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December 6, 2002 to December 20, 2002

December 20, 2002

After the December 2 earthquake of 5.6 magnitude, 45 miles (70 km) SW of Patras, Greece, many smaller shocks have been felt.(National Earthquake Information Center).

A small plume of steam and possibly ash was wafting westward from the San Cristobal Volcano in northwestern Nicaragua on December 16, 2002. San Cristobal is an active stratovolcano in the San Cristobal complex on the west coast of Nicaragua. The volcano periodically spits out ash and smoke over the Central American jungles. (NASA Earth Observatory).

December 13, 2002

On December 11, a 2.8 magnitude earthquake was felt 30 miles (45 km) S of Phillipsburg, Kansas. (National Earthquake Information Center).

December 11, 2002

On December 11, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake was felt 80 miles (130 km) W of Enarotali, Irian Jaya, Indonesia. (National Earthquake Information Center).

Etna continued to erupt through 2 December. According to the Italy's Volcanoes website, during the afternoon on 1 December ash fell in Catania and surrounding areas, leading to the closure of Fontanarossa Airport. On the 2nd, explosive activity continued at two vents on Etna's upper S flank and lava was emitted from a third vent at the SW base of the large pyroclastic cone that formed during the first 5 weeks of activity. (Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program).

December 6, 2002

On December 4, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake was felt 120 miles (195 km) ESE of Sittwe, Myanmar. (National Earthquake Information Center).

According to news articles, seismicity increased near Campi Flegrei Mar Sicilia, a group of submarine volcanoes ~30 km S of Sicily, near Tunisia. (Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program).

A small ash puff was released from Canlaon on 28 November at 0721. The puff rose to a height of ~100 m above the active crater and drifted SW. Associated volcanic tremor was recorded at Cabagnaan and Guintubdan stations. (Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program).


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