Archive | January 12, 2014

Guatemala Volcanic Eruption Prompts Small Evacuation As Lava Flows

Pacaya volcano

Guatemala authorities say lava flowing from the Pacaya volcano near Guatemala City is prompting the evacuation of those living nearest the crater.


Alejandro Maldonado directs the National Office for Disaster Reduction and says lava is flowing down one side of the volcano, but he did not say how many people have been evacuated. Local news media report the number is small so far. The volcano is also closed to tourists.


The National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology says Saturday’s lava flow in some areas is as large as 600 metres wide and 3 kilometres long.


The volcano just south of the capital city also is registering small explosions and emitting gas and ash.

Pacaya is one of Guatemala’s most active and picturesque volcanos.

1 Injured, Hundreds Evacuate As Landslides Ravage Southern Philippines
Landslide Alert
Local authorities reported that one person was injured while hundreds were forced to evacuate as a low pressure area over the southern region of the Philippines triggered floods and landslides. According to Chief Insp. Jed Clamor, the regional police spokesman for Southern Mindanao, a number of houses were destroyed as some parts of a village in the town of Monkayo were struck by two landslides on Saturday. Clamor said a five-year old boy was injured when a landslide occurred at about 2:00 a.m. (local time) 
in the mining community of Mt. Diwata in Monkayo. A second landslide hit the same area at 9:00 a.m. According to local officials, a total of 247 families had to be evacuated in five municipalities in the province of Compostela Valley as moderate to heavy downpours brought by the LPA have been battering the area and several others in Mindanao since Thursday evening. Also on Saturday, the Philippine Department of Transportation and Communication announced that 37 domestic flights had to be cancelled because of the inclement weather, even if the LPA was moving slowly about 680 km from General Santos City. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is still closely monitoring if the system can develop into a tropical cyclone.

State Of Emergency Declared For Tonga’s Vava’u And Ha’apai
Cyclone Alert
A state of emergency is in force in Tonga’s islands being battered by Tropical Cyclone Ian.
Cyclone Ian, which is a category 4 cyclone, has average winds of more than 190 kilometres an hour close to its centre, with gusts in excess of 260 kilometres an hour.
The system’s centre is moving in a south-southeasterly direction between the Vava’u and Ha’apai group of islands.
On its current track, the cyclone is forecast to move away to the east of the main island of Tongatapu.
There have been reports of damage from Vava’u’s outer islands.
The director of the national emergency office, Leveni Aho, says the state of emergency means resources will be ready to deploy in areas of need, and authorities have the power to evacuate if needed.