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Earth Happenings Archive
November 1, 1998 to November 30, 1998
November 30, 1998
After being inundated with five inches of rain in four hours the capital city of the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, Basseterre, was hit by a large mudflow. No casualties were reported although the region was declared a disaster area (Discovery Channel Online/Earth Alert)
November 29, 1998
Two large earthquakes shook the Southern Molucca Sea (mag 7.6 and 5.8). No tsunami were reported.
November 28, 1998
A magnitude 5.7 quake occurred in the Vanuatu Islands.
November 25, 1998
The Solomon Islands were shaken by a magnitude 6.0 quake. No damage was reported.
November 23, 1998
A mag. 5.5 earthquake occurred off the northern coast of Chile.
November 20, 1998
Yesterday's earthquakes in China have left over 1,300 people injured and 1 dead (CNN/AP).
November 19, 1998
Moderate earthquakes today shook Mindanao (mag 5.6), southwestern China (mag 5.6), Taiwan (mag 5.9; AP), and the northern Molucca Sea (mag 5.6). Over three hundred people were injured when the quake triggered landslides and collapsed homes (Reuters).
*Popocatepetl volcano, located near Mexico city erupted a 3-km column of ash, while residents near Colima volcano remained on alert (Reuters).
November 18, 1998
Colima volcano, considered to be the most dangerous volcano in Mexico, is threatening to erupt. The government is planning on evacuating nearby villages after volcanologists recorded thousands of small earthquakes and changes in water chemistry near the volcano (Reuters).
*A magnitude 5.7 quake occurred in Seram, located in the Banda Sea.
November 15, 1998
Twelve people have been reported killed by flooding in the Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine (Yahoo/AP). The Fiji islands experienced a magnitude 5.7 quake.
November 13, 1998
At least 4 people were killed in southern Iran when a region was struck by a magnitude 5.7 earthquake (Yahoo/AP).
November 10, 1998
Meakandake volcano, located on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, experienced a small ash eruption yesterday (Volcano Research Center, Tokyo - Updates).
November 9, 1998
The Banda Sea was shaken by two large earthquakes today, with Richter magnitudes of 7.0 and 6.2. No tsunami were generated.
November 6, 1998
Thousands have been evacuated after Nicaragua's Cerro Negro volcano erupted large volumes of ash and lava (Volcano World).
November 5, 1998
A magnitude 5.5 quake occurred in the Gulf of California.
November 3, 1998
Heavy rains from hurricane Mitch have caused severe mudslides on Casitas volcano and flooding throughout Nicaragua. Numerous villages were destroyed by the mudslide (which covered an area 20 km long by 2-3 km wide), up to two thousand people are believed dead, and tens of thousands have been left homeless (Global Volcanism Listserver). (For a review of Hurricane Mitch articles see the Discovery Channel Online - Earth Alert hurricane section.)
November 2, 1998
White Island volcano has been experiencing small ash and steam eruptions since October 24th (Volcano World). The volcano alert level, however, is still set at 1.
*Meanwhile, frequent collapses of the lava dome in Montserrat's Soufriere Hills volcano have generated a number of pyroclastic flows over the last month. A pyroclastic flow today in the Tar River Valley reached the sea (MVO Daily Updates).


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