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A long exposure photo shows smoke rising as lava flows from the crater of Mount Slamet volcano before dawn, as seen from Brebes town in Indonesia's Central Java province on September 12, 2014. Indonesian authorities have put the Mount Slamet volcano on the second-highest alert level after it erupted 38 times on September 11, spewing lava some 1500 metres (5,000 feet) into the air. Authorities warned residents to remain outside a four-kilometre radius of the volcano.

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Smoke rises as lava flows from the crater of Mount Slamet volcano, as seen before dawn from Brebes town in Indonesia‘s Central Java province on Friday

Lava fountains are pictured at the site of a fissure eruption near Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano September 2, 2014. A fissure eruption near Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano was still spouting lava on Monday but no ash, a day after an eruption that briefly caused the country to raise its ash alert level for aviation to its highest level. Iceland's largest volcanic system - 190 km long and up to 25 km wide (118 miles by 15.5 miles) - has been hit by thousands of earthquakes over the last two weeks, putting scientists have been on high alert.

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Lava fountains spew out at the site of a fissure eruption near Icelands Bardarbunga volcano

The Tungurahua volcano throws ash and stones during an eruption seen from Banos, Ecuador, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The volcano entered an eruptive phase in 1999 and continues to this day.

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Mount Tavurvur erupting in eastern Papua New Guinea, spewing rocks and ash into the air, forcing the evacuation of local communities and international flights to be re-routed. Mount Tavurvur, which destroyed the town of Rabaul when it erupted simultaneously with nearby Mount Vulcan in 1994, rumbled to life early in the morning on the tip of the remote island of New Britain.

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Mount Tavurvur erupting in eastern Papua New Guinea, spewing rocks and ash into the air, forcing the evacuation of local communities and international flights to be re-routed

Lava spewed by the Tungurahua volcano can be seen from the city of Banos, Ecuador. An orange alert was issued by the volcanic activity of the Tungurahua

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Lava spewed by the Tungurahua volcano can be seen from the city of Banos, Ecuador. An orange alert was issued by the volcanic activity of the Tungurahua

Villagers covering their faces from volcanic ash follwoing Mount Kelud's eruption in Solo, Indonesia, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. The major volcanic eruption shrouded a large swath of the country's most heavily populated island in ash on Friday, triggering the evacuation of more than 100,000 people and the closure of three international airports after killing two people.

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Villagers cover their faces from volcanic ash after Mount Kelud erupts in Solo, Indonesia. The country’s most heavily populated island was covered in ash on Friday, triggering the evacuation of more than 100,000 people and the closure of three international airports after two people died Read more

The Tungurahua volcano spews smoke as pictured from the city of Huambalo, Ecuador...The Tungurahua volcano spews smoke as pictured from the city of Huambalo, Ecuador, February 3, 2014. An orange alert was issued in response to the volcanic activity. REUTERS/Cris Toala Olivares (ECUADOR - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

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The Tungurahua volcano, as seen from the city of Huambalo, Ecuador Read more

Indonesian men watch Mount Sinabung spewing volcanic materials during an eruption in Tiga Kicat, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. The 2,600-meter (8,530-foot) volcano has sporadically erupted since September.

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Indonesian men watch Mount Sinabung spewing volcanic materials during an eruption in Tiga Kicat, North Sumatra, Indonesia on Friday. The 2,600 metre volcano has sporadically erupted since last September

Lava flows from the Mount Etna volcano on the southern Italian island of Sicily near Catania early on Monday. The eruption of the Mount Etna volcano in Sicily yesterday forced the closure of nearby Catania airport because of the plumes of ash billowing into the sky, airport officials said. Twenty-one scheduled departures from Catania had to be scrapped and 26 arrivals re-routed to alternative destinations. The smaller airport of Comiso in the area was also closed down.

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Lava flows from Mount Etna, the volcano on the southern Italian island of Sicily near Catania early on Monday. The eruption forced the closure of Catania airport due to the plumes of ash billowing into the sky, airport officials said.

A newly created small islet near Nishinoshima island of the Ogasawara island chain, 1,000 kilometres south of Tokyo.  A new island created by a volcanic eruption off Japan's coast is here to stay -- for now at least, scientists said on December 10, adding the new landmass could withstand erosion for several years.

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An islet near the coast of Japan that was created by a volcanic eruption is here to stay, at least for now, scientists said on Tuesday. The land mass near Nishinoshima island, part of the Ogasawara chain, 1,000 km south of Tokyo, could withstand erosion for several years.