|Earth Happenings Archive|
October 29, 1996 to November 15, 1996
- November 12, 1996
- A magnitude 6.4 quake occurred in Peru at 16:59 GMT. The earthquake was followed by a number of large (over mag.
5.0) aftershocks. The Tsunami warning network states that, "no
destructive Pacific-wide tsunami threat exists". Late on Tuesday CNN
reported over 500 injuries and 15 deaths.
- November 8, 1996
reports that the Icelandic outburst floods have receded.
(Watch a quicktime
move of the crater formed over the former
oceanographers report that the plume of fresh water from the
flood has extended 35 km out to sea (see the Daily News from
- A major cyclone hit India yesterday dropping almost 25 cm of rain in
the coastal city of Kakinada. Heavy rainfall has caused major
flooding and over 670 deaths.
- November 7, 1996
- After a discharge increase of
80 to 100 times in 2 hours, peak
discharge of the Icelandic outburst floods reached a maximum of
45,000 cubic meters a second near midnight on November 5th/6th (Photo). It is
now estimated that the lake has been totally emptied and total flood
has been estimated at 10-15 million US$. For more information on the
eruption and the flood see the
updated links on our current feature, the most recent
report from NordVulk, and the
Daily News from Iceland.
- November 6, 1996
- Outburst floods accompany a new Icelandic eruption. Recent
reports indicate that the lake produced by last
months subglacial eruptions in Iceland has begun to empty into the
Skeidara River, producing massive flooding. Meanwhile, a second
subglacial volcano erupted, producing a 4,500-meter column of ash. For
more information, see our current feature on the
A magnitude 6.6
earthquake occurred at 20.01 GMT in the western Pacific (near the Bonin
- November 5, 1996
- AVO reported the strongest eruption
yet of Pavlov Volcano (AK)
since volcanic activity began on September 15th, 1996. On November 4th,
scientists at the Alaska Volcanoes Observatory (AVO) reported ash plumes
reaching 7,500 m and spreading 250 km downwind. Pavlov has been erupting
Strombolian-like fire-fountains of lava almost continuously for the last
seven weeks. For more information and a video
clip of the eruption visit AVO.
- November 4, 1996
- A mag 4.9 quake occurred at 22:54 GMT in Oregon (offshore).
A magnitude 6.1
earthquake occurred at 17.24 GMT along the Panama/Columbia border.
- November 1, 1996
- Scientists at the Kaliurand monitoring center issued an
evacuation warning for people living in the vicinity of Mt. Merapi on the
Indonesian island of Java. The warning was issued because of
increased seismic and volcanic activity. Mt Merapi last erupted in
November 1994, killing more than 65 people and injuring more than 100
- October 29, 1996
- Popocatepetl, located 32 km south of Mexico City, erupted
without warning at 9:05 PM (local time) October 28th,
producing a column of ash that reached an altitude of about 9,000 meters.
No injuries were reported. CNN has a short Quicktime
movie of the eruption.