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Irish Cold Spells Linked to Volcanic Eruptions, Via Old Writings

Major volcanic eruptions around the world have coincided with periods of unusually cold weather in Ireland for a span of more than 1,200 years, new research shows. The findings suggest eruptions could have complex effects on regional climates, possibly leading to cooling in areas of the Northern Hem Full story

Climate Change May Increase Volcanic Eruptions

The rapid rise in sea levels could cause a dramatic increase in volcanic eruptions, according to a new study. Full story

Firefight! Men throw flaming rags in annual event

   Early TODAY’s Lynn Berry takes a look at video of young men in El Salvador throwing balls of flame at each other as part of an annual event marking a huge volcanic eruption in the 1600s that forced many residents to leave the town.

Earliest Baby Animals Preserved in Ancient Volcanic Ash

The ash from a Pompeii-style volcanic eruption more than a half-billion years ago smothered a nursery of what may be some of the earliest known animals, researchers say. Full story

The Week in Pictures: June 2 - 9

   A colorful volcanic eruption in Chile, a wild elephant's deadly rampage in India, burning parachutes in Afghanistan and more.

Trembling of Volcanoes Could Predict Their Eruption

An earthshaking new way to warn of explosive volcanic eruptions hours or days before they happen may finally have been discovered, by analyzing the tremors around the volcano, scientists reveal. Full story

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