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Australia`s ancient volcanic eruptions caused first mass extinction 510mn yrs ago

Last Updated: Saturday, May 31, 2014, 17:00

A Curtin University researcher has revealed that Australia`s deadly eruptions, which occurred over 510 million years ago, were the significant reason behind the climate change that caused history`s first known mass extinction.

New method may predict volcanic eruption

Last Updated: Monday, May 05, 2014, 16:43

Scientists are working on a new method that can predict volcanic eruption behaviour to help prevent disasters more effectively.

Indonesia volcano erupts; 76,000 evacuated, most of Java`s airports shut

Last Updated: Friday, February 14, 2014, 17:39

More than 76,000 people fled their homes and flights were grounded across most of Indonesia`s densely populated island of Java on Friday after a volcanic eruption sent a huge plume of ash and sand 17 km (10 miles) into the air.

Volcanoes shift before they erupt

Last Updated: Monday, January 13, 2014, 19:19

As they prepare to erupt, volcanoes shift their base, says an interesting study that paves the way for volcanologists to forecast future eruptions.

Mysterious 13th century eruption traced to Indonesian volcano

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 01, 2013, 15:39

Scientists have claimed that the Samalas Volcano on Lombok Island, Indonesia was responsible for a huge eruption that occurred in the 13th Century.

Molten magma can survive in Earth`s upper crust for hundreds of millennia

Last Updated: Monday, August 26, 2013, 13:54

Silica-rich magma reservoirs can persist in Earth`s upper crust for hundreds of thousands of years without causing an eruption, according to a new research.

Screaming volcanoes` secret explained

Last Updated: Monday, July 15, 2013, 10:58

Swarms of small earthquakes sometimes precede a volcanic eruption at such rapid succession that they create a signal called harmonic tremor, which resembles sounds made by various musical instruments.

Humans reached Indian subcontinent after volcanic eruption

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 18:03

Modern humans did not enter the Indian subcontinent until after the supervolcanic eruption of Mount Toba in Sumatra nearly 75,000 years ago.

`Permian mass extinction triggered by microbe`

Last Updated: Sunday, December 16, 2012, 16:08

A humble microbe, instead of a devastating meteorite or a catastrophic volcanic eruption, wiped off over 90 percent of the species on Earth 251-million-years ago.

Rhino fossil found preserved in volcanic eruption

Last Updated: Thursday, November 22, 2012, 16:07

Researchers have identified the skull of a rhino that perished in a volcanic eruption about 9.2 million years ago, making it a rare find as less than two percent of such fossils are preserved.

Modern humans behind Neanderthals’ demise

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 19:55

A new study has revealed that modern humans were probably a greater threat to the Neanderthals than major natural events like extreme cold weather or volcanoes.

Volcanic eruptions serve to sustain reefs

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 17:34

Could the pumice, a light and porous volcanic rock that surges into the ocean once a volcano erupts in Tonga or elsewhere in the south-west Pacific save the Great Barrier Reef?