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The Latest: S. Korean diva sings at North Korean volcano

The Latest: S. Korean diva sings at North Korean volcanoSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (all times local):



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Politics, pride in leaders trip to 'sacred' N. Korea volcano

Politics, pride in leaders trip to 'sacred' N. Korea volcanoPYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — There is no more sacred place in North Korea than Mount Paektu — and getting South Korean President Moon Jae-in to such a spot is a propaganda coup unlike any other.



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Tourists go off beaten path on North Korea's sacred volcano

Tourists go off beaten path on North Korea's sacred volcanoMOUNT PAEKTU, North Korea (AP) — Foreign tourists looking to go off the beaten path in North Korea can now camp out on the country's biggest volcano.



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Scientists downgrade alert level for Hawaii volcano

Scientists downgrade alert level for Hawaii volcanoHONOLULU (AP) — Slowing activity at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has prompted scientists on Friday to downgrade their alert level for the mountain.



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Hurricane Hector heading towards Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano

Hurricane Hector heading towards Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcanoA major hurricane is cutting a path towards an active Hawaiian volcano where months of non-stop eruptions have already caused thousands to flee their homes. Scientists speculated that low-atmospheric pressure from Hurricane Hector could re-start major eruptions at the Kilauea Volcano, if it maintains its course over the southern edge of Hawaii’s Big Island. Its current trajectory puts it on collision course with the volcano which is in the midst of a three-month-long eruption that has seen lava vents open under homes on its eastern flank while its summit crater collapses.



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After Indonesian earthquake terror, hundreds trek down from volcano

After Indonesian earthquake terror, hundreds trek down from volcanoBy Agustinus Beo Da Costa and Fergus Jensen JAKARTA (Reuters) – Nearly 700 trekkers headed down Mount Rinjani on Indonesia’s tourist island of Lombok on Monday, a day after a powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.4 terrified the climbers as boulders tumbled down the slopes of the volcano. Officials said the death toll from Sunday’s earthquake, which was centered on the northern part of Lombok, but was also felt on the resort island of Bali to the west, stood at 16. “I thought I was going to die,” said John Robyn Buenavista, a 23-year-old American, who was at the summit when the quake hit.



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Bali volcano erupts: Thousands of tourists stranded as ash closes airport

Bali volcano erupts: Thousands of tourists stranded as ash closes airportThe Indonesian tourist island of Bali closed its international airport on Friday, stranding thousands of travellers, as the Mount Agung volcano gushed an 8,200-feet column of ash and smoke. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said nearly 450 flights were cancelled, affecting some 75,000 people. The regional Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin, Australia, said winds would carry the ash southwest toward Java, Indonesia’s most densely populated island. Volcanic ash is a potentially deadly threat to aircraft that can cause engines to "flame out." The volcano began belching ash and smoke on Thursday and several airlines cancelled inbound and outbound flights scheduled for the evening. "We hadn’t a place to stay for the night so we had to find something else, just took a taxi and stayed at a random hostel," said a stranded German backpacker who identified herself as Louisa. "We hoped we could leave this morning, but the airport is closed," she said. Mount Agung – Bali Two small airports, at Banyuwangi and Jember in eastern Java, also closed because of the ash threat. Agung’s alert level has not been raised and an exclusion zone around the crater remains at 2.5 miles. The disaster agency said the closure of Bali’s airport was in effect until 7 pm.  Australia’s national airline Qantas said in a statement that it’s "currently not safe" to operate Bali flights. A flight information board shows cancelled flights at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali Credit: AP It said it was monitoring advice from the ash advisory centre and its own pilots and meteorologists would decide when flights can resume. Australian visitor Rod Bird came early to the airport only to be told his flight back to Perth had been cancelled for the second time. An earlier flight on AirAsia was called off before the airport was shuttered early Friday morning. "They told us the volcano is going off so they rebooked us for this morning and we got here at 5:00 am only to be turned away again. So we've had two cancelled flights," Bird told AFP. "Well it's Bali, these things happen and we are fine with it. We just miss the kids," he added. Tourists rest as Ngurah Rai International Airport is closed due to the eruption of Mount Agung in Bali Credit: AP The volcano, about 45 miles northeast of Bali’s tourist hotspot of Kuta, last had a major eruption in 1963, killing about 1,100 people. It had a dramatic increase in activity last year, forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people, but had quietened by early this year. Authorities lowered its alert status from the highest level in February. Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 250 million people, sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" and is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Government seismologists monitor more than 120 active volcanoes.  



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Ash from Bali volcano shuts airport; passengers stranded, villagers flee

Ash from Bali volcano shuts airport; passengers stranded, villagers fleeBy Sultan Ashori DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) – Ash from a volcanic eruption on the Indonesian resort island of Bali forced the closure of its international airport and cancellation of hundreds of flights on Friday, while villagers living beneath rumbling Mount Agung began fleeing their homes. The eruption, which began on Thursday, fired a towering column of ash 2,500 meters (8,200 ft) into the sky, and reddish flames lit up the volcano’s crater overnight. Indonesia’s second-busiest airport will stay shut until at least 7 pm local time (1100 GMT) on Friday, with 85 international flights and 191 domestic flights canceled, affecting nearly 16,000 people, airport authorities said.



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Hawaiians Blame Misunderstanding of Volcano and 'Doomsday' Headlines for Big Drop in Tourism

Hawaiians Blame Misunderstanding of Volcano and 'Doomsday' Headlines for Big Drop in TourismKilauea's lava flow encompasses only 9.5 square miles on an island the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined



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Pot growers refuse to let go of dream after Kilauea volcano erupts

Pot growers refuse to let go of dream after Kilauea volcano eruptsDale Altman and his grandson Josh Doran live on a 5-acre (2-hectare) plot atop a hill on Hawaii’s Big Island by the erupting Kilauea volcano, where they grow medical marijuana.



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