Archive | May 19, 2014


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Depth: 62 km

Distances: 118km (73mi) ESE of Visokoi Island,
2648km (1645mi) ESE of Ushuaia, Argentina

2861km (1778mi) ESE of Rio Gallegos, Argentina
2882km (1791mi) ESE of Punta Arenas, Chile

2169km (1348mi) ESE of Stanley, Falkland Islands

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 2464 km SW of Canberra, Australia / pop: 327,700 / local time: 04:21:05.5 2014-05-20
3855 km SW of Wellington, New Zealand / pop: 381,900 / local time: 06:21:05.5 2014-05-20
4552 km S of Dili, East Timor / pop: 150,000 / local time: 03:21:05.5 2014-05-20

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Hundreds evacuated in El Salvador as volcanic activity picks up

Volcano Alert

More than 1,000 people in El Salvador were evacuated from the area around the simmering Chaparrastique volcano in the east of the Central American country as a precautionary measure against a possible eruption, the government said on Monday.
Around 1,400 people have been moved from their homes since Sunday due to a jump in activity by the volcano, said Armando Vividor, operations chief of the country’s emergency services.
The 2,130-meter (6,988-feet) Chaparrastique volcano, which is also known as San Miguel, lies about 140 km (87 miles) east of San Salvador.
It has erupted twice in the past six months. No lives were lost on either occasion.
El Salvador Environment Minister Hernan Rosa Chavez said the volcano was now experiencing higher levels of internal activity than during the first of those two eruptions in December.

Update: Floods in Bosnia trigger more than 3000 landslides

Breaking News

Floods in Bosnia trigger more than 3000 landslides

300 + ‘catastrophic’ landslides & Hundreds homeless in the Balkans

Breaking News

LANDSLIDES in Bosnia have left hundreds of people homeless, while thousands more have fled homes in neighbouring Croatia and Serbia as Balkan countries battle the worst flooding since modern records began.

Throughout hilly Bosnia, floods are triggering landslides covering roads, homes and whole villages. About 300 landslides have been reported, and stranded villagers often are being rescued by helicopter.

“The situation is catastrophic,” Bosnia’s refugee minister, Adil Osmanovic, said on Sunday.

Three months’ worth of rain fell on the region in a three-day burst, creating the worst floods since rainfall measurements began 120 years ago.

Observed from the air, almost a third of Bosnia chiefly in the northeast resembles a huge muddy lake, with houses, roads and rail lines submerged.

Officials say about a million people – more than a quarter of the country’s population – live in the worst-affected areas.

The hillside village of Horozovina, close to the north-eastern town of Tuzla, was practically split in two by a landslide that swallowed eight houses. More than 100 others were also under threat.

“I am homeless. I have nothing left, not even a toothpick,” said one resident, Mesan Ikanovic.

“I ran out of the house barefoot, carrying children in my arms.”

Unprecedented... The flooded city of Obrenovac, 40 kilometres from Belgrade.
Unprecedented… The flooded city of Obrenovac, 40 kilometres from Belgrade. Source: AFP

Ikanovic said 10 minutes separated him and his family from likely death. He carried his seven-year-old daughter and four-year-old son to safety.

While water levels are receding in some parts of Bosnia, land flanking the Sava River remains submerged, and water levels there are still rising in many areas. Hundreds of people have been plucked by rescue helicopters from flooded towns and villages.

The mayor of Orasje made a special appeal for help. The town is caught between the Sava on one side and another flooding river, the Bosna, on the other.

More than 10,000 already have been rescued from the town of Bijeljina, in northeast Bosnia. Trucks, buses and private cars were heading north with volunteers and tonnes of aid collected by people in cities outside the disaster zone.

Natural disaster... At least 34 people have died and tens of thousands evacuated in Serbi
Natural disaster… At least 34 people have died and tens of thousands evacuated in Serbia and Bosnia. Source: AFP

In Sarajevo, volunteers went from door to door collecting whatever people would donate.

The Bosnian Army said it was evacuating people with helicopters and has 1500 troops helping on the ground. But many roads remain closed by floods and hundreds of landslides. Bridges have been washed away and this has left many towns and villages completely depending on air lifts.

Helicopters from the European Union, Slovenia and Croatia also are aiding rescue efforts. They are deployed in areas around five cities in central and north-eastern Bosnia where the situation is considered the most dangerous.

In the eastern sections of neighbouring Croatia, two people are missing and hundreds have fled their homes as the Sava River also breached flood barriers there. The overflowing river rolled over villages and farm land in the relatively flat terrain.

In Serbia, more than 20,000 people have been forced from their homes. Officials there feared more flooding later on Sunday as floodwaters travel down the Sava and reach the country.

Rescue effort... People unload aid to civilians from a Bosnian Armed Forces helicopter. P
Rescue effort… People unload aid to civilians from a Bosnian Armed Forces helicopter. Picture: Elvis Barukcic Source:AFP

Severe rainfall causes a landslide – at least 2 missing in South America

Breaking News

HEAVY rains caused a landslide in the community of Nueva Italia, Colón, engulfing one home.
Two people were reported missing while looking for crabs in the mangrove area around Fort Sherman.
In Panama City there was flooding in streets and parks in areas such as Marbella, Bella Vista.and Calidonia.
There are also reports that the rain affected sectors in West Panama.
Another area where streets were flooded was El Maranon, especially in the area of Calle 24 and Balboa Avenue.reports La Prensa.
In Calidonia, streets flooded in the area near the former Ministry of Education building and the Republic of Venezuela School.



Earthquake Swarm


***BE ALERT***


Subject To Change

Depth: 40 km

Distances: 3401 km SE of Montevideo, Uruguay / pop: 1,270,737 / local time: 00:56:48.1 2014-05-19
3535 km SE of Buenos Aires, Argentina / pop: 13,076,300 / local time: 00:56:48.1 2014-05-19
4318 km SE of Santiago, Chile / pop: 4,837,295 / local time: 23:56:48.1 2014-05-18

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 1754 km NE of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands / pop: 48,220 / local time: 13:56:09.7 2014-05-19
2119 km SE of Tokyo, Japan / pop: 8,336,599 / local time: 12:56:09.7 2014-05-19
2459 km NW of Majuro, Marshall Islands / pop: 25,400 / local time: 15:56:09.7 2014-05-19

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 2705 km SW of Guatemala City, Guatemala / pop: 994,938 / local time: 19:53:57.0 2014-05-18
2719 km SW of San Salvador, El Salvador / pop: 525,990 / local time: 19:53:57.0 2014-05-18
2758 km S of Mexico City, Mexico / pop: 12,294,193 / local time: 20:53:57.0 2014-05-18

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