|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
*The Jujuy Province of Argentina experienced a mag. 5.5
- December 20, 1999
- Recent flooding and mudslides in Venezuela have left an estimated
10,000 dead and thousands more homeless. (CNN)
*Guagua Pichincha volcano sent a column of ash seven miles
skyward, forcing the closure of the airport in Quito. (Volcano
- December 19, 1999
- A magnitude 6.1 quake took place to the south of the Mariana
- 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.
- December 5, 1999
- Floods swept through central Vietnam, leaving at least 69 people
*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