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FIRE-EARTH Alert: PERU

Posted by feww on March 18, 2017

State of Emergency Declared in Peru as Extreme Rains, Deadly Mudslide Kill Dozens, Destroy or Damage 130,000 Homes

Major Disasters in Peru Since December 2016: Extreme Rains, Flooding and Mudslide…

[Peru’s civil defense agency INDECI]

  • At least twenty regions have been affected.
  • 62 fatalities reported, 12 missing
  • 170 injured
  • 72,115 displaced
  • 567,551 affected
  • 9,018 homes destroyed
  • 8,257 homes damaged (uninhabitable)
  • 110,094 homes affected
  • 1,231 km of main roads and 132 bridges destroyed

Additional details and regional climate forecasts are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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Strong Earthquakes Strike Fiji Islands and Peru Regions

Posted by feww on January 2, 2017

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M6.2 EQ Strikes South of the Fiji Islands

Magnitude: 6.2Mw [emsc]
Location: 23.39 S, 179.31 E

Region: SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS
Date time: 2017-01-02 13:14:02.7 UTC
Depth: 555 km
Distances:

  • 588 km S of Suva, Fiji / pop: 77,400
  • 619 km SW of Nuku‘alofa, Tonga / pop: 22,400
  • 1,305 km SE of Port-Vila, Vanuatu / pop: 36,000

M 5.9 EQ Strikes N. PERU

Magnitude: 5.9Mw [emsc]
Location 4.83 S, 76.31 W
Depth: 111 km
Distances:

  • 496 km SE of Guayaquil, Ecuador / pop: 1,953,000
  • 153 km NE of Moyobamba, Peru / pop: 44,300
  • 43 km E of Barranca, Peru / pop: 5,800
  • Full analysis available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

 

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Significant Seismicity – June 2, 2016

Posted by feww on June 2, 2016

M 6.5 quake strikes 91km W of Sungaipenuh, Indonesia

Centered at 2.207°S, 100.574°E [141.0 km S of Padang, Indonesia,] the event occurred at a depth of 50.8 km, reported USGS/EHP.

Potential Volcano Tectonics Impact

N-S: Tandikat-Singgalang (0°25′57.30″S, 100°19′1.69″E), Marapai, Talang (00°58′42″S 100°40′46″E ), Kerinci (1°41′48″S 101°15′56″E), Sumbing, Kaba, Dempo, Gunang Besar, Suoh and Krakatau (6°06′07″S 105°25′23″E).

EQ Details

Magnitude: 6.5Mw
Location: 2.207°S 100.574°E
Depth: 50.8km
Time: 2016-06-01 22:56:00 UTC
Distances:

  • 91.0 km (56.5 mi) W of Sungaipenuh, Indonesia
  • 141.0 km (87.6 mi) S of Padang, Indonesia
  • 156.0 km (96.9 mi) S of Solok, Indonesia
  • 531.0 km (329.9 mi) SW of Singapore, Singapore

Other Seismicity

M4.7 about 178km SW of San Patricio, Mexico 2016-06-02 02:43:10 UTC depth of 37.7km
M5.1 about 183km SW of San Patricio, Mexico 2016-06-02 02:23:10 UTC depth of 34.2km
M4.9 about 98km SW of San Patricio, Mexico 2016-06-01 12:25:03 UTC depth of 27.1km
M5.4 about 192km SW of San Patricio, Mexico 2016-06-01 08:30:21 UTC depth of 10.0km

M5.2 about 36km NNW of Pujocucho, Peru 2016-06-02 00:01:28 UTC depth of 15.5 km
M5.1 about 82km S of Huancavelica, Peru 2016-06-01 21:31:00 UTC depth of 78.9 km

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Significant Global Seismicity – May 27, 2016

Posted by feww on May 27, 2016

M5.2 – 13km WNW of Campoverde, Peru

Location: 8.450°S 74.927°W (13.0 km WNW of Campoverde, Peru) depth=132.4 km
Time: 2016-05-27 10:00:49 (UTC)

M4.6 – 103km ESE of Khonsa, India

Location: 26.517°N 96.447°E (103.0 km ESE of Khonsa, India) depth=74.8 km
Time: 2016-05-27 05:03:11 (UTC)

M5.8 quake strikes SSE of Naze, Japan

Location: 26.987°N 130.195°E (168.0 km SSE of Naze, Japan) depth=10.0 km
Time: 2016-05-27 03:44:29 (UTC)

M6.4 – 19km S of Ndoi Island, Fiji

Location: 20.826°S 178.671°W (19.0 km  S of Ndoi Island, Fiji) depth=572.1 km
Time: 2016-05-27 04:08:44 (UTC)

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States of Emergency Declared in Peru and Nigeria

Posted by feww on May 24, 2016

Mercury contamination prompts state of emergency declaration in Peru

Peru’s President Ollanta Humala has declared a 60-day state of emergency in the three provinces of Madre de Dios, Southern Amazon, because of extremely high levels of mercury contamination allegedly from illegal gold mining.

The Executive Order proclaims states of emergency in the three province of Manu, Tahuamanu and Tambopata, covering the towns of  Puerto Maldonado, Inambari, Las Piedras, Labyrinth, Fitzcarrald, Huepetuhe, Madre de Dios, Iñapari and Iberia said a report.

About 41% of the population, 40,000 to 50,000 people,  have been exposed to high levels of mercury contamination, particularly in the area of the Upper and Lower Madre de Dios and reserves inhabited by indigenous people in Amarakaeri area, where the exposure is six times the maximum permissible levels, said the country’s environment minister.

The mercury exposure is poisoning the people, polluting rivers and contaminating the fish, he said.

Nigeria declares a state of emergency as insects destroy crops

Nigeria’s Kaduna State has declared a state of emergency after moths destroyed up to 80% of tomato farms across the state. The damage caused by the tomato leafminer (aka tuta absoluta and South American tomato moth) exceeds 1bn naira ($5.1m).

More than 200 tomato farms in Kaduna have been affected over the past month.

A leaf miner is the larva of an insect that lives in leaf tissue of crops and consumes it. Most leaf-mining insects are moths, sawflies (a type of wasp) and flies, though several types of beetles also destroy plants in similar ways.

“Governor Nasir El-Rufai has declared a state of emergency on tomatoes in the state. In the past one month 12 local government areas of the state who produce tomatoes have lost 80% of their tomatoes harvest,” said the Commissioner of Agriculture.

“In three local government areas about 200 farmers have lost one billion naira worth of their tomatoes. So you can imagine the magnitude of the losses. It is so severe that even Dangote [conglomerate] who has established a tomato processing plant in Kano had to shut down production.”

At least eight other states in northern Nigeria have also been affected by the insects, the Commissioner added.

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States of Emergency Declared In Canada, Peru, Puerto Rico

Posted by feww on April 11, 2016

State of emergency declared in Peru’s Ucayali community due to mercury contamination

The Ministry of Health has declared a state of emergency in the Santa Rosa de Serjali community in Ucayali due to mercury contamination.

“The community of Santa Rosa de Serjali in Ucayali has been contaminated with high levels of mercury, with symptoms first appearing as early as November of 2014,” said a report.

Mass evacuation, as massive fire continues burning at Bay de Verde

“It’s absolute devastation,” said a worker at the Bay de Verde plant. “I got a phone call this morning at 6:30 and when I got out of bed and came downstairs, all I could see was black smoke coming from down in the plant.”

“My first thought was, ‘Oh my god, what’s gonna happen?'”

“Half of the [southern section of the community of about 700] has been evacuated, our emergency plan has been initiated and I have declared a state of emergency,” said the mayor.

State of emergency declared in Attawapiskat over spate of suicide attempts

Of the 2,000 citizens of Attawapiskat on remote James Bay, 101 people have tried to kill themselves, with one person dying, since September. The youngest was 11, the oldest 71, according to the First Nation’s chief, CBC reported.

On Saturday night alone, 11 people attempted to take their own lives, said Chief Bruce Shisheesh.

The Attawapiskat First Nation is an isolated First Nation located in Kenora District in northern Ontario, Canada, at the mouth of the Attawapiskat River on James Bay.

State of emergency declared at Puerto Rico government bank

Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla has declared a state of emergency at the Government Development Bank. He says the move is intended to protect the residents.

The executive order is aimed at  protecting the bank’s dwindling liquidity by only allowing withdrawals needed for the delivery of essential public services.

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Strong Quake Strikes NW Sumatra

Posted by feww on November 8, 2015

UPDATED

M6.1 quake strikes S of Medan, Indonesia

Magnitude: 6.1Mw
Location: 0.743°N 98.875°E (about 250km south of Medan, North Sumatra)
Depth: 75.1 km
Time: 2015-11-08 09:34:57 UTC
[Source: USGS/EHP]

Latest Significant Earthquakes

M 5.3 – 273km SSW of Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia
Location: 48.388°N 154.768°E
Depth: 44.2 km
Time: 2015-11-08 15:40:55 UTC

M 5.7 – 114km SE of Atka, Alaska
Location: 51.500°N 172.981°W
Depth: 33.5 km
Time: 2015-11-08 11:33:16 UTC

M5.4 – 98km SE of Atka, Alaska
Location: 51.624°N 173.116°W
Depth: 47.6 km
Time: 2015-11-08 10:46:21 UTC

M5.2 – 138km NW of Sabang, Indonesia
Location: 6.880°N 94.548°E
Depth:  27.1 km
Time: 2015-11-08 10:42:04 UTC

M 5.3 – 58km ENE of Tarata, Peru
Location: 17.369°S 69.495°W
Depth: 165.0 km
Time: 2015-11-08 08:13:37 UTC

M 5.7 – 3km N of Binabalian Ricor, Philippines
Location: 16.456°N 119.927°E
Depth: 35.3 km
Time: 2015-11-07 19:40:12 UTC

M 5.3 – 1km W of Moriya, Japan
Location: 35.931°N 139.982°E
Depth: 106.1 km
Time: 2015-11-07 13:44:44 UTC

[Source: USGS/EHP]

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Huge Cracks Split the Ground in Peru

Posted by feww on May 17, 2015

State of Emergency Declared in Peru after Huge Cracks in Ground Threaten Village

Deep cracks caused by heavy rains threaten to swallow village, terrify residents: Report

Peru has declared a state of emergency in part of the country after torrential rains caused deep cracks to appear in a village, terrifying residents, AFP reported.

The gaping crevasses have worsened over several weeks in the northern Ancash region, making some houses uninhabitable and prompting the government to declare a state of emergency.

The cracks looked similar to faults caused by earthquakes, but experts said heavy rains in March and April caused soil shifts and the expansion and contraction of earth, causing the ground to split.

“The earth does not shake, we saw a crack in the morning and in the afternoon it grew,” a resident in Socosbamba told the local TV station.

The initial state of emergency will last for 60 days, allowing the authorities to try and deal with the crisis, said the report.

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Floods Devastate Communities in China, Chile, Peru

Posted by feww on April 5, 2015

Extreme rain events and hail storms since Friday have damaged about 20,000 hectares of crops in 52 towns and villages in central China’s Hunan Province, affecting up to 240,000 people, and leaving more than 12,000 displaced as of Saturday evening, reported Xinhua.

In the east China’s Jiangxi Province, torrential rains have battered 54 cities and counties as of Saturday,”with some towns flooded and a highway landslide reported on Saturday afternoon. Icy roads have caused several bus accidents in the province,” said the report.

Scores Dead or Missing in Chile Floods

Widespread flash floods and mudslides, triggered by the heaviest rainfall in 80 years, have killed dozens of people, left more than a 100 missing and displaced thousands of others in Chile’s Atacama region.

The extreme weather events have affected tens of thousands of people across the region which reportedly includes the world’s driest desert.

“Rivers have burst their banks, flooding towns, making roads impassable and forcing miners in Chile, the world’s top copper exporter, to suspend operations,” IBT reported.

Peru Declares a State of Emergency

Record rains have also triggered major mudslides in eastern Peru, killing or injuring dozens of people, and leaving at least a dozen others missing.

President Humala of Peru has declared a state of emergency in the region east of the capital Lima that has been affected by the deadly mudslides.

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Latest Global Emergencies – February 2015

Posted by feww on February 28, 2015

7 Million Afghans in need of humanitarian aid

Afghanistan: Some 3,700 civilians were killed and 6,850 others wounded in 2014, a 22% increase in casualties on 2013; there were 21% more women and 40% more children casualties (UNAMA/UNHCHR, 18/02/2015).

About 7 million are in need of humanitarian aid in 2015. Badghis, Helmand, Kunar, Nangarhar, and Wardak most need assistance (UNICEF, 21/01/2015, OCHA, 25/11/2014).

  • At least 805,400 IDPs were reported as of January 2015 (UNHCR, 31/12/2014).
  • 3.4 million people are severely food insecure, while 5.4 million need access to health services and 1.7 million need protection (IPC, 01/11/2014).
  • 517,600 children under five suffer from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), and eight provinces show Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rates above 15%, breaching the emergency threshold. (UNICEF, 21/01/2015, OCHA, 31/07/2014).

Meantime, multiple avalanches in Afghanistan have buried more than a dozen villages killing hundreds of people and leaving many missing. The number is expected to rise, officials said.

Bolivia: Drought and Deluge

Drought has destroyed at least 120,000 hectares of soy crops and affecetd an addition 240,000 hectares in the municipalities of Cuatro Cañadas and Pailón in the eastern department of Santa Cruz, said the Association of Oilseed and Wheat Producers (ANAP), said a report.

Meantime, extreme rain events, severe hailstorms and widespread flooding  have affected 54 municipalities in six other Bolivian departments, 30 of which have declared states of emergency, killing dozens of people, affecting up to 100,000 people and destroying more than 8,000 hectares of crops.

Myanmar: Some 90,000 people have been displaced due to continuing violence between government troops and multiple armed groups in Kokang, Shan state. —ACAS

Kenya: The number of reported cholera cases has risen in the past week to 644, from 186. The outbreak was declared in Homa Bay, Migori, and Nairobi counties on 13 February. at least 17 people have died, most in Migori, and there are fears that the outbreak will spread due to the lack of safe drinking water. —ACAS

Nigeria: At least 564 cholera cases have been reported in Nigeria since January, with a fatality of rate of 8.3%. A resurgence of cases has occurred in Kano and Kaduna states. —ACAS

Mozambique and Malawi: Cholera Outbreak – Feb 2015

A cholera outbreak in Mozambique (started on 25 Dec 2014) has been exacerbated by extensive flooding since January 2015. As of 22 Feb, a total of 3,478 cholera cases had been recorded, with a death toll of 37. New cases continue to be reported in the provinces of Nampula, Niassa and Tete. (OCHA, 23 Feb 2015)

Malawi: On 13 Feb, the first confirmed case of cholera was registered in the country, whci borders Mozambique. To date 34 cases, including two deaths, have been confirmed in Nsanje district (all outside displacement sites), while another five cases were confirmed in Mwanza district. (OCHA, 25 Feb 2015)

Dominican Republic:
Heavy rainfall starting in mid-February 2015 caused flooding and landslides in the Dominican Republic. As of 21 Feb, more than 4,000 houses had been affected and 20,000 people were seeking shelter with family and friends. A red alert was in effect for three provinces. (Govt, 21 Feb 2015/Reliefweb/)

Southeast Europe

Torrential rains have caused major flooding in the southern and south-eastern parts of Albania since the beginning of February 2015. Some 42,000 people have been affected, numerous houses have been damaged, more than 3,500 heads of livestock killed, and 17,000 acres of farm land flooded. The Albanian Government is preparing to declare a state of emergency for the worst affected areas. (IFRC, 6 Feb 2015)

Macedonia: Torrential rains and snow melt have caused severe flooding the eastern region of the country. More than 170,000 people have been affected. (ECHO, 6 Feb 2015)

Bulgaria and Greece have also been affected by flooding.

Peru: Torrential rains and hail have triggered flooding and landslides, affecting several parts of Peru including Arequipa, Loreto, Cusco, Amazonas, and San Martin. Since the beginning of February 2015, various districts of the forest areas were under a state of emergency as a result of weeks of rains. In the departments of Loreto and San Martín, more than 30,000 people have been affected and 2,000 are homeless. An orange alert is active for the Amazon River and a red alert is active for other major rivers at the Peruvian jungle. Authorities are coordinating to provide aid to people affected by the ongoing rains, hail, flooding, and landslides. (OCHA, 9 Feb 2015)

Chile: Thousands of hectares of land stretching from northern to southern Chile have been affected by drought for eight years.

In many parts of Chile, January was one of the driest since records began, exacerbating the ongoing drought that started in 2007, said a Chilean meteorologist.

The drought is also hampering copper production, a water-intensive operation, in the world’s largest producer of the metal, said a report.

 

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Deadly Earthquake Destroys Village in Peru

Posted by feww on September 29, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 09, 08, 07
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State of Emergency Declared in Peru after deadly quake leaves dozens dead, injured or missing

At least a dozen people, including several children, were killed when a moderate earthquake struck. About a dozen others were injured, several missing, and hundreds displaced.

The earthquake, which measured 5.1 on the Richter scale, occurred at a depth of about 8km near the Andean village of Misca Saturday night, rattling southern Peru.

The quake razed the village, home to about 200 Quechua inhabitants.

“The population has lost everything,” said Peruvian President after visiting the village.

The quake also affected communities of Cajay, Canopato, Cusibamba Bajo, Mollejcato, Muyoc and Toray in the province of Paruro in Cuzco region, said reports.

In 2007, more than 500 people were killed in Ica ( a coastal province of  Peru) when a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck.

 

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Strong Quake Strikes Peru

Posted by feww on August 25, 2014

HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SEISMIC HAZARD
SCENARIOS 023, 09, 08, 07
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Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes near Tambo, Peru

Centered at 14.586°S, 73.578°W the quake struck at a depth of 101.0km (62.8mi), said USGS/EHP.

There were no reports of casualties or major damage, as of posting.

The quake zone is reportedly plagued by multiple copper, silver and gold mines.

EQ Details

Event Time:  2014-08-24 23:21:45 UTC
Location: 14.586°S 73.578°W depth=101.0km (62.8mi)
Nearby Cities

  • 43km (27mi) ENE of Tambo, Peru
  • 61km (38mi) ENE of Puquio, Peru
  • 105km (65mi) S of Andahuaylas, Peru
  • 129km (80mi) SW of Abancay, Peru
  • 467km (290mi) SE of Lima, Peru

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Mass Evacuation Ordered after UBINAS Eruption

Posted by feww on April 18, 2014

VOLCANIC HAZARD
STATE OF EMERGENCY
MASS EVACUATIONS
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Ubinas Volcano spews 3.2km-high plumes of toxic ash

Some 4,000 residents and more than 40,000 animals are being evacuated to a “safety zone” about  20km from Peru’s most active volcano.

Villagers are concerned for the health of their livestock, a major source of income. “In the district of Ubinas alone, there are an estimated 40,000 llamas and alpacas.” A significant percentage of these animals could be seriously affected by the silica ash, which  contaminates their grazing areas after each significant eruption, local sources have said.

The silica ash from the  eruption damages crops, polluting water sources, and threatening villagers and their livestock.

“The Ollanta Humala’s administration declared a state of emergency in nearby provinces, which will provide financial assistance for those affected by eruption of the Ubinas volcano, in southern Peru’s Arequipa region,” reported Andina news agency.

A major eruption in 2006 forced mass evacuations and killed livestock that consumed ash-contaminated fodder, said the report.

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Ubinas Volcano erupted multiple times in September 2013 after three years of dormancy. Image credit: ANDINA

The massive 5,670-meter volcano is located about 70 kilometers from the city of Arequipa (metro pop: ~ 1,260,000), and 1,250km south of the capital Lima, close to the country’s Pacific coast, about  230 km east of the Peru-Chile trench and about 150 km above the Benioff-Wadati plane, where the Nazca plate is subducting under the continental part of the South American Plate.

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Enhanced Seismicity Continues Along Peru-Chile Trench

Posted by feww on March 24, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
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More aftershocks hit coastal N Chile

Most significant aftershocks to strike near Iquique, Chile in the past 24 hours include

  • M5.3 (19.744°S, 70.811°W) about 89km WNW of Iquique, Chile 2014-03-23  at 20:23:03UTC, at a depth of 23.4 km
  • M6.0 (19.905°S, 70.934°W) about 87km NW of Iquique, Chile 2014-03-24 at 18:20:03 UTC, at a depth of 34.6 km

At least 9 other aftershocks measuring 4.4Mw or greater struck the area as of 2014-03-24 8:54:41 UTC.

peru-chile trench quake map 24-3-14
Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast for Chile (March 17, 2014)

FIRE-EARTH Models show a large earthquake could strike along Peru-Chile Trench in the coming weeks.

Tsunami Forecast: Large tsunami waves highly probable.

Forecast Details

  • Magnitude: ≥8.2Mw
  • Location: 23.6°S, 70.8ºW
  • Depth: 30km
  • Time: March 17 – April 29, 2014
  • Probability of Occurrence: 0.75
  • Total Earthquake Energy for the Episode ≥ 0.25EJ

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Significant Seismic Activity Continues Along Peru-Chile Trench

Posted by feww on March 22, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
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Significant aftershocks hit Peru, Chile coastal areas

At least 6 significant shocks/aftershocks occurred along the Peru-Chile Trench in the past 24 hours, as of posting. The events include a magnitude 6.2Mw which struck about 96km (60mi) WNW of Iquique, Chile (19.770°S, 70.936°W) at a depth of 15.2km, according to USGS/EHP.

List of the Latest Events along Peru-Chile Trench

  • M5.0, 89km WNW of Iquique, Chile 2014-03-22 14:15:38 UTC at a depth of 22.6 km
  • M5.5, 100km WNW of Iquique, Chile 2014-03-22 13:29:57 UTC at a depth of 10.0 km
  • M5.2, 83km NW of Iquique, Chile 2014-03-22 22:14:57 UTC at a depth of 8.2 km
  • M6.2, 96km WNW of Iquique, Chile 2014-03-22 21:59:58 UTC at a depth of 15.2 km
  • M4.6, 14km NNW of Putre, Chile 2014-03-22 14:56:05 UTC at a depth of 125.6 km
  • 5.0 16km WSW of Sechura, Peru 2014-03-22 09:38:46 UTC+09:00 40.9 km

peru-chile trench 22-03-14
Earthquake Location Map (Mag 4.5+ past 24-hrs).  Source: USGS/EHP

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Earthquake Location Map (Mag 2.5+ past 7 days).  Source: USGS/EHP

Recent Seismicity

chile 6-2 AFSH- 17 Mar14

List of the Recent Events in the Peru-Chile Trench (March 16 -17)

  • 5.0Mw 82km WNW of Iquique, Chile 2014-03-17  05:19:34UTC  Depth 12.0 km
  • 6.2Mw 80km WNW of Iquique, Chile 2014-03-17  05:11:34UTC  Depth 17.0 km
  • 4.8Mw 18km W of Tacna, Peru  2014-03-17 04:14:51UTC  Depth 94.5 km
  • 4.6Mw 65km WNW of Iquique, Chile 2014-03-17 03:28:21UTC  Depth 10.0 km
  • 4.6Mw 88km WNW of Iquique, Chile 2014-03-17 02:05:58UTC  Depth 23.6 km
  • 5.2Mw 70km WNW of Iquique, Chile 2014-03-17 01:34:55UTC Depth 10.0 km
  • 4.9Mw 65km WNW of Iquique, Chile 2014-03-17 00:55:03UTC  Depth 10.0 km
  • 5.1Mw 55km WNW of Iquique, Chile 2014-03-17 00:12:09UTC  Depth 10.0 km
  • 4.9Mw 61km W of Iquique, Chile 2014-03-16 23:08:11UTC  Depth 10.0 km
  • 4.9Mw 68km SE of Arica, Chile 2014-03-16 22:54:09UTC  Depth 11.9 km
  • 4.9Mw 84km WNW of Iquique, Chile 2014-03-16 21:29:35UTC  Depth 10.9 km
  • 5.1Mw 36km NNW of Iquique, Chile 2014-03-16 21:26:27UTC Depth 35.0 km
  • 6.7Mw 60km WNW of Iquique, Chile 2014-03-16 21:16:30UTC  Depth 20.0 km

FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast for Chile (March 17, 2014)

FIRE-EARTH Models show a large earthquake could strike along Peru-Chile Trench in the coming weeks.

Tsunami Forecast: Large tsunami waves highly probable. (Updated March 22, 2013)

Forecast Details

  • Magnitude: ≥8.2Mw
  • Location: 23.6°S, 70.8ºW
  • Depth: 30km
  • Time: March 17 – April 29, 2014
  • Probability of Occurrence: 0.75
  • Total Earthquake Energy for the Episode ≥ 0.25EJ

See also

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Peru Declares State of Emergency as Ubinas Erupts Again

Posted by feww on September 13, 2013

Volcanic ash from Ubinas sickening nearby residents

Ubinas Volcano’s 10th eruption since September 1, 2013 prompted the authorities to declare a 60-day state of emergency in various districts of the Moquegua and Arequipa departments, which are affected by volcanic emissions, especially silica ash, and near constant explosions.

The latest eruption sent a plume of ash and smoke to a height of about 2,500 meters above the crater summit, said the Geophysical Institute of Peru.

Ubinas - El Comercio- Carlos Zanabria
Ubinas Volcano. Photo credit: El Comercio/Carlos Zanabria

The silica ash from the volcano is damaging crops, polluting water sources, and threatening villagers and their livestock.

Authorities are distributing face masks and evacuating villagers living closest to the volcano. They are also planning to relocate at least one village to a safe area.

El Comercio reported earlier this week that some residents in the nearby town of Querapi, which authorities are planning to relocate,  had arrived at a local hospital complaining of vomiting, headaches, and stomach pain, most likely cause by ingesting silica ash.

Villagers are also concerned for the health of their livestock, a major source of income. “In the district of Ubinas alone, there are an estimated 40,000 llamas and alpacas. According to El Comercio, up to 15% of these animals could be seriously affected by the silica ash, which has contaminated their grazing areas.”

Peru’s most active volcano, Ubinas is located about 70 kilometers from the city of Arequipa (metro pop: ~ 1,260,000), and 1,250km south of the capital Lima, close to the country’s Pacific coast, about  230 km east of the Peru-Chile trench and about 150 km above the Benioff-Wadati plane, where the Nazca plate is subducting under the continental part of the South American Plate.

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Ubinas Volcano Erupts 6 Times in 60 Hours

Posted by feww on September 5, 2013

Ubinas erupts after three years of dormancy

Ubinas Volcano in Moquegua region, SW Peru, erupted twice on September 1, and again on September 2, followed by two additional eruptions on September 3, and one on September 4.

The latest eruptions ejected columns of ash and volcanic gases to heights of about two kilometers above the summit crater.

Peru’s most active volcano, Ubinas is located about 70 kilometers from the city of Arequipa (metro pop: ~ 1,260,000), near the country’s Pacific coast, about  230 km east of the Peru-Chile trench and about 150 km above the Benioff-Wadati plane, where the Nazca plate is subducting under the continental part of the South American Plate.

“We have to be alert in monitoring the volcano to consider any evacuation if it is needed,” said President Ollanta Humala on Wednesday.

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Ubinas Volcano has erupted six times since September 1, 2013 after three years of dormancy. Image credit: ANDINA

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Heavy Snow Kills Tens of Thousands of Animals in Peru

Posted by feww on September 1, 2013

State of emergency extended in Peru due to extreme cold

An unusually cold wave in Peru, covering large areas in snow and ice, has forced the government to extend a state of emergency.

Heavy snow has reached more than a meter high in some areas, with temperatures down to minus 20 degrees Celsius.

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Carabaya Province, Puno, Peru. Photo credit: ANDINA

The cold spell has killed tens of thousands of animals including alpacas, llamas, cattle and sheep, leaving more than 12,000 families destitute.

The extreme weather has also killed at least a dozen people in Peru and its southeastern neighbor, Bolivia, and Paraguay.

Snow and high winds have also damaged thousands of homes affecting tens of thousands of people in the region.

Hundreds of villages and small towns have been cut off by the extreme weather, according to local reports.

The Peruvian government declared a 60-day state of emergency in the southern region of Puno last week for the provinces of Carabaya, Sandia, Lampa, San Antonio de Putina, Melgar, Azangaro, Puno, Collao and Huancane. The emergency declaration has now being extended for an additional 20 days.

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“Himalayan Tsunami” Damaged or Destroyed 4,000 Villages

Posted by feww on July 15, 2013

5,748 Missing people presumed dead in north India floods

Northern Indian state of Uttarakhand has officially declared that 5,748 people missing following last month’s devastating floods will be presumed dead.

Authorities have so far recovered some 580 to 625  corpses, according to various reports.

The floods and landslides triggered by extreme monsoon rains have damaged or destroyed more than 4,000 villages in the Himalayan mountains.

The 2013 monsoon rains in the Uttarakhand region were the worst in eight decades.

Tens of thousands who lost their homes are living in temporary camps, but the authorities are struggling to provide relief  because the remote  areas are still cut off after flooding washed away roads.

The temple town of Kedarnath, one of the worst affected areas, will be closed to the public for at least a year, government has announced.

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Tsunami-like waves hit Chile and Peru

Unusually high winds and strong tidal current generated huge, tsunami-like waves battering the shared coastline of Chile and Peru.

The spectacular waves reaching heights of more than 7 meters (22 feet), plucked up rocks from the ocean bed dumping them onto the shore line and coastal roads, reports said.

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Millions Affected by Extreme Rain Events in Andes

Posted by feww on February 10, 2013

Torrential Rains, flooding and landslides affect 5 million people in South America

Extreme rain events  in the Andean region along the Pacific coast side of South America have affected about 5 million people, leaving at least 10 dead, and thousands of others displaced.

Chile

Extreme rain events  in the Andean region of Chile have triggered landslides near San Jose de Maipo causing fresh water shortages in the capital, Santiago, affecting more than 4 million people.

  • The landslides contaminated two major rivers that supply the city’s water plants.
  • In January, another contamination of the river Maipo left about 4 million people in the Chilean capital without water.

Peru

The government has declared a state of emergency following severe flooding in the southern city of Arequipa, where tens of thousands of people were left without electricity and drinking water.

  • Extreme weather dumped  the equivalent of three months of rain in about seven hours, Peru’s meteorological service  reported.
  • “It’s a record of records. There are no records of an event of this magnitude,” the Andina news agency quoted an official as saying.
  • Up to a 100,000 people have been affected by extreme weather.

Bolivia

Torrential rains and flooding throughout most of Bolivia have destroyed homes, crops and infrastructure, affecting about 20,000 people.

Other Events

Flooding in Madagascar

“In Madagascar, Tropical Cyclone Felleng caused the deaths of 9 people, affected 4,958 people, and displaced 1,303 people, all of whom have since returned to their homes. Furthermore, an estimated 162 houses were totally destroyed, 54 partially destroyed, and 670 houses flooded.” UN OCHA reported.

Flooding in Malawi

In southern Malawi more than 33,000 people have been displaced due to flooding, which has left many without shelter or clothing. “Crops have been destroyed, while over 20 schools have been disrupted, affecting thousands of children.” UN OCHA reported.

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Peru Mudslide: 30 killed, 54 injured, 25 missing

Posted by feww on April 3, 2010

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A giant avalanche of mud and rocks buries a village in NE Peru, killing at least 30 people, injuring 54 and leaving 25 others missing.

“As of 12:00pm [17:00UTC, April 2, 2010] the death toll stands at 30 people,” Civil Defense chief of the Huanuco region, Hipolito Cruchaga, announced.

Although he put the number of missing at about 25, some local reports have suggested “hundreds of people” may be missing in the village of Ambo.


Homes are submerged in earth after a landslide in the Porvenir area of Huanuco, Peru, Friday, April 2, 2010. Regional officials say heavy rains in northeastern Peru caused landslides that killed at least 25 people, injured 50 and another 25 people are missing. (AP Photo). Image may be subject to copyright.

“An entire village, some 400 people, has completely vanished,” Jorge Espinoza, a senior official in the Huanuco region, had earlier told N television.

“Some will be saved, but it appears the majority were buried,” he said.

“The bodies of some victims were plucked from the swollen Huallaga River downstream from the village of Ambo, while others had to be dug out of the mud, local media reported.” AFP said.

A photo of an earlier mudslide released by Peruvian Civil Defense.

The mudslide was triggered by heavy rains that caused a lake higher up a mountain to overflow into a ravine, officials were reported as saying.

Another mudslide claimed 5 lives near the town of Cancejos on Thursday, officials said.

The disasters came barely hours after the government announced Machu Picchu had been reopened following the deadly floods that had forced the closure of Peru’s Inca ruins in January.

On March 9, Fire-Earth Forecast:

More extremes of weather could affect western, northwestern and northern regions of  South America throughout the spring 2010, possibly extending into the summer.

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Peru Earthquake Warning

Posted by feww on March 5, 2010

Large Earthquake Could Strike Peru

Fire-Earth’s EarthModel simulations indicate that a large earthquake could occur in Peru.

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Volcano Watch: 3 February 2009

Posted by feww on February 5, 2009

Volcanic Activity Report: 28 January-3 February 2009

From: SI / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report

New Activity/Unrest:

Volcano of the Week: Ubinas


Volcán Ubinas, seen here from the west, is Perú’s most active volcano. A small, 1.2-km-wide caldera that cuts the top of Ubinas gives it a truncated appearance. The upper slopes of the stratovolcano steepen to nearly 45 degrees. The steep-walled, 150-m-deep caldera contains an ash cone with a 500-m-wide funnel-shaped vent that is 200-m deep. Holocene lava flows are visible on the volcano’s flanks, but historical activity, documented since the 16th century, has consisted of intermittent minor explosive eruptions. Photo by Norm Banks, 1988 (U.S. Geological Survey). Caption: GVP

Volcano Name: Ubinas

Country: Perú
Volcano Type:  Stratovolcano
Last Known Eruption: 2008 (in or after)
Summit Elevation: 5672 m
(18,609 feet)
Latitude: 16.355°S
16°21’18″S
Longitude: 70.903°W
70°54’11″W

Based on a SIGMET notice, the Buenos Aires VAAC reported that on 31 January an ash plume from Ubinas rose to an altitude of 6.7 km (22,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted SW. Ash was not seen on satellite imagery.

Ongoing Activity:

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Week 33 Volcano Watch

Posted by feww on August 21, 2008

13 August-19 August 2008

New Activity/Unrest:

Piton de la Fournaise. The massive Piton de la Fournaise on the island of Réunion is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. It is seen here in 1977 with a fresh black lava flow descending the outer NE flank of the shield volcano to the sea. An unvegetated summit lava shield (upper left) was constructed within an 8-km-wide caldera that is breached to the sea. Its sloping northern rim is marked by the diagonal vegetation line at the left. More than 150 eruptions have occurred since the 17th century, mostly from vents within the caldera. (Caption:Global Volcanism Program ). Copyrighted photo by Katia and Maurice Krafft, 1977 (published in SEAN Bulletin, 1977).

Ongoing Activity:

The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report is a cooperative project between the Smithsonian’s Global Volcanism Program and the US Geological Survey’s Volcano Hazards Program. This page is updated on Wednesdays, please see the GVP Home Page for news of the latest significant activity.

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