Saturday, February 25, 2006

Volcanic activity

Increased activity at Montserrat's Soufriere Hills Volcano produced columns of steam and ash that soared high into the eastern Caribbean sky. Ash fallout from the eruption was reported as far away as the Virgin Islands and parts of Puerto Rico. The volcano roared to life in 1997 after remaining dormant for more than a half a century. It has remained active since covering the now-abandoned capital of Plymouth with a deep layer of ash.

Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano is now producing its largest eruptions for the past five hundred years. Recent visitors to the island have been treated to spectacular nighttime views as the glowing lava lighted up the sky while entering the ocean.

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