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Archive for May 11th, 2014

Santa María Volcano Continues to Erupt

Posted by feww on May 11, 2014


Mass evacuations ordered as  Santa María continues to erupt

Santa María volcano (volcán Santiaguito) is a large active volcano located in the Western Highlands of Guatemala, near he city of Quetzaltenango. The volcano has been eruting since May 9, 2014, forcing the authorities to evacuate hundreds of people.

Lahar races down a river valley near El Palmar

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Original caption: Image provided by Guatemala’s Prensa Libre Newspaper on May 9, 2014 shows a man watching the volcanic material descending at El Palmar municipalty of Quetzaltenango department in Guatemala. The Santiaguito volcano continues its explosive activity with less intensity, according to technicians of Guatemala’s Disaster Reduction National Coordinator, according to local press. (Xinhua/Prensa Libre)

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Santa María volcano erupts. Credit Daniel Leclair/ Reuters

Santa María’s eruption in 1902 is recorded as the fourth largest volcanic explosion of the 20th century with a VEI of 6 [‘Colossal’.]

The volcanic ash from the eruption was detected as far away as San Francisco, more than 4,000 km away.

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Sakurajima Volcano Erupts Explosively

Posted by feww on May 11, 2014


Rivers of of lava and large columns of ash moving in the direction of Ibusiki City

Sakurajima’s eruption on Sunday was the most powerful one at the volcano so far this year.

The explosion ejected a column of ash and smoke to a height of about 4.5km above the Minamidake crater, according to local reports.

One of the most active volcanoes in the world, Sakurajima is located in Kagoshima Bay, southern Kyushu, Japan (about 1,100km WSW of Tokyo). The composite volcano has three peaks: Kitadake, Nakadake and Minamidake (southern peak).

Since 1955 the Minamidake crater has been continually active. The ongoing activity includes strong strombolian to ash explosions at least once and as many as 8 times a day.

The volcano was placed under a Level 3 (orange) alert by the Japan Meteorological Agency on March 21, 2012.

Level 3 (orange) alert means the volcano is active (do not approach crater).

A major lava flow in 1914 connected the volcano island  to the Osumi Peninsula on the Kyushu Island.

There were no immediate report of damage or casualties, as of posting.

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FIRE-EARTH Bulletin NO. 96 – May 11, 2014

Posted by feww on May 11, 2014


FIRE-EARTH Bulletin NO. 96 has been released.

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No. of Days left: 668

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Tornado Devastates Orrick, Missouri

Posted by feww on May 11, 2014


Powerful Tornado Destroys or Damages 80 Percent of Orrick, MO

A powerful twister has destroyed up to 300 homes and other buildings in the small Missouri town  of Orrick (Population: ~850).

“The Missouri Highway Patrol estimated up to 80 percent of the city had been affected by the tornado.  A perimeter has been setup around the town.  Police said only residents will be allowed in the area for the next 48 hours,” said a report.

The twister ripped roofs on homes and flattened buildings, uprooted trees and downed power lines, flipping over cars and other vehicles.

“It looks like someone bombed the hell out of us,” said a resident.

Storm Reports

Up to 14 tornado reports were received by SPC for the 24-hour May 10, as of posting.

10may14 reports
Source: Storm Prediction Center (SPC)


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