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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.


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