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October 1, 1999 to October 30, 1999
October 31, 1999
Japan's Meteorological Agency warned of possible volcanic activity after a swarm of quakes was detected below a volcano on the island of Sakurajima. (AP)
October 30, 1999
A magnitude 5.7 quake took place to the south of the Kermadec Islands.
October 29, 1999
Colima Volcano erupted smoke and ash. A more powerful eruption is expected. (Volcano World)
October 27, 1999
Mt. Etna recently threw a string of 'glowing rocks' skyward; lava is expected to move down its west flank. (Volcano World)
October 26, 1999
The Grijalva River in Mexico is flooding, threatening the city of Villahermosa, population 475,000. (CNN)
*Villarrica Volcano in Chile has produced several Strombolian eruptions recently, covering its upper flanks with tephra. (Volcano World)
*Soufriere Hills Volcano produced an ash cloud. (Volcano World)
October 25, 1999
Seven children were injured in the panic that followed a small (mag. 3.9) quake in southeastern Turkey. (AP)
*Four mag. 5.6 earthquakes were recorded, with no injuries or damage reported: Tonga, Irian Jaya, south of Honshu, and North Island, New Zealand. (AP)
October 24, 1999
A magnitude 5.7 earthquake occurred off the coast of the southern Kuril Islands.
October 23, 1999
The New Ireland Region of Papua New Guinea experienced a magnitude 5.9 quake.
October 22, 1999
A mag. 5.6 tremor shook southern Taiwan, injuring over 200 people. (AP)
*Ecuador's Geophysical Institute issued a warning that Tungurahua may erupt within days. (AP)
October 21, 1999
Small streams of lava have emerged from Tungurahua volcano. (AP)
October 19, 1999
Tungurahua volcano has produced incandescent tephra and is venting gas and ash. Its alert level is now orange. (Volcano World) (Reuters)
*Lava flowed down the west flank of Mt. Etna, but is not considered to pose an immediate risk. (AP)
*A mag. 5.4 quake took place near the Solomon Islands.
October 18, 1999
A magnitude 5.4 earthquake occurred in eastern Taiwan.
October 17, 1999
Southern California continues to experience significant aftershocks, with five ranging from mag. 3.5 to 4.3.
*Two quakes of mag. 4.9 and 4.4 shook Taiwan, with the second interpreted as an aftershock to last month's large quake. (AP)
October 16, 1999
Southern California was rattled by a mag. 7.0 quake in the Mojave Desert. Twelve aftershocks from mag. 3.5 to 5.8 have been recorded. (Washington Post)
*The government of Ecuador is evacuating towns near Tungurahua volcano in preparation for a potential major eruption. (AP)
October 14, 1999
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake shook central Peru, with no reports of injuries or damage.
October 13, 1999
Colima volcano erupted a moderate amount of steam and ash. (Volcano World)
*Alaska Peninsula was shaken by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake.
October 12, 1999
Tungurahua volcano has produced a series of phreatic explosions. Ecuador's Civil Defense is on alert. (Volcano World)
October 11, 1999
A nearby magnitude 5.2 quake was felt in Cairo, but no damage or casualties have been reported. (AP)
October 9, 1999
An entire village has been buried by a landslide caused by a storm that has killed over 300 throughout Mexico. (AP)
October 8, 1999
The Tonga Islands were jolted by a magnitude 5.8 earthquake.
October 7, 1999
Guagua Pichincha released a mushroom cloud of ash that reached 12 miles skyward, clearly visible from Quito. (Reuters)
*Magnitude 5.5 quakes took place near both Andreanof Island, and the New Britain region of Papua New Guinea.
October 6, 1999
Heavy ash fall from Guagua Pichincha led to the death of a man with respiratory problems in Quito. (AP)
*The Guagua Pichincha volcano alert has been downgraded to yellow. (Volcano World)
*Recent phreatic eruptions at Tungurahua Volcano have prompted Ecuadoran civil defense to prepare for emergency operations. (Volcano World)
October 5, 1999
A mag. 5.8 quake occurred near the east coast of the Kamchatka peninsula.
October 4, 1999
A landslide near Pachuca, Mexico, killed four and injured four others in a marble mine. (AP)
*The dome at Guagua Pichincha volcano is growing and deforming. Seismic activity and rockfalls continue. (Volcano World)
October 3, 1999
A moderate 5.6 mag. earthquake shook parts of northern Japan, with no reports of injuries or damage. (AP)


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