Major Natural Disasters Map For 2014

Major Natural Disasters Map For 2014
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Last Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014

Chile Forest Fires 2014: 16 dead, 2,000 homes destroyed, emergency declared


Recent forest fires in Chile have claimed lives of at least 16 people and destroyed around 2,000 homes, Valparaiso's Emergency Committee said.

Chile forest fires 2014 have destroyed some 756 hectares causing evacuations of 10,000 people, Valparaiso's Emergency Committee further added.

According to the Associated Press, some 1,200 firefighters are struggling to control the forest fires in Chile. A state of emergency has been declared in Valparaiso.

Related Post: Recent natural calamities in Chile

Below are images of Chile forest fires 2014.

This photo shows a helicopter assisting forest fire damage in Valparaiso, Chile (Reuters/Eliseo Fernandez).

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The fire forced thousands of residents to evacuate (Reuters).

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An apocalyptic scene as the flames covered the Valparaiso city(AFP).

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Below is a raw video of Chile forest fire 2014 (Associated Press).



Original post: Natural Disasters List April 14, 2014
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita upgraded to Category 5 !


The category 5 cyclone Ita is predicted to make landfall between Cape Melville and Cooktown region of Australia late Friday afternoon with very destructive winds to 300 km/hr.

At 6:00 am EST Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita, Category 5, was estimated to be 235 kilometres north northeast of Cooktown and 380 kilometres north of Cairns.

A Cyclone Warning is in effect for coastal areas from Lockhart River to Innisfail including Cooktown, Port Douglas and Cairns, and extending inland to areas including Kalinga, Palmerville, Mareeba and Chillagoe, Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology said.

Tropical cyclone Ita is the most severe system it has seen approach the Queensland coast since Cyclone Yasi in 2011, ABC News has reported quoting the Weather Bureau.

Cyclone Ita caused massive flooding across the Solomon Islands in early April 2014. A state of emergency was declared after Honiara's main river, the Matanikau, burst its banks and caused disastrous flooding in Solomon Islands.

Original post: Natural Disasters List April 10, 2014
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lightning in Mizoram, India claims 2


Lightning in Sialhawk village in eastern Mizoram region of India has claimed lives of at least two people.

Lightning accompanied by rainstorm hit the Champhai district.

Original post: Natural Disasters List April 9, 2014
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 6, 2014

21 dead, 40 missing in Solomon Islands floods


Flooding in the Solomon Islands has claimed lives of at least 21 people, left 40 missing and made up to 49,000 homeless.

A state of emergency has been declared after Honiara's main river, the Matanikau, burst its banks, Xinhua News Agency reported.

New Zealand has send an air force Hercules with disaster relief supplies in the area.

Original post: Natural Disasters List April 6, 2014
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Chilean Earthquake 2014 creates Tsunami in Japan


Magnitude 8.2 earthquake in Chile has caused Tsunami in Japan. A tsunami of up to 40 centimeters has been observed at a port of Iwate Prefecture early Thursday morning, Xinhua reported.

The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued a tsunami alert for Pacific coastal areas of Hokkaido and the Tohoku region, some parts of the Kanto region and the Izu and Ogasawara islands.

According to the public broadcaster NHK, local authorities have issued evacuation advisories to more than 22,000 people living near the coastline in Iwate prefecture, northern Japan.

The 2011 Tohoku earthquake created Tsunami up to 40.5 m in Japan.

At least six people have confirmed dead in Chilean earthquake 2014. Most of the victims are killed by falling debris or heart attacks.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 95 km NW of Iquique. It was 7.7 miles deep.

The Chilean earthquake 2014 occurred as the result of thrust faulting at shallow depths near the Chilean coast, USGS added.

Tsunami warnings were issued for the Latin American Pacific coastlines of Chile, Peru, and Ecuador shortly after the earthquake occurred. Hawaii was also under a Tsunami advisory for over 13 hours.

Chile is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries.

Original post: Natural Disasters List April 2, 2014
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Magnitude 8.2 Earthquake in Chile isn't April Fool's Joke, Six Confirmed Dead


Update 2 April 2014 (15:05 UTC)
-Death toll from earthquake in Northern Chile has risen to six. According to the Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo, most of the victims killed by falling debris or heart attacks.
-Chile's Navy lifted tsunami warnings for all of Chile long coastline at around 7 a.m. local time (11 a.m. GMT).
-According to the Chile's navy reports, the first tsunami wave arrived on the coast within 45 minutes of the quake.
-Around 23 flights canceled due to the closure of airports in northern Chile.
-All classes in Aria and Parinacota regions cancelled today.
-The state of emergency declared in northern provinces.

Related post: Chilean Earthquake 2014 creates Tsunami in Japan

Below is a Tsunami animation video prepared by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC). The animation shows simulated tsunami wave propagation for 30 hours followed by an "energy map" showing the maximum open-ocean wave heights over that period.



M 8.2 massive earthquake shakes Northern Chile today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 95 km NW of Iquique. It was 7.7 miles deep.

A tsunami alert has been issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre for all of Latin America's Pacific coast. The Chile's emergency office has warned that a large tsunami wave would hit Robinson Crusoe island and others in the Juan Fernandez archipelago.

Some roads in northern Chile have been blocked by landslides.

According to the USGS, the April 1, 2014 M 8.2 earthquake in northern Chile occurred as the result of thrust faulting at shallow depths near the Chilean coast. 

Yesterday a letter featuring the USGS agency's logo was apparently sent to area residents and circulated online in California. USGS later mentioned that it does not predict earthquakes and 7.4 earthquake warning is just April Fool's Joke send by anonymous. The letter claimed "California is issuing a statewide warning" with five communities -Westminster, Santa Ana, Long Beach, Newport Beach and La Habra in high risk zone. Hundreds of aftershocks have been recorded in La Habra since March 28.

Chile is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries.

23:46 UTC (local time 2014-04-01 18:46 @ epicenter)

Shaking Intensity (MMI)
VI (Strong): Arica, Iquique, Las Yaras, Cruz de Machacamarca, Pocollay and Calana.
V (Moderate): Tacna, Ilo, Moquegua, Calama and Mollendo.

Epicenter Location
95 km (59mi) NW of Iquique, Chile
139 km (86mi) SSW of Arica, Chile
190 km (118mi) SSW of Tacna, Peru
228 km (142mi) SSE of Ilo, Peru
447 km (278mi) SW of La Paz, Bolivia

Original post: Natural Disasters List April 1, 2014

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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Oso mudslide kills 24, leaves 22 missing


Update 2014/04/01
According to the Washington governor, Jay Inslee, the Oso mudslide has claimed lives of at least 24 people and caused financial losses of $10 million. The number of people missing has been lowered to 22. 

Update 2014/03/27
Death toll from Oso mudslide has risen to 20. The number of missing people has dropped to 90.

Photo below shows rescue workers looking for victims in the mudslide near Oso, Washington March 26, 2014 (via Reuters/Rick Wilking).

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Massive mudslide in Oso, Washington State has claimed lives of at least 14 people and left around 176 missing, The Seattle Times reported quoting the Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington.

The Oso mudslide swept down Skaglund Hill, just east of Oso, Washington on March 22, 2014.

The massive landslide is reported at 15 million cubic yards of mud and debris which came down from a hillside above the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River.

This is what Dave Norman, state geologist with Department of Natural Resources said
Oso mudslide is one of the biggest mudslide I have ever seen. The mudslide is still moving, and there’s no way to tell when it will be stable enough for rescue workers to resume looking for victims throughout the slide area
Oso mudslide is believed to be caused by the ground saturation from heavy rainfall in the area.

Washington state Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen has already declared a state of emergency in Snohomish County.

Photo below shows the hillside that gave way in the upper left and the blocked highway and river (via Washington State Department of Transportation). 

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 Photo below shows a destroyed home stranded atop mud and debris on Highway 530 near Oso (via CNN).

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This photo shows emergency workers at the Oso mudslide site (via CNN).

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Rescuers aided by dogs, sonar equipment and aircraft are trying to find trapped survivors in Oso, a remote town north of Seattle.

A flash-flood watch remains in effect for Snohomish County through Tuesday afternoon.

President Obama has signed an emergency declaration, allowing FEMA and other agencies to coordinate relief efforts as needed.

Below is the you tube video of Oso mudslide prepared by CNN.



Original post: Natural Disasters List March 25, 2014
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 30, 2014

Light earthquake shakes Ober-Ramstadt, Germany


M 3.3 light earthquake shakes Ober-Ramstadt, Germany today, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre reported.

According to the EMSC, the quake's epicenter was located 3 km SW of Ober-Ramstadt. It was 8 km deep.

People of Bensheim, Lautertal and Ober-Ramstadt have felt light to weak shaking.

15:57 UTC (local time: 17:57:59.0 2014-03-30 @ epicenter)

Epicenter Location
3 km SW of Ober-Ramstadt, Germany
7 km SE of Darmstadt, Germany
37 km SE of Mainz, Germany
187 km E of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Original post: Natural Disasters List March 30, 2014

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La Habra earthquake 2014: Aftershocks rattle Southern California


M 5.1 moderate earthquake shakes La Habra, California, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located just 1 km S of La Habra and 33 km ESE of Los Angeles. It was 4.6 miles deep.

Tremors were felt widely throughout Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. La Habra earthquake was followed by two foreshocks, a M 3.6 at 8:03 pm and a M2.1 at 8:16 pm.

Around 100 aftershocks have been recorded since an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 struck near La Habra on Friday night.

The La Habra Police Department has received multiple reports of broken windows throughout the community.

According to Southern California Edison, 34 customers remain without power in the La Habra Heights area and 792 customers remain without power in Buena Park.

Red Cross immediately opened shelter in La Habra Community Center for those impacted.

According to the USGS, the demonstration earthquake early warning system provided 4 second warning in Pasadena.

Below is a photo of overturned car after hitting a rock slide caused by an earthquake on a highway in the Carbon Canyon area of Brea, California (AP Photo/Kevin Warn).

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04:09 UTC (local time 2014-03-28 21:09 @ epicenter)

Epicenter Location
1 km (1mi) S of La Habra, California
4 km (2mi) W of Brea, California
5 km (3mi) NNW of Fullerton, California|
6 km (4mi) E of La Mirada, California
546 km (339mi) W of Phoenix, Arizona

Original post: Natural Disasters List March 30, 2014

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