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Earth Happenings Archive
December 1, 1999 to December 30, 1999
December 30, 1999
The Soufriere Hills Volcano continues to rebuild its dome, which is now blocky, spined and gray like previous domes. (Volcano World)
*The Jujuy Province of Argentina experienced a mag. 5.5 quake.
December 20, 1999
Recent flooding and mudslides in Venezuela have left an estimated 10,000 dead and thousands more homeless. (CNN) (Reuters)
*Guagua Pichincha volcano sent a column of ash seven miles skyward, forcing the closure of the airport in Quito. (Volcano World)
December 19, 1999
A magnitude 6.1 quake took place to the south of the Mariana Islands.
December 18, 1999
The north coast of Irian Jaya was hit by a mag. 6.1 quake, with no injuries or damage reported. (AP)
December 9, 1999
Landslides in western Sumatra buried sixteen buildings, killing at least nine people and leaving 46 missing. (AP)
*A mag. 6.0 earthquake was recorded in the New Britain Region of Papua New Guinea.
December 8, 1999
The Solomon Islands experienced a magnitude 6.0 earthquake.
December 7, 1999
A pair of earthquakes, mag. 5.1 and 6.2, occurred in the Tonga Islands within one minute of each other.
*A mag. 3.9 earthquake was felt in downtown Los Angeles, with no reported injuries or damage. (AP)
December 6, 1999
The number of dead from flooding in Vietnam has risen to at least 109, with one million people homeless. (AP)
*Kodiak Island was hit by a 7.0 quake, followed by five major aftershocks ranging from 4.4 to 6.2 in the span of two hours. (Reuters)
December 5, 1999
Floods swept through central Vietnam, leaving at least 69 people dead. (AP)
*A mag. 5.9 earthquake took place in the Pacific south of Honshu, Japan.
December 4, 1999
A magnitude 5.5 quake in eastern Turkey killed one person and injured six others. (AP)
*A mag. 5.7 quake occurred north of Halmahera, Indonesia.
December 1, 1999
A magnitude 6.2 earthquake occurred in the western Caribbean Sea.


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