Last Updated: Monday, August 20, 2012

Natural Disasters List August 20, 2012-Landslides in Himachal Pradesh, India

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People looking at the rubbles of the two houses that collapsed due to heavy rains in Shimla on Monda
  • Landslides in Himachal Pradesh, India
    -Heavy rainfall caused landslides across several parts of Himachal Pradesh. Two evacuated houses collapsed in Totu area of Shimla following heavy rainfall.
    -The Kullu-Manali-Rohtang highway was blocked for several hours due to landslides.
    -Hundreds of tourists remained stranded in the tribal Kaza area as landslides blocked the roads.
    -The Jammu-Pathankot train was terminated at Guler as the railway tracks between Guler and Jogindernagar was blocked due to landslides.
    -Three days ago, four persons were killed and two others injured following heavy landslides in the Karanprayag area of Chamoli district.
    -The local MET office has warned of heavy to very heavy rains in many parts of Himachal Pradesh of India during the next 48 hours.
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  • Wildfire near Redding, Northern California
    -Wildfire destroyed seven homes in rural towns near Redding.
    -The Ponderosa fire threatens at least 3,000 homes and more than 300 other structures.
    -The fire forced the closure of Highway 44 and prompted the sheriff to declare a State of Emergency for Shasta County.
    -More than 1,200 firefighters are currently struggling to control the blaze.
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Recent Earthquakes
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  • M 4.4 light earthquake Offshore Guatemala (@ 49 km depth) with epicenter located 72 km S of Puerto San Jose. Just a weak shaking will have felt by the people of La Gomera, Masagua and Chiquimulilla.
    15:05 UTC (local time Monday, August 20, 2012 at 09:05 AM @ epicenter) 
  • M 5.0 moderate earthquake near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan (@ 39 km depth) with epicenter located just 9 km WSW of Sawara. Light shaking of MMI IV will have felt by the people of Narita, Katori-shi, Inashiki, Abiko, Ageo, Ami, Asahi, Chiba, Funabashi, Hokota, Kamagaya, Ishioka, Tsuchiura and Togane. Weak shaking will have felt as far as Yokohama and capital Tokyo.
    Since 1900, three great earthquakes occurred off Japan and three north of Hokkaido.
    11:42 UTC (local time Monday, August 20, 2012 at 08:42 PM @ epicenter)
  • M 3.7 light shallow earthquake in Southern Iran (@ 19 km depth) with epicenter located 48 km NW Jiroft. Weak shaking will have felt as far as Baft.
    03:14 UTC (local time 06:44; 2012/08/20 @ epicenter)

Recent Flash Floods
Ongoing Major River Floods (Based on Satellite observation): Argentina, Australia, Botsawana (Savuti channel), Botswana (Selinda), Brazil (River Tocantins), Chad, China (River Huang He and River Brahmaputra), Honduras, India, Nyanmar (River Salween), New Zealand, Nigeria, Sudan, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela (River Orinoco).
  • Flooding and landslides in Bhojpur, Nepal
    -A landslide swept away four houses at Gothe Bazaar in Bhojpur.
    -Two people reported to be injured.
    -Flooding and landslide also swept away a primary school.
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  • Heavy rainfall and flooding in Malaysia
    -Heavy rainfall caused flooding and traffic jam especially on the North-South Expressway (Plus).
    -Following Malaysian Plus Expressways Traffic Control Centre, traffic flow from Putra Mahkota towards Seremban was somewhat slow.
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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.

Recent Tropical Cyclones
  • Hurricane Gordon
    -As of 01:00 UTC, Hurricane Gordon was located 70 km WSW of Santa Maria island in the Azores.
    -A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the eastern Azores.
    -Gordon is moving toward the east-northeast near 20 mph. Gordon is expected to produce total rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches over the central and eastern Azores.
    Following the head of the Azores Civil Protection Service, Pedro Carvalho, there were no reports of significant damage as Gordon passed by Santa Maria and Sao Miguel.It just caused localized flooding.
  • Typhoon Tembin
    -As of 01:00 UTC, Typhoon Tembin was located 300 nm northeast of Manila, Philippines. Click for detail coverage on Typhoon Tembin trajectory.

Natural Disaster News
  • Wildfire in Clarence Valley region, Australia
    -A Bushfire Emergency declared in the Clarence Valley, on the New South Wales north coast.
    -More than 18 fire disasters reported just in Clarence Valley.
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  • New Super volcano in Italy
    -Scientists have discovered new  “super volcano” hidden in Campi Flegrei, Italy.
    -New super volcano is near the same location where the notorious Mount Vesuvias eruption of 79 A.D. occurred and killed thousands of Pompeii residents. Super volcano caldera, or cauldron that formed after an earlier eruption caused a collapse of land.

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