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Natural Disasters List August 16, 2012


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Recent Natural Disasters
At least six people killed due to strong winds caused by Typhoon Kai-Tak in Philippines.

Recent Earthquakes
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  • M 3.7 light shallow earthquake in the Netherlands (@ 10 km depth) with  epicenter located 3 km NW Winsum. Light to weak shaking will have felt by the people of Eenrum, Westernieland, Warffum, Usquert, Adorp, Uithuizen, Thesinge, Roodeschool, Groningen, Haren and Roden.
    20:30 UTC (local time 22:30; 2012/08/16 @ epicenter)
  • M 4.5 moderate shallow aftershocks in Northwestern Iran (@ 2 km depth) with epicenter located 63 km NE Tabriz. M 6.4 quake killed more than 306 people in Iran. Click for detail report on Iran quake.
    17:14 UTC (local time 20:44; 2012/08/16 @ epicenter)
  • M 3.7 weak earthquake in Island of Hawaii, Hawaii (@ 11 km depth) with epicenter located 17 km S from Volcano. Weak shaking of MMI II-III will have felt by the people of Volcano, Mountain View, Hilo, Holualoa, Keaau, Kailua-Kona and Kalaoa.
    08:43 UTC (local time Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 10:43 PM @ epicenter)
  • M 2.9 weak shallow earthquake in Bulgaria (@ 10 km depth) with epicenter located 3 km NW Batanovci. It will have well felt by the people of Pernik and Sofia.
    02:11 UTC (local time 05:11; 2012/08/16 @ epicenter)

Recent Flash Floods
Ongoing Major River Floods (Based on Satellite observation): Australia (River Murray), Botsawana (Savuti channel), Botswana (Selinda), Brazil (River Tocantins, River Madeira and River Amazon), China (River Mekong, River Huang He and River Brahmaputra), Colombia (River Japura, River Rio Negro and River Magdelena), Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopio, India, Mali,New Zealand, Senegal, Sudan and USA.
  • Flash floods in New York
    -Heavy flooding reported in Brooklyn and Queens area of New York city.
    -Flash flood warnings have been issued until 5:30pm today for Brooklyn and Queens amid severe thunderstorms.

Recent Volcanic Activity
Erupting Volcanoes: Popocatepetl, Fuego, Tungurahua, Villarrica, Etna, Erta Ale, Nyiragongo, Ol Doinyo Lengai, Sakurajima, Semeru, Batu Tara, Dukono, Manam, Ulawun, Yasur, Ambrym, Kilauea and Kizimen volcano.
  • Russia/Ivan the Terrible recent volcanic activity
    -Ash fall reported from Ivan the Terrible volcano which is located on the sparsely populated island of Iturup to the south of the Kuril Islands.
    -Officials said that the volcano had released no lava and that it erupts regularly.
    -Ivan Groznyy also erupted in 1968, 1973, and 1989, but none of the eruptions threatened life nearby.
    Related natural disaster post: Recent natural disasters in Russia

Recent Tropical Cyclones
  • Typhoon Kai-Tak
    -As of 01:00 UTC, Typhoon Kai-Tak was located 245 nm southeast of Hong Kong.
    -Six people were killed due to strong winds caused by Typhoon Kai-Tak.
    -At least six flights to Cagayan and Isabela were canceled at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.
  • Tropical Storm Gordon
    -As of 09:00 UTC, TS Gordon was located 940 km E of Bermuda and 2600 km W of the Azores.
    -Gordon is moving toward the north-northeast near 14 mph.
    -The U.S. National Hurricane Center says some strengthening is forecast over the next two days and Gordon could become a hurricane over the weekend.
  • Tropical Depression Hector
    -As of 01:00 UTC, TD Hector was located 425 km W of Socorro island and 720 km SW of the southern tip of Baja California.
    -The depression is moving toward the north near 7 mph.

Natural Disaster News
  • Wildfire in East county, California
    -Wildfires burned 15,000 acres in San Diego’s East County.
    -Nearly 1,500 firefighters are battling the Vallecito Complex Fires from the ground and the air.
    -Residents in Ranchita were under mandatory evacuation orders.
    Related natural disaster posts: Recent Wildfires in the World
  • Wildfire in Squamish, Canada
    -Wildfire burned five hectares about 15 kilometres northeast of Squamish.
    -The fire area is not accessible by roads and can only be reached through helicopters.
    -Squamish is a community and a district municipality in the Canadian province of British Columbia, located at the north end of Howe Sound on the Sea to Sky Highway.
  • Landslide data
    -According to a British study (US journal Geology) published today, death toll from landslides is 10 times higher than generally estimated, with most fatalities occurring in South Asia, China and Latin America.
    -Research also showed that in the seven years between 2004 and 2010, 2,620 fatal landslides occurred around the world, causing 32,322 deaths.
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