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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

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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.

Smoke billows from a new island off the coast of Nishinoshima, a small, uninhabited island in the Ogasawara chain, far south of Tokyo Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. The Japan Coast Guard and earthquake experts said a volcanic eruption has raised the new island in the seas to the far south of Tokyo. The coast guard issued an advisory Wednesday warning of heavy black smoke from the eruption.

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Smoke billows from a new island off the coast of Nishinoshima, a small, uninhabited island in the Ogasawara chain, far south of Tokyo on Thursday. The Japan Coast Guard and earthquake experts said the island emerged as a result of a volcanic eruption. Read more

TOPSHOTS This picture taken in Karo on N...TOPSHOTS This picture taken in Karo on November 19, 2013 shows Sinabung volcano spewing volcanic ash and hot smoke in Karo. Mount Sinabung on western Sumatra island, which has been erupting on and off since mid-September, shot volcanic ash around 10,000 metres into the air, according to Indonesia's Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on November 19. AFP PHOTO / SUTANTA ADITYASUTANTA ADITYA/AFP/Getty Images

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A woman looks on as Mount Sinabung spews ash, as pictured from Sibintun village in Karo district

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A woman looks on from Sibintun village in North Sumatra, Indonesia, as Mount Sinabung spews ash on Monday

Villagers harvest potatoes at their field, located just less than four kilometers from mount Sinabung in Karo district on November 14, 2013 in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia. Up to 4,300 residents have been evacuated from five villages in North Sumatra due to the volcanic eruptions of Mount Sinabung. The volcano has been erupting for several days, spewing ash and lava 2.5 miles into the sky.

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Villagers harvest potatoes on Thursday in a field that is a little less than four kilometers from Mount Sinabung , close to Medan in Sumatra, Indonesia. The volcanic mountain has erupted three times in as many months and up to 4,300 residents have been evacuated from five villages in area