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November 1, 1999 to November 30, 1999
November 30, 1999
Northern Chile experienced a magnitude 6.6 earthquake, with no reports of injuries or damage.
November 29, 1999
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake was reported from the southern Indian Ocean.
*Ash from Pichincha volcano once again fell on Quito. (AP)
November 28, 1999
The Komandorsky Islands were repeatedly jolted by a series six quakes ranging in magnitude from 4.4 to 5.5.
November 27, 1999
A mag. 6.0 quake shook central Peru, with no injuries or damage reported.
*A mag. 5.7 quake occurred in the New Ireland Region of Papua New Guinea.
November 26, 1999
Vanuatu was struck by a 7.1 quake, generating a tsunami that left eight dead, hundreds injured, and thousands homeless. A mag. 6.0 aftershock followed 17 minutes later, then shocks of mag. 5.6 and 5.7. (Chicago Tribune)
*A mag. 4.6 quake in northern Iran damaged 50 buildings, but no casualties have been reported. (AP)
*Eruptions of ash from Pichincha volcano have led to the closure of schools and the airport in Quito. (AP)
*The Komandorsky Islands experienced a magnitude 5.7 quake.
*Mudslides and flooding rivers closed several roads along the northern Oregon coast, isolating one county. (AP)
November 24, 1999
The Nicaraguan government has evacuated 500 people from the area around San Cristobal due to the release of volcanic gases. (AP)
November 23, 1999
The Carlsberg Ridge experienced a quake of mag. 5.6, followed by a mag. 4.8 quake 38 minutes later.
November 22, 1999
San Cristobal volcano erupted gas and ash 10,000 feet skyward, depositing a film of ash on four nearby villages. (AP)
November 21, 1999
A magnitude 6.1 quake took place near the Chile-Bolivia border, with no reports of injuries or damage.
November 19, 1999
A magnitude 5.8 quake in northwestern Iran killed one person, destroyed a house, and damaged two other buildings. (AP)
*The New Britain region of Papua New Guinea was shaken by two quakes of mag. 5.9 and 7.0.
November 18, 1999
Guagua Pichincha Volcano erupted a plume of ash skyward 16,400 feet, coating the city of Quito. (Volcano World)
*The northern Molucca Sea experienced a magnitude 5.9 earthquake.
November 17, 1999
The New Britain region of Papua New Guinea was shaken by a mag. 7.0 quake.
*A mag. 6.1 quake followed 8 hours later in the New Britain region.
November 16, 1999
The Geophysical Institute of Ecuador released a warning that both Pichincha and Tungurahua volcanoes could erupt violently. (AP)
November 15, 1999
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake occurred in the southern Indian Ocean.
*A mag. 5.8 quake took place off the east coast of Honshu.
November 13, 1999
Rainstorms in France and Sardinia have triggered floods and mudslides that have killed at least 16 people. (AP)
*Western Turkey experienced a mag. 5.1 aftershock.
November 12, 1999
Western Turkey has been hit by a mag. 7.2 earthquake, leaving at least 320 dead, hundreds injured, and several buildings in ruins. (AP) (Washington Post) (Yahoo Full Coverage)
*Six large aftershocks have followed in western Turkey, ranging from mag. 4.7 to 5.5.
November 11, 1999
A magnitude 5.6 aftershock in western Turkey killed one and injured at least 157 others. (AP)
*Northern Sumatra experienced a magnitude 6.2 quake. (
*A mag. 5.7 quake occurred in the northern Kuril Islands.
November 10, 1999
Tungurahua volcano is producing a series of increasingly powerful ash explosions. Mudflows have destroyed roads and ash has covered 50,000 hectares of cropland. (Volcano World)
*Guagua Pichincha volcano continues its high level of seismic activity. One magmatic eruption coated Quito with ash. (Volcano World)
November 9, 1999
Eastern Romania was hit by a mag. 4.8 quake felt in Bucharest, but no injuries or damage have been reported. (AP)
November 8, 1999
An avalanche, possibly triggered by volcanic activity, buried between 25 and 30 houses, leaving 46 people missing in Peru. (AP)
*A magnitude 6.5 quake in northeastern Columbia destroyed several houses and was felt throughout the country. (Reuters)
*A mag. 6.5 quake near the Afghanistan-Tajikstan border caused local panic, but no injuries or damage have been reported. (Pakistan News)
*The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan border region experienced a magnitude 5.5 earthquake.
November 7, 1999
Flooding and landslides in Vietnam have killed at least 456 people; hundreds of thousands have been displaced. (AP)
*Two quakes of mag. 5.0 and 4.3 in western Turkey left one person dead and six others hospitalized for shock. (AP)
November 4, 1999
Tungurahua Volcano has produced an ash plume reaching 10.7 km skyward. (Volcano World)
November 3, 1999
Tear gas was used to prevent hundreds of people from returning to the restricted zone around Tungurahua Volcano. (AP)
*The southeast Indian Ridge produced a mag. 5.6 earthquake.
November 2, 1999
Northwestern Greece was shaken by a magnitude 4.5 quake which did no damage. (AP)
November 1, 1999
A mag. 4.9 quake in the Fars province of Iran left at least 28 injured, damaged several buildings, and knocked out power in Kazeroun. (AP)
*Taiwan was jolted by a mag. 6.1 quake, with no reports of damage or injuries (AP). The lack of damage is believed to be due to the quake's location. (AP)


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