|Earth Happenings Archive|
September 1, 1997 to September 30, 1997
- September 30, 1997
- A magnitude 6.5 quake occurred under the ocean south of Tokyo, Japan. A tsunami warning was issued but was recalled when no tsunami were detected after an hour.
- *Torrential rains in southern Spain caused flooding and resulted in at least three deaths (Washington Post/AP).
- September 29, 1997
- Explosive volcanic activity continues at Montserrat where at least five explosive events have occurred in the past two days (MVO morning report 9/29, and MVO Daily report 9/28)
- September 28, 1997
- Deadly quakes strike Indonesia (magnitude 6.0) (CNN report) and northern Chile (magnitude 5.8).
- September 26, 1997
- Italian quakes kill 11, damage historic buildings and artwork (CNN) (Washington Post/AP). Largest quake measured 5.9.
- *A 5.9 earthquake shook the Banda Sea.
- September 25, 1997
- South African quakes injure miners, damage mineshaft in the East Rand area (Reuters).
- *A 5.5 earthquake occurred in the mid-Indian Ocean.
- *Explosive eruptions, pyroclastic flows continue on Montserrat (MVO daily report).
- September 24, 1997
- Ongoing explosive eruptions on Montserrat destroyed three villages and have prompted consideration of the forced evacuation of people remaining in the exclusion zones. Related stories: Reuters, Volcano World, MVO daily report.
- September 23, 1997
- A minor (4.9) quake near Kuwait is the most recent in a series that have occurred there in the last few days, producing no reported injuries or damages (Reuters).
- September 21, 1997
- Volcanic ash set fire to the Montserrat Airport and buried part of the runway (Washington Post/AP).
- *A 6.2 quake hit the Lake Tanganyika area.
- September 20, 1997
- Two earthquakes of mag. 6.9 and 5.7 occurred near the Kermadec Islands in the southern Pacific.
- September 19, 1997
- A 4.0 quake shook the San Bernardino Mountains near Big Bear Lake, California. No damages were reported (Reuters).
- September 17, 1997
- The northern Molucca Sea experienced a 5.8 quake with no reported damage.
- *Minor damage from a 3.8 quake near Trumann, Arkansas (Washington Post/AP).
- September 16, 1997
- Volcanic gas kills four hikers on Adatara Volcano in Japan (GVN).
- September 15, 1997
- A mag. 5.7 quake occurred on the Philippine Islands with no reports of damage or injuries.
- September 12, 1997
- Pacific-Antarctic Ridge hit by a mag. 5.6 earthquake.
- *Mudslide Damages Seattle Homes (Washington Post/AP). A mudslide that neighbors suspected was caused by a broken water main damaged four homes, one severely, and buried a private road.
- September 10, 1997
- A mag. 6.1 quake occurred in the Tonga Islands group with no reports of damage or tsunami generation.
- September 8, 1997
- Pyroclastic flows and higher pressures at Montserrat indicate a possibly imminent explosive event (Washington Post/AP). Today's flows and quakes prompt heightened concern (MVO daily report).
- September 7, 1997
- A 5.2 earthquake hit the Tokyo area early Monday with no reports of damage or injuries (Washington Post/AP).
- *A small (4.1) earthquake struck Iran (CNN).
- *Mag. 5.6 quakes in Pakistan and the Solomon Islands.
- September 6, 1997
- People missing after California mudslides that were caused by severe thunderstorms (CNN).
- *A small (mag. 4.0) earthquake rattled Oklahoma.
- September 4, 1997
- A man was killed by volcanic debris from Mt. Semeru, located in Indonesia about 400 km east of Jakarta (Washington Post/AP). Ash eruptions have been reported from the volcano for at least a month.
- *A magnitude 6.1 quake occurred in the Fiji Islands.
- *Thunderstorms caused flash flooding in Southern California (Washington Post/AP).
- September 2, 1997
- A magnitude 6.7 quake occurred in Columbia this morning. There have been no reports of injury. (Reuters).