Archive | February 17, 2021


Subject to change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 171 km WNW of Marvdasht, Iran / pop: 148,000 / local time: 22:05:35.8 2021-02-17

26 km NW of Yasuj, Iran / pop: 96,700 / local time: 22:05:35.8 2021-02-17


Subject to change

Depth: 20 km

Distances: 552 km N of Nouméa, New Caledonia / pop: 93,000 / local time: 23:21:44.7 2021-02-17

72 km WNW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu / pop: 35,900 / local time: 23:21:44.7 2021-02-17


Subject to change

Depth: 6 km

Distances: 23 km NE of Pátra, Greece / pop: 168,000 / local time: 05:36:05.7 2021-02-17

17 km NW of Aígio, Greece / pop: 20,400 / local time: 05:36:05.7 2021-02-17

Explosion injures 3 people at Lidl headquarters in Germany

Bomb Threat Alert

A suspected letter bomb has exploded at the headquarters of the Lidl supermarket chain in Neckarsulm, Germany, with police telling local media three people were injured. It’s the second such incident in two days in the country.

The wounded have been rushed to hospital. One of the three sustained moderate injuries in the incident, according to local reports, while the other two escaped with light injuries.

Around 100 people were evacuated from the administrative building, located in a small town near Stuttgart.

“It was probably a package or a letter bomb,” police spokesman Gerald Olma told Bild.

There’s no information that Lidl was being blackmailed or sent threats ahead of the incident, according to local law enforcement.

A bomb disposal squad has reportedly been spotted entering the building. The site has been cordoned off, with numerous police and emergency vehicles on site.

On Tuesday, one person was injured after a package exploded at the facility of German beverage-maker, ADM Wild, in the town of Eppelheim, which is also located in the state of Baden-Württemberg.

A police spokesperson said that a package exploded while being opened by an employee. It’s understood that the person sustained minor injuries in the blast.

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Mount Etna spews smoke and ashes in spectacular new eruption

Volcano Alert

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Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, belched smoke and ashes in a new eruption on Tuesday, but Italian authorities said it posed no danger to the surrounding villages.

“We’ve seen worse,” the head of the INGV National Institute for Geophysics and Vulcanology in the nearby city of Catania, Stefano Branco, told Italian news agency AGI.

Estimating that the eruption from Etna’s southeastern crater began late Tuesday afternoon, Branco insisted that the latest burst of activity was “not at all worrying”.

Nevertheless, with small stones and ashes raining down, authorities decided to close Catania’s international airport.

The emergency authorities said on their Twitter account that they were monitoring the situation closely in the three villages at the foot of the volcano — Linguaglossa, Fornazzo and Milo.

Images showed a spectacular rose-coloured plume of ashes above the snow-capped summit, but the cloud had largely dissipated by nightfall, while lava flows continued to glow.

At 3,324 metres (nearly 11,000 feet), Etna is the tallest active volcano in Europe and has erupted frequently in the past 500,000 years.

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Seismic monitoring has been increased at La Soufrière Volcano in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Windward Islands, Caribbean

Seismic monitoring  capacity at La Soufriere has been increased

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The scientific team at The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (UWI-SRC) has increased its capacity to bolster seismic monitoring of La Soufriere Volcano in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) through a recent donation of seismic stations and telemetry equipment from the USGS-USAID Volcano Disaster Assistance Programme (VDAP).

The donated equipment will be used to build four seismic stations and radios to enhance communications on the island.

Three of the stations are solar powered installations with posthole seismometers, which are sensors designed for subsurface installation to optimise seismic performance while minimising the cost and logistics of site setup. The fourth station is a spider seismometer—a device designed for rapid deployment in high risk locations where human exposure to hazards should be minimised e.g. volcanic craters. USGS-USAID VDAP committed the donation after receiving a request from UWI-SRC following the effusive eruption, which was first detected on December 29, 2020.

“This equipment is needed as it allows us to densify the seismic network by placing them in locations where there are significant gaps and the spider seismometer will fortify the near crater monitoring,” said UWI-SRC Instrumentation Engineer, Lloyd Lynch. In the event of escalated volcanic activity at La Soufriere, enhanced monitoring should allow our scientists to alert authorities with sufficient time to activate appropriate emergency responses such as evacuations.

Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves expressed his thanks to the UGSG VDAP and The UWI-SRC stating, “The partnership between Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) is vital in the monitoring of the La Soufriere volcano; the SRC is a tribute to our Caribbean civilisation. The contribution of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and its Volcano Disaster Assistance Programme (VDAP) to the work of the SRC in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is generous and deeply appreciated by our government and people. Multilateral support across countries in every area of human endeavour is the way forward for humanity’s further upliftment. Thanks again to USGS, VDAP, and SRC! We love you!”

The UWI-SRC in partnership with the SVG National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) continues to enhance the monitoring of the La Soufrière volcano and actively seeks partnerships to bolster not only the various networks but to engage in data collection and sharing to better understand the current activity and plan for any scenario.

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Increased activity reported at Fuego Volcano, Guatelmala

Volcanic Activity Alert

The Guatemalan Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology, and Hydrology (Insivumeh) has reported increased levels of volcanic activity at the Fuego Volcano, located approximately 40 km (25 miles) west-southwest of Guatemala City. The eruptive events took place the morning of Feb. 14. Observations indicate that plumes have reached approximately 4.6 km (3 miles) above sea level, and lava has flown as far as 1.5 km (1 mile). Ashfall has reportedly occurred in several nearby municipalities in Sacatepequez Department, including Alotenango.

Despite the increase in activity, there are currently no evacuation orders in effect; however, authorities have issued an ashfall advirory for areas and urged residents to remain vigilant.

Additional eruptions could cause low-level seismic activity, further lava flows, ash clouds, and landslides in the surrounding area. The Fuego Volcano will likely continue to emit frequent gas and ash clouds in the coming days.

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Rise in seismic activity, hotter crater lake recorded at Taal Volcano in Taal, Philippines

Seismic activity and changes in Taal Volcano’s main crater lake have been observed on Monday despite the volcano under alert level 1 (abnormal), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

In an advisory, the Phivolcs said 50 weak tremor episodes were recorded from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m., occurring at shallow depths. Seismic activity describes earthquake occurrences in the volcano.

This signals increased hydrothermal activity beneath Taal Volcano island.

“Tremors are typically not recorded,” Phivolcs director Renato Solidum told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Monday night.

The Phivolcs recorded 68 shallow tremor episodes in the volcano island since Feb. 13.

Solidum said the main crater lake is becoming more acidic and hotter.

Local government units are advised to prepare in case of the volcano’s renewed unrest and to assess previously evacuated barangays around Taal Lake for damages.

The public is urged to observe precautions due to possible ashfall, ground displacement across fissures, and minor earthquakes in the event of a phreatic eruption.

According to the advisory, geochemical data on the main crater lake indicate continuous acidification of lakewater from a pH 2.79 to pH 1.59 between January 2020 and February 2021, an unseasonal temperature high of 77 degrees Celsius and CO2/H2S gas flux ratios consistent with shallow magma degassing.

Phivolcs said there are increased possibilities of sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, lethal accumulations, or expulsions of volcanic gas and minor ashfall from the main crater that can occur and threaten areas within the Taal Volcano island.

Entry into the island, Taal’s Permanent Danger Zone, especially the vicinities of the main crater and the Daang Kastila fissure, must remain strictly prohibited, Phivolcs added.

Pilots are advised to avoid flying close to the volcano as airborne ash and ballistic fragments from sudden explosions and wind-remobilized ash may pose hazards to aircraft.

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Explosive Activity Continues With Volcanic Ash At Sabancaya Volcano In Peru

Volcano Alert

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Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Buenos Aires warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 22000 ft (6700 m) altitude or flight level 220 and is moving at 10 kts in NW direction.

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