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Residents flee after Papua New Guinea volcano erupts

Oct 01, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Ulamona Volcano Observatory staffer Herman Volele says ashfall could affect Kimbe, the capital of West New Britain, while regular earthquakes are also occurring near the volcano

ULAWUN. This handout picture taken and received courtesy of local resident Chris Lagisa on October 1, 2019 shows an ash cloud erupting from the Papua New Guinea's Mount Ulawun volcano. Handout photo by Christopher Lagisa/AFP

Italy's Stromboli volcano erupts, sparking huge ash cloud

Aug 29, 2019 - 8:10 AM

The volcano is part of the Aeolian Islands archipelago in southern Italy and is off limits to walkers following a deadly eruption in June which killed a hiker and sent tourists fleeing

This photo taken and handout on August 28, 2019 by Italy's National Firefighters Corps, the Vigili del Fuoco, shows a fire on the hillside of the Stromboli volcano after an explosion occured on August 28, 2019 on the volcanic Stromboli island, north of Sicilia.  Handout / Vigili del Fuoco / AFP  Italy's Stromboli volcano erupts, sparking huge ash cloud Italy | volcano | Stromboli associated with x Rome, Italy | AFP | Wednesday 8/28/2019 - 20:37 UTC+8 | 177 words  Italy's Stromboli volcano off the coast of Sicily erupted Wednesday, according to fire fighters who rushed to put out wildfires sparked by lava flows.  Emergency services scrambled to launch motorboats and helicopters after the "strong explosion" in the south-central slope of the crater shook the island, but no-one was hurt, the fire service said on Twitter.  Falling ash from a vast mushrooming cloud covered the rooves of houses in the tiny windswept town of Stromboli, the Repubblica newspaper said, adding that the explosion had been felt on the nearby island of Salina.  The volcano, which is part of the Aeolian Islands archipelago in southern Italy, had been off limits to walkers following a deadly eruption in June which killed a hiker and sent tourists fleeing.  Stromboli, just 12 square kilometres (4.6 square miles) in area and 924 metres (3,000 feet) high, is just the top of a volcano that is largely underwater.  It is one of few in the world with almost continuous activity, according to the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology.  cm/ide/dl  © Agence France-Presse

PH women's rugby tops 2019 7s Trophy Series

Aug 11, 2019 - 7:24 PM

The Philippine Lady Volcanoes get promoted to the top-tier Asia Rugby Women's Series

CHAMPIONS. The Philippine Lady Volcanoes go undefeated in the 2019 Asia Rugby Women's 7s Trophy Series. Photo from Philippine Rugby

Lahar-prone Albay town undergoes disaster preparation drill

Aug 10, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Residents of Santo Domingo town in Albay realize the importance of family and community cooperation during calamities

GUIDED. Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management staff facilitated the evacuation drill. Photo courtesy of Casandra Balala.

Light up Mayon Volcano? No plans yet, says Albay tourism official

Jul 07, 2019 - 1:44 PM

How can anyone consider lighting up something the size of Mayon Volcano when Albay has power problems, some netizens ask

PERFECT CONE. Mayon Volcano drwas tourists near and far to see its perfect cone. Photo by MarvinBikolano, CC BY-SA 4.0

Italian island Stromboli clears up ash after deadly volcano eruption

Jul 05, 2019 - 9:25 AM

A veil of ash lay atop restaurant terrace tables, boats and parts of the coastline of the tiny island. The dramatic volcanic eruption killer a hiker.

This handout photo obtained from the twitter account of @mariocalabresi shows the eruption of the Stromboli volcano on July 3, 2019 on the Stromboli island, north of Sicily. A volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli erupted dramatically on July 3, reportedly killing a hiker and sending tourists fleeing, but firefighters could not immediately confirm any casualties.  Mario CALABRESI / Twitter account of @mariocalabresi / AFP

Philippine men's rugby team climbs to record world ranking

Jun 04, 2019 - 6:27 PM

The Philippine Volcanoes jump 11 places to the country's highest world ranking ever

TITLE DEFENSE. The Philippine Volcanoes clinch back-to-back crowns in the 2019 Asia Rugby Championship. Photo from release

Mindoro, Bicol join MPBL; Sta Lucia Realtors return

May 20, 2019 - 4:05 PM

More teams are vying for the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League crown as the Lakandula Cup opens in June

THE MORE, THE MERRIER. The MPBL, founded by Manny Pacquiao, continues to grow in number of teams. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


PH Volcanoes nail historic quarters berth in world qualifiers

Apr 06, 2019 - 3:28 PM

The Philippine men's rugby team faces Hong Kong in the world series qualifiers last 8

HISTORIC. The Philippine Volcanoes aim to advance to the semifinals over Asian favorite Hong Kong. Photo from Philippine Rugby Facebook

Volcano erupts on small Japan island

Jan 17, 2019 - 1:13 PM

Images broadcast by NHK show large plumes of ash and grey smoke billowing above the island, which has regularly been affected by eruptions

KUCHINOERABU ERUPTION. This handout video grab from the Japan Meteorological Agency's live webcam on January 17, 2019 shows an eruption on Kuchinoerabu Island in Yakushima, Kagoshima prefecture. Handout photo from Japan Meteorological Agency/AFP

Phivolcs downgrades Kanlaon alert status to Level 1

Jan 12, 2019 - 2:38 PM

Phivolcs says it lowered the alert status of the volcano as 'no magmatic eruption is foreseen in the immediate future'

MOUNT KANLAON. A view of Mount Kanlaon from La Castellana town, Negros Occidental, on November 17, 2017. Photo courtesy of Rollanie Redil

Indonesian tsunami volcano lost two-thirds of its height

Dec 29, 2018 - 3:45 PM

The Indonesian volcanology agency estimates the volcano lost between 150 and 180 million cubic metres of material as massive amounts of rock and ash have been slowly sliding into the sea following a series of eruptions

ERUPTION. This picture taken on December 26, 2018 shows the Anak (Child) Krakatoa volcano erupting, as seen from a ship on the Sunda Straits. AFP/STR photo

Indonesia hikes danger level for deadly tsunami volcano

Dec 27, 2018 - 12:32 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Authorities raise the crater's status to high alert, the second-highest danger warning, while aviation officials order flights to be redirected away from the area

ERUPTION. This picture taken on December 26, 2018 shows the Anak (Child) Krakatoa volcano erupting, as seen from a ship on the Sunda Straits. AFP/STR photo

LOOK: Mayon Volcano spews ash, still on Alert Level 2

Dec 27, 2018 - 11:49 AM

Phivolcs says people should not be allowed to enter Mayon's 6-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone and the 7-kilometer radius Extended Danger Zone

ASH. Mayon Volcano spews ash anew on December 27, 2018 at 8:17 am. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

2 ash eruptions from Mayon volcano seen November 26

Nov 26, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The volcano in Albay remains under Alert Level 2, which means 'a moderate level of unrest'

MOUNT MAYON. This photo taken in January 2018 shows the popular Mayon volcano. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Thousands evacuated as Guatemala volcano erupts, then stops

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Many of those evacuated say they fear a repeat of the deadly June eruption

PH Lady Volcanoes snare silver in 2018 Asia Trophy Series

Oct 22, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Undefeated throughout the tournament, the Filipinas stumble in the finals to give up the gold medal to Malaysia

TRIUMPHANT. The Philippine Lady Volcanoes showcase their wares in the 10-country tournament with a silver-medal finish. Photo from the Philippine Rugby Football Union


Lady Volcanoes all set for Asia Trophy Series

Oct 19, 2018 - 11:10 PM

The Philippine women's rugby team also sees the tournament as buildup for their SEA Games campaign

READY. Dixie Yu of the Cebu Lady Dragons looks to play a key role in the Lady Volcanoes’ campaign. Photo from Philippine Rugby Football Union

PH Volcanoes barge into prestigious Hong Kong Sevens

Oct 15, 2018 - 11:32 PM

The Nationals nab bronze in the 2018 Asia Sevens Series to secure the final ticket to the Hong Kong Sevens

IN GOOD COMPANY. The Philippine Volcanoes join Japan and Hong Kong in the most prestigious tournament of the World Rugby Sevens Series. Photo from the Philippine Rugby Football Union


Albay board members ask NBI to probe Mayon volcano quarrying

Oct 07, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Four cargo ships loaded with gravel and sand from Mayon Volcano leave the Santo Domingo port 4 times a week

VOLCANO GRAVEL. An old man uses a carabao to get Mayon aggregates at Barangay Banag in Daraga town. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

LIST: Deadly landslides in the Philippines

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Almost all of these major disasters in the last two decades happened in the midst of heavy rain that loosened the soil in landslide-prone areas

LANDSLIDES. There have been many deadly landslides in the Philippines in recent years. Photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler and Querl Panilag

Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour hits Manila

Jul 28, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Filipino sports fans get a chance to see rugby’s most coveted trophy

TROPHY TOUR. Junior players from development clubs and foundations of the Philippine Rugby Football Union pose with the Webb Ellis Cup.

The week in photos: July 14-20, 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Croatian supporters react after their team scored in downtown Zagreb on July 15, 2018, during the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France, the first final World Cup match ever in the history of Croatia. AFP Photo

The week in photos: June 30-July 6, 2018

Jul 07, 2018 - 1:55 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A football fan with his face painted with the flags of England and Colombia cheers before the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Colombia and England at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on July 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Alexander NEMENOV / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS

After months of quiet, Mayon volcano erupts again

Jul 01, 2018 - 11:30 PM

'There's no time to relax. Even if the volcano looks calm from the distance, from our instrument, the volcano is still in abnormal condition,' says Phivolcs resident volcanologist Ed Laguerta

MOUNT MAYON. This photo taken in January 2018 shows the popular Mayon volcano. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Bali reopens airport after volcano eruption strands thousands of tourists

Jun 29, 2018 - 9:09 AM

(UPDATED) The early morning closure has sparked the cancellation of more than 300 flights to and from the tropical paradise with nearly 27,000 passengers affected

MOUNT AGUNG. This handout picture taken on June 29, 2018 and released by Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, shows Mount Agung erupting in eastern Bali. Handout photo by Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana/AFP

PH Volcanoes clinch Div 1 Asia Rugby Championship over Singapore

Jun 26, 2018 - 11:20 PM

The Philippine Volcanoes bring the crown back to the country for the first time since 2012

SWEEP. Philippines sweeps Singapore in two matches to clinch the Asia Rugby Div 1 title again. Photo by Tonichi Regalado/Rappler

Guatemala asks U.S. to help its migrants after volcano eruption

Jun 26, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Officials have confirmed the deaths of 112 people as a result of the eruption on June 3, but scores more people remain unaccounted for

FUEGO VOLCANO. Nuns bless the disaster zone during the search for victims of the Fuego Volcano eruption, in the ash-covered village of San Miguel Los Lotes, in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 11, 2018. File photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Guatemala volcano search called off with nearly 200 unaccounted for

Jun 18, 2018 - 3:28 PM

Officials have confirmed the deaths of 110 people as a result of the volcanic eruption on June 3, but another 197 remain unaccounted for

FUEGO VOLCANO. Nuns bless the disaster zone during the search for victims of the Fuego Volcano eruption, in the ash-covered village of San Miguel Los Lotes, in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 11, 2018. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

The week in photos: June 2-8, 2018

Jun 09, 2018 - 11:52 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

INDEPENDENCE DAY DISPLAY. Mall goers in Rizal on June 8, 2018, look on the 120 miniature jeepneys arranged to form a Philippine Flag in celebration of the country's 117th Independence Day. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

At least 99 dead as Guatemala volcano threatens new eruptions

Jun 07, 2018 - 10:39 AM

Only 28 of the 99 people killed as a result of the eruption have been identified so far

RESCUE. Volunteer firefighters search for victims of Sunday's Fuego Volcano eruption in Alotenango, a municipality in Sacatepequez Department, southwest of Guatemala City on June 6, 2018. Photo by Orlando Estrada/AFP

Nearly 200 missing, 75 dead from Guatemala volcano

Jun 06, 2018 - 9:45 AM

(UPDATED) The search for bodies in mountain villages destroyed by the eruption is progressing slowly

NEW ACTIVITY. People gather at the Municipal stadium in Escuintla, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 5, 2018 after the Fuego Volcano showed new activity. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

PH Lady Volcanoes to see action in Asia Women's Rugby Championship

Jun 05, 2018 - 4:42 PM

The Lady Volcanoes will face India and home team Singapore on June 5 and 8, respectively

SPEARHEAD. Team captain Auimi Ono will lead the Philippine Lady Volcanoes in the 2018 Asia Rugby Women's Championship. Photo from  Philippine Rugby Football Union


Toll rises in Guatemala volcano as more bodies recovered

Jun 05, 2018 - 10:36 AM

(UPDATED) The speed and ferocity of the eruption take mountain communities by surprise, with many of the dead found in or around their homes

DEATH TOLL RISES. Residents carry the coffins of seven people who died following the eruption of the Fuego volcano, along the streets of Alotenango municipality, Sacatepequez, about 65 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 4, 2018. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Guatemala volcano eruption kills 25

Jun 04, 2018 - 12:25 PM

(UPDATED) David de Leon of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction says search and rescue operations for the missing and dead have been suspended due to low light and dangerous conditions, and will resume early on Monday morning

FUEGO VOLCANO ERUPTS. People flee El Rodeo village, Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City, after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano on June 3, 2018. Photo by Noe Perez/AFP

The week in photos: May 26-June 1, 2018

Jun 02, 2018 - 12:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A Bangladeshi volunteer prepares Iftar food for Muslim devotees before breaking their fast during the holy month of Ramadan at a shrine in Dhaka on May 27, 2018.Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar during which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

Hawaii volcanic smog blankets Marshall Islands

May 28, 2018 - 7:37 AM

The volcano on Hawaii's Big Island is now in its fourth week of eruptions

ERUPTION. A car passes as lava from a Kilauea volcano fissure illuminates the night sky, after midnight on Hawaii's Big Island, on May 27, 2018 in Pahoa, Hawaii. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

Dangerous 'laze' forms as Hawaii volcano lava reaches ocean

May 21, 2018 - 4:27 PM

When the hot lava flow hits the water it produces acid fumes known as 'laze' – lava and haze

DANGER. A steam plume rises as lava enters the Pacific Ocean, after flowing to the water from a Kilauea volcano fissure, on Hawaii's Big Island on May 20, 2018 near Pahoa, Hawaii. Photo Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

Vanuatu to permanently evacuate volcanic island

May 21, 2018 - 3:20 PM

The latest evacuation is not compulsory but the government said it wants those who left to stay away for good and resettle elsewhere. The Council of Ministers has approved 4 permanent settlements on the nearby island of Maewo, which it will lease from landowners.

Helicopters rescue residents from fresh Hawaii volcano lava flow

May 20, 2018 - 12:00 AM

The USGS adds that 'smoke from burning vegetation as lava flows advance is also contributing to poor air quality'

ERUPTION. Lava erupts from a Kilauea volcano fissure near a home at dawn on Hawaii's Big Island on May 18, 2018 in Kapoho, Hawaii. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

Hawaii volcano summit erupts, residents urged to take shelter

May 18, 2018 - 8:40 AM

'At any time, activity may again become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent,' the Hawaii Volcano Observatory says

KILAUEA. This image released by the US Geological Survey on May 17, 2018 shows lava spattering from an area between fissures 16 and 20 at 8:20 a.m. HST from the Kilauea Volcano on May 16, 2018. AFP PHOTO / US Geological Survey/HO

PH Rugby open international season with win over Guam

May 15, 2018 - 5:55 PM

Residents XV remain undefeated at home since the program started in 2016

MAN OF THE MATCH. Clark Jet Kingsley  Ballesteros finished with the Best on ground performance for Team Philippines. Photo from Philippine Rugby Football Union

The week in photos: May 5-12, 2018

May 13, 2018 - 11:36 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Supreme Court on May11, 2018 voting on the quo warranto case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Major quake hits Hawaii, prompts further volcano eruptions

May 05, 2018 - 8:56 AM

(UPDATED) A magnitude 6.9 earthquake hits Hawaii

Hawaii volcano eruption spews lava into residential areas

May 04, 2018 - 12:04 PM

(2ND UPDATE) Authorities warn of subsequent 'lava inundation,' fire, smoke, and additional earthquakes

EVACUATIONS. In this photo provided by the US Geological Survey, an ash plume rises above the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island on May 3, 2018. AFP PHOTO / US Geological Survey/ Kevan Kamibayashi

Chile raises alert over eruption threat at Chillan volcano

Apr 07, 2018 - 11:22 PM

Since December, several eruptions of ash have suggested increased activity, prompting officials to raise the alert to orange

ORANGE ALERT. View of the Nevado de Chillan volcano during an eruptive pulse in Las Trancas, some 400km south of Santiago, April 7, 2018. Emergency service officials in Chile issued an orange alert at the area around the volcano. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

Mayon evacuees go home with happy faces

Mar 13, 2018 - 10:20 PM

Daisy Esplana, a mother of 3 kids, is happy to return home. 'We are grateful to the city and national government for taking care of us during our stay in evacuation camp,' Daisy says.

Daisy Esplana of Barangay Buyuan, Legazpi City, smiles along with her 3 children before going back home. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Albay officials order decampment of over 54,000 Mayon evacuees

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:38 PM

The Albay Public Safety Emergency Management Office orders the total decampment of Mayon evacuees from the cities of Legazpi and Ligao, and the municipalities of Sto Domingo and Bacacay

MAYON. Ed Laguerta, Phivolcs' resident volcanologist chief in Bicol, announces lowering of Mayon volcano's status from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 on Tuesday, March 6, during a press briefing at the Apsemo hall. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

Phivolcs lowers Mayon volcano status to Alert Level 3

Mar 06, 2018 - 12:59 PM

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says it lowered Mayon's alert status to reflect the 'overall decrease in the level of unrest'

MAYON VOLCANO. This photo taken in January 2018 shows the popular Mayon Volcano. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has lowered the status of Mayon Volcano to Alert Level 3 on March 6. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

U.S. ship docks in Manila; sailors, Marines to help Mayon victims

Mar 05, 2018 - 8:50 PM

More than 2,500 sailors and Marines aboard USS Bonhomme Richard visit Manila 'to enhance the strong ties between the Philippines and the US'

IN MANILA. Operations Specialist Seaman Recruit Rizza Fontanares, from San Diego, uses big eyes binoculars while standing forward lookout watch during sea and anchor detail as the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrives in Manila for a scheduled port visit. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Sykes