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August 1, 1998 to August 31, 1998
August 30, 1998
Flash floods and a landslide are responsible for at least 65 deaths in Nepal (Washington Post/AP). "Experts have warned that worse landslides could occur on the lower Himalayas in coming years if villagers and real-estate developers do not stop logging that makes the slopes vulnerable to heavy rain."
*Large earthquakes today rattled the Mariana Islands (mag. 6.2) and the Queen Charlotte Islands (mag. 6.0).
August 29, 1998
The South Sandwich Islands were shaken by a magnitude 5.8 quake.
August 28, 1998
A magnitude 6.2 quake occurred on the Minahassa Peninsula in Indonesia.
August 27, 1998
Three people were killed by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in southern China (Washington Post/AP).
August 23, 1998
A magnitude 6.2 earthquake occurred off the coast of Nicaragua.
*Luzon was shaken by a mag. 5.8 quake.
August 20, 1998
Earthquakes today shook the Bonin Islands (mag. 6.2) and the Rat Islands (mag. 6.0).
August 19, 1998
Torrential rains in a remote area of northern India caused severe landslides that killed almost 200 people (Discovery Online).
August 18, 1998
Wollongong, a city in southern Austrailia, was isolated today by flash floods and mudslides (Discovery Online).
August 17, 1998
Mudslides along the Italian-Austrian border killed 5 people (Discovery Online).
August 16, 1998
A fifteen minute eruption of Popocatepetl volcano occurred today. The volcano created a 5-km collumn of ash, however no damage was reported (Volcano World).
August 13, 1998
"Fish and Wildlife Service personnel reported that the usual white steaming from Chiginagak volcano fumaroles changed for a time to puffs of black ash accompanied by a greenish-yellow gas and steam plume rising about 500 to 1000 ft above the volcano." (Alaska Volcano Observatory)
August 12, 1998
A mag. 5.4 quake shook the central coast of California. No damage was reported (CNN/AP).
*Flooding continues in South Korea where 189 people have been killed and over 100,000 have been left homeless since heavy rains began last week (Washington Post/AP).
August 11, 1998
The crest of the Yangtze River floods in China continues to move downstream. Today the crest passed the city of Jiujiang (Washington Post/AP).
August 10, 1998
The Nicobar Islands, located north of the island of Sumatra, experienced a magnitude 6.0 earthquake.
August 5, 1998
At least 11 people were killed when heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in South Korea (Washington Post/AP).
*A magnitude 5.9 quake occurred on the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge.
August 4, 1998
Northwestern Equador was shaken by magnitude 5.7 and 7.1 quakes today. Three people have been reported killed and hundreds have been left homeless (Washington Post/AP).
*Other earthquakes today struck New Guinea (mag 5.5), west of the Macquarie Islands (mag. 5.5), and
August 2, 1998
Western China was shaken by a mag. 5.6 quake.
August 1, 1998
At least 32 people have been killed after heavy rains caused mudslides in northern Iran (Washington Post/AP)
*Flash floods in South Korea have killed 20 campers and at least 70 more are still missing (Washington Post/AP). Floods occurred after 5-1/2 inches of rain fell in an hour.


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