Storms and Floods

Floods, landslides in Northern India

At least 72 people have died in floods and landslides in northern India. More than 50 people died in the states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh alone over the last 24 hours.

About 22 people became landslide victims in the state of Haryana. Between 50 and 100 people are still reported to be missing.

At least 50 people have gone missing after a cloudburst in Rambada, Uttarakhand.

Landslide alerts have been issued for all districts in the Konkan region. Several people were evacuated following a landslide in Ratnagiri, a port city on the Arabian Sea coast in Ratnagiri district in the southwestern part of Maharashtra, India.

Around 180 tourists were stranded for about three hours near Hillgrove station, following a landslide on the railway track.

Deadly Landslides across Nepal

Landslide in the Baitadi district of Nepal has claimed the lives of five members of a single family.

Landslide caused by heavy rainfall swept away three children in Ram Singh Eir.

Landslide in Dailekh district has claimed the lives of at least seven people.

At least four people including three children are reported to be missing in a landslide in the Humala district.

Heavy rainfall has caused massive flooding in Darchula.

Lightning in Nepal has claimed lives of at least six people and injured two others.

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Wildfires – USA

A wind-whipped wildfire near the main route into Yosemite National Park in the Sierra foothills in northern California forced the evacuation of at least 150 houses Monday and was threatening more, state fire officials said.

The blaze that began Sunday afternoon had burned about 2 1/2 square miles, or 1,600 acres, Monday night. It was 15 percent contained.

More than 700 firefighters, 140 engines and two helicopters were taking on the wildfire that’s burning amid gusting winds in an area about six miles northeast of Mariposa off Highway 140.

The massive wildfires burning in Colorado are now 65% contained with firefighters getting the upper hand. The flames have destroyed nearly 500 homes and killed two people so far. The fires are the most destructive in Colorado’s history.


Novel Coronavirus – Saudi Arabia – Update

The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has announced an additional three laboratory-confirmed cases with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Veniaminof (Alaska Peninsula, USA): The eruption continues at low levels. Recent satellite images show very high elevated surface temperatures at the intracaldera cinder cone consistent with continued effusion of lava. No plumes have been observed in satellite images nor reported by pilots or local observers. (AVO)

Pavlov (Alaska Peninsula, USA): AVO reports no significant change in the seismicity at Pavlof in the past 24 hours: seismic tremor continues, but at lower amplitudes than previously. For the first time since May 27, no elevated surface temperatures were detected in satellite images during the past 24 hours. No plumes were visible in satellite images, and web camera images show cloudy conditions. (AVO)

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): Activity has been elevated. During 15-16 June, CENAPRED recorded 3-4 emissions per hous, including a few stronger explosions. One yesterday morning threw incandescent fragments on the north side at a distance no greater than 500 m.

Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): Activity has remained more or less stable. Occasional explosions occur from the lava dome producing small ash plumes of a few 100 m height. The viscous lava flows on the flanks of the dome are mostly stagnant, but sometime experience small advance and collapses, mostly the flow on the southern side.

Pacaya (Guatemala): Eruptive activity has resumed. Weak incandescence and explosions could be seen and heard during the past days. Today, no direct observations were reported, but volcanic tremor increased significantly during today, which could indicate some more vigorous activity soon.

Fuego (Guatemala): Activity has increased during the past days. A new small lava flow started on 14 June on the southern flank and had a length of 300 m this morning. Explosive strombolian activity has picked up a bit as well. Glowing tephra is ejected to 75-125 m height, and ash plumes rise to 3-500 m above the crater.