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Last Updated: Friday, April 29, 2016

M7.0 earthquake in Norsup prompts Tsunami warning in Vanuatu


Norsup earthquake causes Tsunami warning in Vanuatu
Magnitude 7.0 powerful earthquake rocked Vanuatu at 06:33 am local time Friday morning on April 29, 2016 prompting tsunami warning in the area.

The earthquake occured at 27.2 miles depth with epicenter located just 1 km SE of Norsup.

The National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) warned that the earthquake generate tsunami waves of up to three metres (10 feet) on parts of the Vanuatu coast. 

Last Updated: Thursday, April 28, 2016

Landslide in Guatemala kills 2, leaves 20 missing


Landslide triggered by heavy rainfall has claimed lives of two people and left 20 others missing in Guatemala's landfill Wednesday afternoon.

Injured people are having treatment at San de Dios Hospital, EFE reported quoting Volunteer Firefighter spokesman Julio Sanchez.

New Zealand's White Island Volcano shows minor eruption


Volcanic eruption at White Island, New Zealand
Source: GeoNet
An eruption occurred at White Island (Whaakari) volcano in New Zealand about 9:50 pm on 27 April 2016, GeoNet  volcanologist Agnes Mazot confirmed.

GNS volcanologists found dark-green ash deposit from the eruption covering at least 80% of the floor of Main Crater, and up the sides of the crater wall on both the north and south sides.

Indonesia's Mount Karangetang volcano emits lava


Mount Karangetang volcano in North Sulawesi region of Indonesia erupted on Wednesday evening sending hot lava as far as 2 kilometers from its crater.

Lava from Mt. Karangetang went toward the Kahetang River, around 2,000 meters from the crater, The Jakarta Post reported quoting Sitaro Disaster Mitigation Agency ( BPBD ) head Bob Chalton Wuaten.

What is the most serious natural hazard in Bangladesh?


Bangladesh is a sovereign South Asian country bordered by India and Myanmar. Bangladesh lies in top five countries with high natural disaster risk according to World Risk Report.

Q: What is the most serious natural hazard in Bangladesh?

A: Flood is the most serious natural hazard in Bangladesh as the country is situated on the Ganges Delta. Bangladesh is prone to flash floods in hilly regions, monsoon floods and coastal flooding. Other common natural disasters in Bangladesh include earthquake, landslides, tornadoes and tropical cyclones.


Magnitude 5.2 earthquake rocks La Rochelle, France


Earthquake epicenter map of La Rochelle, France
A magnitude 5.2 earthquake rocked La Rochelle, the southwestern city of France on Thursday morning at 08:46 am local time.

According to the Central French Seismic Office, the earthquake occurred on April 28, 2016 with epicenter located 16 km SE of La Rochelle. 

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Light earthquake rattles Whakatane, New Zealand: GeoNet


Earthquake epicenter map of Whakatane, New Zealand
Magnitude 4.0 light earthquake rattled Whakatane town of New Zealand at 02:25 pm Wednesday afternoon.

According to GeoNet, the epicenter was located 10 km north-east of Opotiki. The earthquake occurred at 46 km depth.