Glowing red lava rolls down slopes of Philippine volcano

Glowing red lava rolls down slopes of Philippine volcano

LEGAZPI, Philippines

Glowing red lava was rolling down the slopes of a Philippine volcano as authorities maintain a warning of a possible hazardous eruption.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said Tuesday morning the lava was quietly flowing in some places but at times Mount Mayon was erupting like a fountain. Lava had advanced up to 1.24 miles from the crater, and ash was falling nearby.

Nearly 15,000 people have fled the danger zone already. The alert level remained three on a scale of five, indicating an increased prospect of a hazardous eruption “within weeks or even days.”

Mayon lies in Albay province about 210 miles southeast of Manila. It has erupted about 50 times in the last 500 years, sometimes violently. Five climbers died in 2013.

Oil spill expanding in East China Sea


Several oil slicks have been found in waters around a sunken Iranian tanker ship in the East China Sea in a spill that is growing.

The State Oceanic Administration said late Monday oil slicks around the site of the sunken ship were much larger than the previous day.

It says a 9-mile-long oil slick was found southwest of the site as well as another one that stretched for 11 miles east of it.

The Chinese transport ministry said Monday the fire from the sunken ship had burned out.

Concerns remain about possible major pollution to the seabed and surrounding waters.

Communication with airlines needs improvement


Sen. Charles Schumer wants federal transportation officials to urge foreign airlines to work better with the operators of New York’s Kennedy Airport after winter weather woes cascaded into days of cancellations and delays this month.

Schumer wrote a letter Monday to the federal Department of Transportation.

The Senate Democratic leader notes that the department issues documents allowing foreign airlines to operate in the U.S. He suggests that it “utilize that leverage” to encourage foreign carriers to “develop more meaningful communication systems and contingency plans” with Kennedy’s governmental and private operators.

The recent problems were centered in terminals that handle international flights.

The department has no immediate response to Schumer’s request.

Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is investigating the problems, at the request of the two-state agency that runs the airport.

A peek at future cars at auto show


It’s the year of the pickup truck at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit as General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Ford unveil new trucks in a fast-growing and highly competitive U.S. auto market.

But there are plenty of other vehicles at the show, which is one of the industry’s largest. Mercedes and BMW have new SUVs, while several Japanese automakers are showing off prototypes of future vehicles.

It’s all happening in a U.S. auto market that’s shrinking but still expected to remain at healthy levels. Last year sales fell 2 percent to 17.2 million, still near record highs. Analysts expect sales to be just under 17 million in 2018.

Associated Press

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