> SECOND ERUPTION SPEWS MORE ASH ON EVACUATED JAPANESE VILLAGES
A volcano in northern Japan erupted again on Saturday, a day after it roared to life and sent a spectacular plume of molten rock and ash billowing two miles above the crater and rolling down the snow-quilted slopes.
> JAPAN'S MOUNT USU ERUPTS, MORE BLASTS POSSIBLE
Plumes of smoke and ash from the Mount Usu volcano blanketed the snowy countryside of Japan's northern island of Hokkaido on Friday, and government experts said additional blasts from new craters were possible.
> HUNDREDS EVACUATED NEAR THREATENING JAPANESE VOLCANO
Three towns near a volcano that was in danger of erupting in northern Japan ordered the evacuation of 8,000 people as increasingly powerful tremors shook the region Wednesday.
> JAPAN'S MOUNT USU VOLCANO ERUPTS
Hot rock, gas, ash and smoke blanketed the snowy countryside of Japan's northern island of Hokkaido on Friday when the Mount Usu volcano erupted after days of tremors. Reports of injuries or damage were not immediately available. Experts monitoring the volcano's seismic activity had predicted the eruption, and had evacuated more than 11,000 residents from homes at its base. Approximately 51,000 people live in Date and two other towns near the 2,416-foot mountain, 475 miles north of Tokyo.
> NASA RELEASES FIRST 'FLYOVER MOVIE' OF ASTEROID
A NASA robot ship has become a film director of sorts, lensing a thriller while closely orbiting an asteroid millions of miles from Earth.
> RARE METEORITE PROMISES GLIMPSE INTO DAWN OF CREATION
Pieces of a meteor that stunned viewers when it exploded in a giant fireball earlier this year could help explain the formation of solar system and life on Earth, scientists said this week.
> 'LA NINA' SETS WARMING RECORD, RAISES DROUGHT AND FIRE CONCERNS
The warm, dry weather associated with the "La Nina" weather phenomenon brought the warmest winter in U.S. history, and could bring a rough fire season to the Southeast United States, according to two separate U.S. government reports
released Friday. The National Climatic Data Center reports all-time record high average temperatures for the December-through-February season throughout the United States.