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March 4, 2003 to March 31, 2003


March 31, 2003

On March 29, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake was felt 125 km (80 miles) W of Chitral, Pakistan. (National Earthquake Information Center).


On March 17, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake was felt 70 km (45 miles) SW of Little Sitkin Island, Alaska. (National Earthquake Information Center).


An increase in seismicity and volcanism at Karymsky during 14-21 March led KVERT to raise the Concern Color Code from Green to Yellow. Seismicity was slightly above background levels on 19 March, with weak volcanic earthquakes occurring and other seismic data that day suggesting the presence of hot avalanches. During 17-20 March, ash deposits were visible on satellite images extending more than 30 km SW of the volcano. (Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program).


March 24, 2003

On March 22, a 2.8 magnitude earthquake was felt 80 km (50 miles) E of Lone Pine, California. (National Earthquake Information Center).


On March 19, a 4.0 magnitude earthquake was felt 50 km (30 miles) WNW of Wellington, New Zealand. (National Earthquake Information Center).


A team of scientists from India and Italy who visited Barren Island (Andaman Islands, Indian Ocean, India) during 3-6 February found fumaroles on parts of the volcano's SW cone that reached temperatures up to 101C. Neither magma nor gas emissions were observed in any of the various cones. The ground temperature was relatively high (40C) from the middle to the upper part of the western cone and steaming ground was clearly visible at many sites. (Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program).


March 18, 2003

On March 17, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake was felt 70 km (45 miles) SW of Little Sitkin Island, Alaska and has been followed by a series of significant aftershocks. (National Earthquake Information Center).


On March 12, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake was felt 80 km (50 miles) ENE of Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico. (National Earthquake Information Center).


During 24 February to 2 March, volcanic activity at Karangetang's South crater consisted of "white-gray ash emissions" rising to low levels, incandescent glow extending to 50 m above the crater, and a booming noise that was heard from the observatory post. During the report period, there was an increase in the number of shallow volcanic earthquakes, while the number of multiphase earthquakes decreased.(Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program).


March 4, 2003

On February 24, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake was felt 105 km (65 miles) E of Kashi, Xinjiang, China. (National Earthquake Information Center).


On February 22, a 5.4 magnitude earthquake was felt 6 km (4 miles) N (356 degrees) of Big Bear City, CA. (National Earthquake Information Center).


An eruption at Lokon-Empung, Indonesia, on 23 February around 1100 produced an ash cloud that rose 2.5 km above the crater. According to news reports, ash fell in the villages of Kinilouw and Kakaskasen and the Tondano Lake. On the 24th authorities put residents near the volcano on alert and banned recreational activities on Lokon-Empung's flanks. Two small eruptions on the 24th sent ash 200 m above the volcano. Lokon-Empung was at Alert Level 3 (on a scale of 1-4). (Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program).


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