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February 13, 2003 to February 21, 2003


February 21, 2003

On February 21, a 4.1 magnitude earthquake was felt 425 km (265 miles) W of Newport, Oregon. (National Earthquake Information Center).


On February 19, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake was felt 80 km (50 miles) ESE of Akutan, Alaska. (National Earthquake Information Center).


Beginning around 10 February volcanic activity increased at Nyiragongo. Fine ash covered cars in the city of Goma and at 1142 a long-period earthquake occurred for more than 2 minutes that was followed by several small events and an increase in tremor amplitude. Residents near the volcano noticed an increase in plume height, a change in plume color from white to black, and a sustained rain of ash and Pele's hair. As of the 14th, Pele's hair continued to fall in Goma and an ash plume was visible rising at least 5 km above the crater. (Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program).


February 18, 2003

On February 15, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake was felt 40 km (25 miles) ESE of Masbate, Masbate, Philippines. (National Earthquake Information Center).


On February 14, a 5.5 magnitude earthquake was felt 105 km (65 miles) NNE of Bandar-e Abbas, Iran. (National Earthquake Information Center).


According to a news report, on 8 February volcanic tremor occurred at Tokachi, Hokkaido, Japan, that lasted for 37 minutes. A Japan Meteorological Agency monitor did not see any emissions or other signs that an eruption had occurred. (Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program).


February 13, 2003

Starting at the beginning of the report week (3-9 February), there was an increase in seismicity and surface activity at Lokon-Empung (northern Sulawesi, Indonesia) in comparison to the previous week. There were more emission, and deep and shallow volcanic earthquakes and ash emissions. On 8 February at 0443 an ash explosion was accompanied by the ejection of incandescent volcanic material. (Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program).


On January 27, a 6.1 magnitude earthquake was felt 25 miles (35 km) SE of Erzincan, Turkey. (National Earthquake Information Center).


On January 22, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake was felt 35 miles (55 km) SSW of Colima, Colima, Mexico. (National Earthquake Information Center).


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