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Flooding in Shanxi coal mine traps 12

At least twelve miners have been trapped in a coal mine in Shanxi province of China, Xinhua reported.

The Zhengsheng Coal Mine, near to Fenyang City got flooded early Saturday. At least 30 other miners have been lifted out of the mine shaft.

The coal mine belongs to Shanxi Coking Coal Group Company Ltd.

On March 29, a landslide in Gyama Mine, Tibet claimed lives of 66 people and  left 17 missing.

China mine disasters are the deadliest in the world. Earthquake caused the landslides in Tibet in 1950 which destroyed 70 villages. Natural disaster claimed 30,000 lives.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 29, 2013

Cambodia flooding kills 23

Flooding in Cambodia has claimed lives of at least 23 people in the last two weeks, National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) said today.

Cambodia flooding has affected around 56,900 families in seven different provinces.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has advised concerned ministries and authorities to be on high alert and prepare to evacuate people.

Low pressure system and Wutip typhoon have been causing heavy rains in the Mekong River basin and in Cambodia, weather officials said.

Last year, Cambodia flooding killed 14 people, Xinhua reported.

The 2011 Cambodia flooding had claimed lives of at least 250 people. Cambodia flooding damage was US$ 100-161 Million.

Flooding is one of the main natural disaster in Cambodia as 80 percent of the Cambodia’s territory lies within the Mekong River. Cambodia floods claim lives of about 100 people annually and cause agricultural losses of 100 to 170 million USD each year.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 27, 2013

Dust storm in Arizona causes multiple car crashes

A dust storm has closed a 14-mile stretch of a state highway in the Casa Grande, Arizona for nearly three hours, local medias reported.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, low visibility and the multiple car crashes forced the closure of road.

Gusty winds dropped visibility to 1 mile, My Fox Phoenix reported.

However no serious injuries have been reported in car crash accidents.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 27, 2013

Telica volcano in western Nicaragua spews ash 50 meters into the air

Telica volcano in western Nicaragua has spewed ash 50 meters into the air, the National System for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (SINAPRED) said.

Villagers near the Telica volcano were put alert and told to protect their water and food sources. No injuries have been reported.

Telica's largest eruption occurred in 1529, rated with a VEI of 4.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 26, 2013

40,000 evacuated amid Gujarat flooding

Around 40,000 people have been evacuated and moved to safe place following heavy flooding in Gujarat, India in last two days.

According to India Today, the Ahmedabad Fire Department has send three rescue teams to Vadodara and Bharuch to assist in rescue operations.

Schools and colleges in Ahmedabad, Surat and Bharuch have been closed and scheduled exams have been postponed.

Several train services between Ahmedabad and Mumbai have also been cancelled.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 25, 2013

Very Strong earthquake near Acari, Peru injures 26

Update September 26, 2013
The news that 3 miners who were reported killed in the 4 horas mine in Caraveli (as reported by the authorities) is false. They were found alive as the management of the company reported later.
At least 12 miners got injured in this mine. Another 14 people got injured in Caraveli.

Related post: Natural calamities in Peru in 2013

M 7.0 very strong earthquake in Southern Peru today has claimed lives of three people, local medias reported.

At least six people have been injured in a house collapse in Paucar del  Sara Sara in Ayacucho.

Several schools in Acari, Palca, Lucanas province have been damaged.

Landslides have blocked several roads including Panamericana road and Pausa-Oyolo in Ayacucho.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 50 km S of Acari and 502 km SSE of Lima. It was 24.9 miles deep.

The Peru earthquake of September 25, 2013, occurred near the thrust-interface at the boundary between the South America plate…

24 killed in flash floods in Vietnam

Recent flash floods in Vietnam have claimed lives of at least 24 people and injured six others.

Fatalities are from Dak Lak, Ha Tinh, Nghe An, Quang Nam, and Quang Tri Provinces of Vietnam.

Following Center for Flood and Storm Control in central Vietnam, storm has destroyed thousands of houses and 2,491 hectares of rice.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 24, 2013

Bolivia landslide kills 16, injures 18

A landslide in Bolivia triggered by torrential rain has claimed lives of at least 16 people and injured 18 others.

Landslide swept away a bus, a minibus and a cart in Caranavi area, about 180 kilometers from La Paz.

Others 10 people have been rescued. An unknown number of people are still reported to be missing.

Landslide in Bolivia in February 2011 had destroyed more than 300 houses.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 24, 2013

7.7 magnitude earthquake in Pakistan kills 400, Awaran declares emergency

September 26, 2013
-Death toll has risen to 400. More than 600 people reported to be injured.
-Another “Mud Volcano Island” has appeared on the Makran coast. The new island is located near River Basil.
-The National Disaster Management Authority has provided 5,000 tents and 7,000 food packs for the affected people in Awaran and Kech districts of Pakistan.


Update 19:50 UTC
Death toll from Awaran earthquake has risen to 150.
The new island off the coast of Gwadar, in the Arabian sea, and is estimated to be about 30m long and around 10m high.
Below is the picture of new island formed off the coast of Gwadar (Source Syed Ali Shah/news.com.au).



Related post: Latest natural calamities in Pakistan

M 7.7 massive earthquake in Pakistan today has claimed lives of at least 50 people, the local medias reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 66 km (41mi) NNE of Awaran. It was 12.4 miles deep.

Around 30% of houses have been possibly destroyed in the…

Reports of an earthquake felt in Idaho

Update 2
USGS has recorded a 2.8 magnitude earthquake eighty miles northeast of Rexburg, Idaho. It's hard to believe the people are mentioning about this earthquake.Did you feel any tremor around 8:30 pm?

Update 1
Lots of people from Magic Valley are reporting of tremor they felt. No reports yet from the USGS earthquake website.

Reports of an earthquake felt in Southern Idaho some minutes ago. Did you feel it? If so let us know. Please write in the comment section below. We will be following the earthquake in Idaho...

Tornado in Brazil kills 2, injures 64

Tornado in Taquarituba city of Brazil has claimed lives of two people and injured sixty four others.

Tornado broke out on Sunday in Brazil city of Taquarituba, 200 miles south of the capital Sao Paulo.

Tornado in Brazil overturned  a vehicle, killing the driver and injuring others. Other death occurred in a gym.

Tornado also cut electricity and telephone services which are yet to be restored, the EFE news agency reported.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 23, 2013

Floods, landslides in Zambales kill 30

Landslides and floods triggered by monsoon rains have claimed lives of at least 30 people in Zambales province of Philippines on Monday.

Two separate landslides in Barangay Wawandue and Barangay San Isidro in Subic town claimed at least 18 lives,  ABS-CBN has reported quoting Mayor Jefferson Khonghun.

Five people have been killed in Castillejos, Zambales. Other bodies have been retrieved from a landslide in Barangay Aglao, San Marcelino town in Zambales.

Floods have displaced around 700 people living in Sta Rita. village in Olongapo City, PAGASA said.

Similarly Olongapo has been placed under a state of calamity due to floods triggered by heavy rains since Sunday evening.

Typhoon Usagi passed the northern Philippines this weekend.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 23, 2013

Dangerous storm hits Perth, 20,000 without power

About 20,000 homes have been left without power after violent 146km/h winds hit the South West and metropolitan Perth, Australia.

According to the Western Power, about 20,000 customers are without electricity, mainly in areas around Manjimup, Busselton, Augusta and Bunbury.

A helicopter has been deployed to inspect the transmission line and find the fault, Perth Now reported.

A severe weather warning remains in place for people between Perth and Israelite Bay.

Below is a photo of storm damage in Beckenham (Yahoo Australia).


Original post: Natural Disasters List September 23, 2013

Moderate earthquake in Wyoming today

M 4.9 moderate earthquake hits Wyoming today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 16km W of Fort Washakie and 57km W of Riverton, Wyoming. It was 3.1 miles deep.

Earthquake in Wyoming today was well felt by the people of Dubois, East Thermopolis, Lander and Pinedale.

13:16 UTC (local time 2013-09-21 07:16 @ epicenter)

Shaking Intensity (MMI)
IV (Light): Fort Washakie, Ethete, Lander and Arapahoe
III IWeak): Riverton, Pinedale, Marbleton, Thermopolis and Worland.

Epicenter Location
16km (10mi) W of Fort Washakie, Wyoming
57km (35mi) W of Riverton, Wyoming
158km (98mi) N of Rock Springs, Wyoming
167km (104mi) N of Green River, Wyoming
341km (212mi) NE of Salt Lake City, Utah

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 21, 2013

In collaboration with earthquake-report.com

Mudslide in southern Russia kills 7: Emergency Situations Department

Mudslide in southern Russia has claimed lives of at least seven people, Emergency Situations Department said today.

Heavy rainfall triggered mudslide in Derbent, a city in the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan.

Around 300 houses have been flooded in the region.

At least two relief camps have been set up for the flood victims, Interfax news agency said.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 19, 2013

Flash flooding hits Guam, 40 cm rain in 24 hrs

Flash flooding has hit Guam with 40 centimetres of rain reported in 24 hours in some areas.

At least one family was rescued from their flooded homes. Flash flooding in Guam also washed away several roads.

Heavy rainfall was caused due to a developing tropical disturbance centred north east of Saipan, Radio Australia reported quoting Guam National Weather Service forecaster Derek Williams.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 19, 2013

Tornado hits Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, Bahamas

A tornado touched down near Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, Bahamas Department of Meteorolgy said.

The tornado was formed briefly over Lake Killarney, Bahamas Tribune reported quoting a meteorologist at the Lynden Pindling International Airport.

The Lynden Pindling International Airport was temporary closed. No damage or injury was reported.

The Bahamas Department of Meteorolgy had issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the New Providence and North Andros on Tuesday 17th September 2013 from 2:45 pm EDT until 5:00 pm.

Below are you tube videos of Bahamas tornado.






Original post: Natural Disasters List September 18, 2013

NWS confirms tornado in Boca aton today

The National Weather Service has confirmed a small tornado in Boca Raton today.

Tornado has been observed in the area of Federal Highway and Yamato Road.

NWS considered the tornado in Boca Raton today a minor with winds up to 60 mph.

Storm caused minor damage to trees and outdoor furniture of some houses in Boca Raton of Florida, Palm Beach Post reported.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 18, 2013

Lightning in Odisha, India kills 11

Lightning strikes in Odisha, India have claimed lives of at least 11 people and injured 15 others, Times of India reported.

A flash of lightning hit a stone quarry at Kaipadar near Khurda, leaving four labourers dead.  Another lightning at Kusumati village near Jatni claimed two lives. At least four people died in lightning at Choudwar and Jagatpur. Similarly a farmer died due to lightning in Sundargarh district.

Lightning has claimed nearly 200 lives in Odisha in last eight months.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 17, 2013

Landslide engulfs bus in Mexico, 12 killed

At least 12 people died and eight others were injured when a landslide engulfed a bus in an eastern Mexican town, Xinhua reported.

Disaster occurred in Altotonga, a town in eastern Veracruz state of Mexico on Monday, the state's civil protection agency said.

Military and civilian rescuers were involved in rescue operation.

Heavy flooding and massive landslides in Mexico caused by Tropical Storm Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid have claimed several lives in recent days.

Hurricane Ingrid is the ninth tropical storm and second hurricane of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 17, 2013

Ukraine flooding 2013 kills 2, displaces 600

Recent floods in Odessa region of Ukraine have claimed lives of at least two people and displaced around 600 people, Xinhua reported.

Flood water severely damaged more than 450 houses.

Ukraine flood damage is expected 21 million U.S. dollars, Xinhua added quoting an official of the press service of Odessa regional administration.

Ukraine flood 2010 (2010 Romanian floods) had claimed lives of at least 21 people.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 16, 2013

Typhoon Man-yi hits Japan, 200 flights cancelled, fears for Fukushima plant

Update 15:55 UTC
Landslide triggered by Typhoon Man-yi has claimed life of a woman. Landslide hit the two-story house in Ritto City in Shiga prefecture of Japan, Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) said.

At least 200 domestic flights have been cancelled as Typhoon Man-yi hit southern Japan.

With torrential rains expected on Monday, contaminated water is feared to seep into the groundwater at Fukushima nuclear plant.

Typhoon Man-yi will hit direct southern parts of the main island Honshu on Monday morning, possibly around 9 am in Shizuoka prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, according to the  Japan Meteorological Agency.

Weather officials have issued warnings for flooding, heavy rain along with mudslides and even high ocean waves along the Pacific coast.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 15, 2013

Tropical Storm Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid kill 20 in Mexico

Heavy flooding and massive landslides caused by Tropical Storm Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid have claimed lives of at least 20 people in Mexico.

At least 14 died in the southwestern state of Guerrero and six in the central states of Puebla and Hidalgo.

More than 2,000 people left their homes while 21,000 households are without power in Guerrero, AFP reported quoting emergency management officials.

As of 11 a.m. PDT September 15 (1800 UTC September 15), Tropical Storm Manuel was located about 15 km southeast of Manzanillo, Mexico.

An "orange alert" (high risk) in southern Michoacan, and "yellow" (moderate) alert in rest of Michoacan and Guerrero have already been issued.

Hurricane Ingrid is the ninth tropical storm and second hurricane of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. As of 7 p.m. CDT September 15 (0000 UTC September 16), Hurricane Ingrid was located about 200 km east-northeast of Tampico, Mexico and about 200 km east-southeast of La Pesca, Mexico.

Tropical St…

Mount Sinabung volcano eruption forces thousands to flee

Mount Sinabung volcano eruption in Indonesia has forced thousands to flee, local medias reported. Thousands of Sumatrans living in 11 villages in Karo regency fled to traditional meeting halls or jambur and houses of worship.

More than 3,700 people have ben evacuated from areas within a three-kilometre radius of the Mount Sinabung volcano, The Jakarta Post said.

Several flights at Kualanamu airport have been delayed.

Mount Sinabung volcano's status has been increased to alert (level 3) from caution (level 2) due to the increase in activity.

Indonesian volcano, Mount Sinabung erupted today for the first time since 2010. Mount Sinabung volcano eruption in 2010 had claimed life of one person.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 15, 2013

Abbottabad landslide kills 4

Landslide in Abbottabad in the Hazara region of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan has claimed lives of at least four people.

Landslide also injured a woman. Injured woman has been taken to the Ayub Medical Complex in Abbottabad.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 14, 2013

Hail storm in Chennai: 3rd time in 5 years

Hail storm hit Ayanavaram, Chennai between 1.30pm and 1.45pm Friday afternoon.

Nungambakkam recorded 3.5cm of rain and Meenambakkam 1.1cm, India Meteorological Department said.

Last hail storm in Chennai was in September 6, 2011. This is the third hail storm in Chennai in last 5 years.

No damage or injury have been reported from Chennai hail storm.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 14, 2013

Boulder Colorado flood 2013 kills 4 (stunning videos)

Colorado flooding 2013 have claimed lives of at least four people and left more than 80 unaccounted.

Floods claimed lives of three people in Boulder and one in Colorado Springs, The Denver Post reported.

Below are several you tube videos of Boulder Colorado flooding 2013.

Boulder Colorado Flood 2013



Estes Park Flood 2013



Lyons flood 2013






Original post: Natural Disasters List September 13, 2013

Tornado hits Maine, no injury reported

A tornado touched down in remote northeastern Maine Wednesday evening, The National Weather Service confirmed.

A tornado was spotted near Oxbow Plantation where many tress were reported downed.

More than 5,000 customers lost electricity during storms in Aroostook County, The Bangor Daily News reported.

According to the National Weather Service, no injuries were reported from Maine tornado.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 12, 2013

Storm damage in Montreal, Canada

Storms over Quebec have caused damage in Montreal and the surrounding area.

Strong storm also downed dozens of trees and 15 hydro poles in the town of Saint Anicet, Montreal News reported.

According to the Hydro Quebec, around 4,000 households have lost power due to the storm.

Heavy rainfall also flooded the Atwater Tunnel.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 12, 2013

Romania flooding 2013 kills 8

Flooding in Romania have claimed lives of eight people and flooded around 700 houses in Galati county, local medias reported.

Forty-five people have been rescued from the floodwaters and 330 people have been evacuated from their homes in Romania.

Worst affected is the Cudalbi, where 500 houses and their gardens have been flooded, forcing 200 people to leave their homes.

Train traffic on the route Galaţi-Bârlad between Târgu Bujor and Floteşti have been also affected, Romania Resider reported.

Prime Minister Victor Ponta has sent a deputy to view the area and called an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss the flood situation in Romania.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 12, 2013

Temblor en Villa Berna, Córdoba, Argentina

M 4.7 moderate temblor shakes Villa Berna, the Córdoba region of Argentina today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake's epicenter was located 21 km NNE of Villa Berna and 36 km SSW of Villa Carlos Paz. It was 15.8 miles deep.

Temblor en Villa Berna today was even felt by the people of Alta Gracia and Villa Carlos Paz.

No injury or damage have been reported from the earthquake in Villa Berna today.

01:43 UTC (local time 2013-09-11 22:43 @ epicenter)

Epicenter Location
21 km NNE of Villa Berna, Argentina
24 km WSW of Alta Gracia, Argentina
36 km SSW of Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina
52 km SW of La Calera, Argentina
592 km ENE of Santiago, Chile

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 12, 2013

In collaboration with earthquake-report.com

4 killed, 20 missing in Afghanistan flood landslide

Flood and landslide in Afghanistan have claimed lives of four people and left twenty others missing.

Heavy flood triggered landslide in Askitol village in Zibak district of Afghanistan.

The natural disaster also washed away 34 houses, 140 head cattle and destroyed 100 acres farmlands and several gardens, Xinhua reported.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 11, 2013

Indonesia's Mount Lokon Volcano erupts again, 12 eruptions in 4 hours

Mount Lokon in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, erupted Tuesday again, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said.

Around 12 eruptions have been recorded from 6:12 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. local time.

The first eruption was 1,000 meters high while the second was 2,500 meters high, Lokon and Mahawu volcano monitoring post under the authority of the Bandung-based Volcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) said today.

On Monday, Indonesia's Mount Lokon volcano spewed ash as high as 1,500 meters.

The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) has warned local residents and visitors not to go within a 2.5-kilometer radius of the Tompaluan crater.

The Lokon volcanic activity status remains at Siaga or “alert” (level 3) currently.

Indonesia has altogether 129 volcanoes. Indonesia's Mount Lokon eruption 1991 killed a Swiss hiker and forced thousands of people to flee their homes.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 11, 2013

Landslides in Mexico kill 13 (updated)

Update 05:05 UTC; 2013/09/11
Death toll from Mexico landslides have risen to 13, AFP reported quoting a state civil protection official. Five more bodies have been found in Coscomatepec.

Landslides in Mexico have swept away two homes and killed eight people, local authorities said.

According to the emergency officials, other two people have been rescued alive from the landslide site in Veracruz state.

Landslides hit the town of Manzanatitla late Monday, located about 320 kilometers east of Mexico City.

Tropical Storm Fernand caused landslides and flooding had claimed lives of 13 people in Veracruz state last month.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 10, 2013

Indonesia's Mount Lokon Volcano erupts

Mount Lokon in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, erupted at 6:30 a.m. Monday, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said.

Indonesia's Mount Lokon Volcano spewed volcanic material from the Tompaluan Lokon crater up to 1,500 meters in the air.

According to the Antara news agency, explosion was heard even in Minahasa, located 10 kilometers away from the volcano.

The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) has warned local residents and visitors not to go within a 2.5-kilometer radius of the Tompaluan crater.

The Lokon volcanic activity status remains at Siaga or “alert” (level 3) currently.

Indonesia has altogether 129 volcanoes. Indonesia's Mount Lokon eruption 1991 killed a Swiss hiker and forced thousands of people to flee their homes.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 9, 2013

Lightning strike in San Antonio kills 1, injures other

A lightning strike in San Antonio has killed a eight years old boy and injured one other, local medias reported.

The two boys were playing in a backyard Thursday night when the lightning hit.

The other boy, a 10-year-old, remains hospitalized, KENS-TV reported.

According to the Encyclopedia of World Climatology, lightning happens about 40–50 times per second worldwide. Around 50 people are killed by lightning across the US each year. Lightning protection prevents damage from lightning strikes.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 8, 2013

Romania earthquake today shakes Bulgaria

M 4.6 moderate earthquake shakes Romania today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 15 km S of Hunedoara. It was 3.1 miles deep.

Romania earthquake today was followed by two earthquakes (another M 4.2) in an interval of 22 minutes.

Tremors were even felt in the Vidin province in northwestern Bulgaria.

The area has steep slopes (up to 40%) and may be susceptible to landslides, Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) said.

No damage or injuries have been reported from Romania earthquake today.

13:22 UTC (local time 2013-09-08 16:22 @ epicenter)

Epicenter Location
1 km WSW of Unirea, Romania
6 km W of Hateg, Romania
15 km S of Hunedoara, Romania
16 km SSW of Calan, Romania
208 km ENE of Belgrade, Serbia

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 8, 2013

In collaboration with earthquake-report.com

Landslide in Dhankuta, Nepal buries 13 houses

Landslides near Mulghat of Dhankuta, Nepal have buried some thirteen houses, local medias reported.

According to The Republice, landslides in Mahabharat, Budhimorang and Bhedetar VDCs have displaced more than 100 people.

Landslides have also obstructed Koshi highway at several parts.

Detail reports yet to come.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 7, 2013

Flood, fire and mudslide in Idaho

Strong storms have caused mudslides, house fire and floods in Idaho.

Mudslide in Idaho has closed roads from Garden Valley to Smith’s Ferry Drive.

Heavy rainfall caused mudslide at about 7 p.m. Flash flooding has been reported in Oakley.

Lightning also caused fire in a house in Eagle.

No injuries have been reported.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 7, 2013

Guatemala earthquake 2013 shakes Mexico and El Salvador, 1 killed

Update
One woman from Coatepeque area has been reported dead. She suffered heart attack due to the earthquake.

M 6.5 very strong earthquake shakes Guatemala, Mexico and El Salvador today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the Guatemala earthquake 2013 epicenter was located  just outside Pajapita in Guatemala, about 9 miles from the border with Mexico. It was 42 miles deep.

 At least 20 people have been injured in San Marcos.

Dozens of houses have been collapsed in San Miguel Sigüila, San Sebastián Lemoa and Patzicia including roof of Rafael Landívar University.

Guatemala earthquake 2013 occurred at or near the interface between the Cocos and North America plates, USGS said.

Today's temblor is one of the strongest since a 7.4-magnitude earthquake in Guatemala last November killed 42 people.

00:13 UTC (local time 2013-09-06 18:13 @ epicenter)

Shaking Intensity (MMI)
VII (very strong): Ciudad Tecun Uman
VI (strong): La Libertad, Ocos, Su…

Lightning, hail storm in Cebu claim 2 lives

Lightning and hailstorm in Cebu province of Philippines have claimed lives of at least two persons.

Lightning in Toledo City of Cebu killed two person.

Similarly hailstorm in Pinamungajan damaged at least two houses. The hailstorm hit barangays Binabag, Poblacion and Pandacan around 1:40 p.m.

This is the second hailstorm in Pinamungajan this year.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 6, 2013

Tamu Massif Volcano: World's largest volcano on earth discovered under Pacific Ocean

Geologists have recently discovered world's largest volcano on earth underneath the Pacific Ocean.

Researchers, led by University of Houston professor William Sager discovered the world's largest volcano (Tamu Massif) on earth.

Tamu Massif volcano, world's largest volcano on earth is a part of the Shatsky Rise, a deep plateau on the floor of the Pacific located around 1,600 kilometres east of Japan.

Tamu Massif volcano covers around 310,000 square kilometres, an area about the size of the British Isles.

Tamu Massif volcano is an inactive shield volcano located in the northwestern Pacific Ocean and now the largest volcano on Earth and one of the largest in the solar system (Wikipedia).

The largest active volcano on earth, Mauna Loa in Hawaii is about 2,000 square miles (5,200 square kilometers).

Scientists are still trying to work out the details of how World's largest volcano Tamu Massif on Earth was formed.

The name Tamu comes from Texas A&M University, where pr…

Flash flood, rock slide in Lai Chau, Vietnam kill 3

Flash flood and rock slides in Lai Chau province of Vietnam have claimed lives of at least three people.

Heavy rainfall caused landslide in Phong Tho District early Wednesday morning.

A disaster relief team has been send by the provincial Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control.

Landslide and flood damage have been estimated at nearly US$1 million.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 5, 2013

Tunisia floods evacuate 500 families

Heavy rainfall has caused flash floods in Kef governorate, northwest of Tunisia.

Tunisia floods have forced evacuations of around 500 families. Heavy flood damage has been reported in Merja and Wed Blau Slaa area.

Mosaique FM, fire  fighters and national guard units have been involved in rescue operations.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 5, 2013

Flash floods hit parts of Singapore

Heavy rainfall has caused flash floods and traffic jams in Singapore.

Huge traffic jams have been reported along Dunearn Road. Flash floods also occurred at Alexandra Road.

At least two cars have been damaged due to falling trees along Dunearn Road.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 5, 2013

2 injured in Tochigi, Japan tornado

Tornado in Tochigi Prefecture of Japan has injured at least two people, The Japan Meteorological Agency said.

According to the Tochigi prefecture government, tornado around 12:30 pm damaged thirteen buildings.

Tornado also damaged the roof of a primary school gymnasium in Yaita. Power outages have been reported in about 600 households in the city.

A team from the Utsunomiya Local Meteorological Observatory are surveying the damage, The Japan News reported.

Three days ago, tornado in Tokyo injured 63 people.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 4, 2013

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts for 5th time in two days

Ubinas volcano in Peru has erupted five times in less than 48 hours.

Ubinas Volcano in Moquegua registered two small eruptions on the evening of September 1. Then three more eruptions occurred after that in Ubinas volcano.

According to Peru This Week, Ubinas volcano in Peru send a column of volcanic gases and ash to a height of two kilometers.

The Ubinas volcano explosions were purely phreatic, Volcano Discovery reported quoting the scientists from Instituto Geofísico del Perú (IGP).

Officials confirmed the ash column does not pose a danger to people or livestock nearby.

The Volcanological Observatory of the Institute (OVI) of Geology, Mining, and Metallurgy is investigating the area, Andina news agency reported.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 4, 2013

Recent landslide in Sikkim kills 5

Recent landslide in Sikkim, India has claimed lives of five people including four of a single family.

Heavy rainfall caused landslide in Tamabung in West Sikkim at 9.30pm.

The body of a Himalayan black bear was also recovered from the landslide area.

According to the Voice of Sikkim, the bodies were sent to Namchi Hospital in South Sikkim for postmortem.

Below is a photo of recent landslide in Sikkim (Prabin Khaling/Voice of Sikkim)



A district disaster management team, SSB personnel, Sikkim police and villagers were involved in rescue operations, Telegraph India reported.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 3, 2013

Miami lightning strike kills 1, injures 2

A lightning strike in Miami-area has claimed life of at least one people and injured two others.

Injured people have been taken by ambulance to a trauma center for treatment, Fox News reported.

According to the Encyclopedia of World Climatology, lightning happens about 40–50 times per second worldwide. Around 50 people are killed by lightning across the US each year. Lightning protection prevents damage from lightning strikes.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 3, 2013

Tokyo tornado injures 63 (with video)

A tornado in Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo has injured at least 63 people, Japan Times reported.

Most of the injured people are the members of a volleyball team at a local middle school.

More than 100 buildings have been damaged in Koshigaya area.

Tornado damaged 27 cars and the roofs of 68 houses in Noda.

Below is a Tokyo tornado video.



Photo: Tornado damage in Koshigaya city, Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo (AP / Kyodo News)

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 2, 2013

Peru snowstorm kills 6, emergency declared

Snowstorms in Peru have claimed lives of at least six people, local medias reported. More than 30,000 domestic animals including sheep, llamas and alpacas have also been killed.

According to Peru This Week, around 12,000 families have been stranded due to snowstorm in Puno in Carabaya province of Peru.

A state of emergency has been declared for much of the snowstorms region, located in the Andes mountains.

Snowstorms have also affected the people in Bolivia and Paraguay.

Rare snow falls occurred in Atacama Desert of Chile, some days ago. Atacama is one of the world's driest places.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 2, 2013

Flooding in Bunkpurugu, Ghana kills 1, displaces 6,000

Flooding in Bunkpurugu, Ghana has claimed life of at least one person and displaced nearly six thousands people, local medias reported.

About 700 houses have been submerged by the floods. Evacuated people are taking shelter in classrooms nearby.

The district Secretariat of National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) is providing disaster relief materials, Modern Ghana reported.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 1, 2013