels in its harbor as a tropical storm intensifies off the western Australian coast, Pilbara Ports Authority said on Thursday.

Environment, Jan 10 2018

China economic reforms may result in $14.4 trillion GDP, growth at 6 percent – Asia Society report

Sweeping economic reform initiated by China President Xi Jinping in November 2013 marked a turning point for the world's second biggest economy. If implemented fully, China's potential GDP growth can be sustained at 6 percent through 2020. One risk: Falling short of that growth rate could result in growth at half that projection, or worse, leading to a new economic crisis, according to a new study.