Indonesian volcano erupts twice in half an hour

A volatile volcano in central Indonesia has erupted again, spewing ash almost 2,000ft (600m) into the air.

Powerful eruption at Indonesian volcano

A volatile volcano in central Indonesia unleashed its most powerful eruption yet, spewing hot ash and smoke thousands of feet (meters) into the air and sending panicked villagers racing back to emergency shelters. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Terrifying, beautiful and deadly

Indonesia's mount Lokon spewed hot lava and volcanic ash 1,500 metres into the sky in the north of Sulawesi island yesterday, prompting panicked residents to flee the area.

Thousands flee as Indonesia volcano erupts

Thousands of residents have been evacuated after a volcano in central Indonesia erupted, sending red-hot lava cascading down its slopes.

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Nature Studies by Michael McCarthy: Wet summers conceal a terrible surprise

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Flybe pulls out of dive as passenger numbers pick up

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Book Of A Lifetime: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, By Jules Verne

One of the books I have read and re-read with unfailing pleasure and interest is Jules Verne's 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea'. I can date my first reading precisely, as I still have my copy, given to me by "Mummy and Daddy, Christmas 1948", when I was nine. This edition was published in 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio, and has beautiful illustrations of sea creatures and seascapes, and of the brave adventurers who travel with Captain Nemo in his spacious submarine, the Nautilus. As a child, I liked the pictures of the narwhale and the kelp forest best, but now I also admire the narrator and his manservant Conseil, portrayed in handsome nakedness. Illustrated books were a rarity in that post-war period, and all the more to be cherished.

Ash cloud grounds more flights in Australia

International and domestic flights through Australian airports were cancelled today as an ash cloud from a Chilean volcano moved into the country's airspace.

Some Australian flights resume after ash cloud

Airlines started flying a backlog of thousands of stranded passengers to and from Australia's second-largest city today after an ash cloud from a Chilean volcano began to clear.

Chilean ash cloud grounds flights in Australia and New Zealand

Tens of thousands of passengers in Australia and New Zealand were stranded yesterday when airlines suspended flights as an ash cloud from an erupting volcano in southern Chile, about 7,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean, spread west. Australia's national carrier, Qantas, said all the airline's flights in and out of the southeastern city of Melbourne would be grounded.

Lombok: Volcanic appeal in an Indonesian idyll

There's a buzz about Lombok, says <b>Iain Stewart</b>, as hip hotels and spas combine with dramatic scenery to offer an alternative to Bali

Video: Chilean volcano erupts

The skies in southern Chile are darkened by huge volcanic ash clouds as eruptions continue.

Pic of the Day: Six miles high, the eruption that shook Chile and Argentina

The skies turned black across southern Chile and Argentina as one of the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanoes belched out a heavy blanket of ash, the first eruption in half a century.

Thousands evacuated as volcano erupts in Chile

One of the volcanoes in the Caulle Cordon of southern Chile erupted violently, billowing smoke and ash high into the sky and prompting more than 3,500 people living nearby to evacuate.

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