|Earth Happenings Archive|
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
- October 29, 1999
- Colima Volcano erupted smoke and ash. A more powerful eruption
is expected. (Volcano
- October 27, 1999
- Mt. Etna recently threw a string of 'glowing rocks' skyward;
lava is expected to move down its west flank. (Volcano
- 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
*Soufriere Hills Volcano produced an ash cloud. (Volcano
- 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
- October 23, 1999
- The New Ireland Region of Papua New Guinea experienced a magnitude
- October 22, 1999
- A mag. 5.6 tremor shook southern Taiwan, injuring over 200 people.
*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.
- October 19, 1999
- Tungurahua volcano has produced incandescent tephra and is venting
gas and ash. Its alert level is now orange. (Volcano
*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.
- 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.
*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
*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
- 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
*Recent phreatic eruptions at Tungurahua Volcano have prompted
Ecuadoran civil defense to prepare for emergency operations. (Volcano
- October 5, 1999
- A mag. 5.8 quake occurred near the east coast of the Kamchatka
- 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
- October 3, 1999
- A moderate 5.6 mag. earthquake shook parts of northern Japan,
with no reports of injuries or damage. (AP)