Map of Major Natural Disasters 2015
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Last Updated: Monday, August 31, 2015

Indonesia's Mount Lokon spews volcanic ash around 1,500 m high


Mount Lokon erupted 11:48 p.m. local time Saturday, spewing volcanic ash around 1,500 meters high, The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) said.

PVMBG has maintained Mount Lokon’s status at siaga (Alert Level 3) and people have been prohibited to enter the 2.5-kilometer radius from the volcano’s Tompaluan Crater.

Last Updated: Sunday, August 30, 2015

M 5.0 tremor felt in Kathmandu valley; epicenter in Sindhupalchowk


Magnitude 5.0 moderate aftershock rattled Kathmandu valley at 07:02 pm, Nepal Seismological Center reported. 

According to NSC, the epicenter was located in Sindhupalchowk district near Kadambaas.

At least two tremors rattle Nepal Sunday morning


At least two tremors rattled Nepal Sunday morning, Nepal Seismological Center (NSC) reported.

According to the NSC, magnitude 4.3 aftershock at 03:09 am had its epicenter in Dhading. Another aftershock of magnitude 4.1 rattled Dolakha at 08:26 am.

Last Updated: Saturday, August 29, 2015

North Korea flooding kills 40, affects thousands


Flooding triggered by heavy downpour has claimed lives of at least 40 people in North Korea, the International Federation of the Red Cross and North Korean media said.

More than 11,000 people have been affected by the floods, which hit the northeastern city of Rajin, near the border with Russia and China, on Saturday and Sunday, Reuters reported quoting Hler Gudjonsson, a spokesman for the Red Cross in Beijing.

Last Updated: Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hanumante River flood inundates temporary shelters for earthquake survivors in Bhaktapur, Nepal


Heavy downpour in Bhaktapur on Thursday has inundated at least 60 houses. The flooding caused by the swollen Hanumante river has flooded temporary shelter for earthquake survivors in the district.

Flood water has affected Chymasingh, Jagati, Maheswori, Srijananagar, Sallaghari, Bhelukhel, Ram Mandir and Barahisthan area.

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Second earthquake in a month hits Humla, Nepal


Magnitude 4.1 light earthquake hit Humla Wednesday afternoon at 01:32 pm, Nepal Seismological Center (NSC) reported.

According to NSC, the quake's epicenter was located near Muchu. This is the second light earthquake in Humla, Nepal this month.

Tropical Storm Ignacio targets Hawaiian islands; Forecast to become hurricane on Thursday


A tropical depression in the East Pacific has strengthened into Tropical Storm Ignacio, which is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane later this week as it moves in a west to eventually west-northwest direction. 

According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Ignacio was located 2,460km ESE of Hilo, Hawaii  at 2:00 pm PDT (21:00 UTC).