|Earth Happenings Archive|
December 1, 1997 to December 31, 1997
- December 31, 1997
- Thirteen people are believed to have been killed after heavy rains caused mudslides and floods in the mountains N. of Lima, Peru (CNN/Reuters).
- December 30, 1997
- A magnitude 5.8 quake shook northern Myanmar in SE Asia.
- December 28, 1997
- Unusually heavy rains have caused flooding in Tanzania that have resulted in at least 37 deaths (CNN/Reuters).
- December 27, 1997
- Flooding along the Congo River has displaced over 20,000 people (CNN/Reuters).
- December 25, 1997
- Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico erupted lava and ash today in its largest eruption since June (Reuters).
- December 18, 1997
- Coastal El Salvador experienced a deep, magnitude 5.7 quake.
- December 17, 1997
- A magnitude 6.6 quake occurred in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. No tsunami warning was issued in the Pacific (Reuters).
- December 16, 1997
- A magnitude 5.9 quake shook southern Mexico. No injuries were reported (Reuters).
- *Another magnitude 5.8 quake shook the New Britain region of Papua New Guinea.
- *The Global Volcanism Listserver reports strong volcanic activity at Monowai Seamount in the Kermadec Islands.
- December 15, 1997
- A mag. 5.8 quake occurred in the New Britain region of Papua New Guinea.
- December 11, 1997
- A deep magnitude 6.5 quake struck Columbia. No damage was reported (Reuters).
- December 8, 1997
- California cleans up after 2 days of flooding (CNN report). The floods were caused by heavy rains believed to be associated with El Nino.
- *Large (>5.0) aftershocks continue on the Kamchatka Peninsula.
- December 7, 1997
- A magnitude 5.7 quake shook northern Japan. No damage or injuries were reported (CNN/AP).
- December 6, 1997
- Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico erupted a cloud of ash. It was the biggest eruption of the volcano since August (CNN/Reuters).
- December 5, 1997
- Quakes and volcanos shake the Kamchatka Peninsula today.
A magnitude 7.7 quake (followed by a number of large aftershocks) occurred along the eastern Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia at 11:26 GMT. A Pacific-wide tsunami warning was issued and later recalled when a wave was not detected (Reuters; Washington Post/AP). No damage has been reported in this remote part of Russia.
- *KVERT reported that an explosive eruption of nearby Bezymianny Volcano began without warning today about 17:30 GMT (AVO update; KVERT update; Washington Post/AP). The eruption generated a 30,000-foot ash cloud. The volcano is located about 100 km inland of the mag. 7.7 quake that occurred earlier.
- December 3, 1997
- It's been a relatively quiet week on Earth. Geologylink has no major earthquakes, eruptions, floods, or landslides to report for the last 5 days.