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Last Updated: Monday, June 4, 2018

Guatemala’s Fuego volcano eruption kills 25

June 4, 2018:  Volcán de Fuego in southern Guatemala began a violent volcanic eruption claiming lives of atleast 25 people.

Another 46 people are missing, the  the authorities from Guatemala’s natural disaster commission, known as Conred said.
Villages on the slopes of Fuego volcano were buried in volcanic ash, mud and rocks as the volcano erupted for 16 and a half hours on Sunday.

The volcano, which sits less than 30 miles from the capital, Guatemala City, erupted just before noon Sunday and continued to spew ash, rocks and gas into the air. A second powerful eruption followed at 6:45 p.m, The New York Times reported.

The ashfall forced the shutdown of La Aurora International Airport, the country's primary airport, where Guatemalan military have been deployed to keep ash off the tarmac.
President Jimmy Morales has declared three days of national mourning.

Volcán de Fuego or Chi'gag ("Volcano of Fire") is an active stratovolcano in Guatemala, on the borders of Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Sacatepéquez departments.

It is the most deadly eruption in the country since the Santa Maria volcano eruption of 1902.

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Landslide in Oromia region of Ethiopia kills 32

May 28, 2018: Landslide in Oromia region of Ethiopia claimed lives of at least 32 people.

Ethiopia's state-affiliated broadcaster, Fana Broadcasting Corporation reported that the landslide occurred due to heavy rainfall.

At least 23 people died in a landslide in the Sidama zone. Other nine people died in the Gamo Gofa zone.

Cyclone Mekunu kills 13 in Oman and Yemen

May 29, 2018: Severe cyclone Mekunu has claimed lives of at least 13 people in Oman and Yemen, including seven on Socotra, and six in Oman.

Mekunu made landfall on the Omani coast near the city of Salalah at peak intensity. 

Cyclonic Storm Mekunu was the most intense tropical cyclone to make landfall over the Arabian Peninsula on record.

Last Updated: Monday, May 28, 2018

Flood emergency declared in Maryland after flash flooding

May 28, 2018: A flash flood emergency has been issued for Ellicott City, Maryland, as water rushed down the city’s main street.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan  declared a state of emergency in a community west of Baltimore hit by flash floods.

Last Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018

Moderate earthquake in Mayotte rocks capital Mamoudzou

May 25, 2018: Magnitude 5.0 moderate earthquake rattled Mayotte today at 09:36 am local time.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake's epicenter was located 36 km E of Pamandzi. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 10 km.

The tremor was well felt in Pamanzi, Dzaoudzi, Mamoudzou and Ouangani area.

Mayotte has been continuously experiencing several light to moderate earthquakes from last few days. This is the second moderate earthquake of the day. At 08:43 am local time, magnitude 4.6 earthquake rattled Mayotte.

Mayotte is an insular department and region of France officially named the Department of Mayotte.

Felt Report ('Felt Reports' as received by EMSC)

From Pamanzi (Mayotte): A pamandzi plusieurs secousses depuis ce matin allant en s'intensifiant. Les meubles et mûr tremblen'y.
From Pamandzi (Mayotte): C'est la première fois que nous sortons dehors... Aucune mesure envisagées par le gouvernement pour nous secourir.
From Pamandzi (Mayotte): Le lit tremblait fort ainsi que l’armoire qu’on voyait bouger.
From Dzaoudzi (Mayotte): Secousse bien ressenti le mur de école a bougé
From Labattoir (Mayotte): 5 seulement !!!! C'est pas du tout l'impression que ça a donné comparé aux autres séismes des ces derniers jours.
From Labattoir (Mayotte): 3-4 secousses en moins d’une heure et de plus en plus intense
From Dzaoudzi (Mayotte): Durée du séisme bien plus longue (autour de 5 secondes) que les autres. Ce qui les rendaient plus effrayant et influencait probablement plus les bâtiments.
From Mamoudzou (Mayotte): Secousses nombreuses ce matin, la dernière ayant été assez forte

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

FEMA hosts Delaware flood insurance partners roundtable

May 18, 2018: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region III, in partnership with the State of Delaware, hosted the Delaware Flood Insurance Partners Roundtable. FEMA, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) planned and coordinated the roundtable to bring together key stakeholders to discuss insurance. 

The meeting included key local, state, federal, and private sector partners, including Delaware State Agency partners, floodplain managers, emergency managers, realtors, lenders, and insurance agents from across the state to engage in a critical discussion on increasing flood insurance coverage in Delaware and reducing flood risk.

According to the FEMA, “The Delaware Flood Planning Tool developed by DNREC, allows users to see current and proposed floodplain map information, and to allow design professionals to download watershed flood models to determine the impacts of proposed projects which encroach on floodplains.” The flood planning tool is available online at

News Source: FEMA Official Website (Retrieved from:

West Virginia to receive $7.9 million to improve emergency preparedness

May 21, 2018: West Virginia will receive $7.9 million to improve emergency preparedness.

According to the news release, the state will receive more than $3.9 million under the State Homeland Security Program, more than $3.7 million under the Emergency Management Performance Grants program and $150,000 under the Nonprofit Security Grant State Program.

About half of the funding is to help with protection against acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events, while the $3.7 million will help prepare for all hazards and the $150,000 will assist nonprofit organizations with preparedness.