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Catastrophe Updates

  • Attica Central Greece Flooding

    Rainfall from a slow moving storm in the Mediterranean Sea has caused flash flooding in the Attica region in central Greece causing damage to homes and infrastructure. The worst affected regions are the industrial towns of Mandra (pop. ~13k), Nea Peramos (pop. ~8k) and Megara (pop. ~37k) in the foothills of the mountains just west of Athens. Flash flooding has caused at least 15 fatalities and reportedly tipped over vehicles and damaged walls and roofing in the affected towns. By Wedn...

  • Pohang, South Korea Earthquake Mw 5.4

    An earthquake of moment-magnitude Mw 5.4 struck just outside the center of Pohang (pop. ~520,000), South Korea at 05:29 UTC (14:29 local time) on Wednesday November 15, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The earthquake was shallow, with a depth of 6 mi (10 km). A statement from the Ministry of the Interior and Safety on the morning of Friday November 17 states that damage has been recorded to 1,161 houses, 84 shops, 200 schools, 72 defense facilities, 16 port fac...

  • Iran/Iraq Border Region Earthquake, Mw7.3

    An earthquake of moment magnitude Mw 7.3 struck the mountainous Iran-Iraq border region at 18:18 UTC (21:18 local time in Iraq, 21:48 local time in Iran) on Sunday November 12, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The epicenter was located 20 mi (32 km) south of Halabja (pop. ~110,000), Sulaymaniyah governate, Iraq. The quake was shallow, at a depth of 12 mi (19 km). The strongest shaking, with a Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) of VIII (Severe), was felt by about...

  • Jaco, Costa Rica Earthquake, Mw6.5

    At 02:28 UTC on Monday November 13 (20:28 local time on Sunday November 12), an earthquake of moment magnitude Mw6.5 struck approximately 10 mi (16 km) southeast of Jaco, Costa Rica (pop. ~10,000) at a depth of 12.3 mi (19.8 km), according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Because the earthquake happened after sunset, more information about damage is expected later today, Monday November 13 . At least one building has been evacuated in Jaco due to damage, according to loc...

  • Tropical Storm Haikui (30W)

    Tropical Storm Haikui (30W), known as Salome in the Philippines, reached tropical storm strength on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS) at 06:00 UTC today, Friday November 10 . Haikui is located approximately 200 mi (320 km) west-northwest of Manila, Philippines, in the South China Sea. The system tracked across the Philippines as a tropical depression, bringing heavy rain to central parts of the country leading to some localised flooding . Classes were suspended across th...

  • Tropical Storm Selma (EP20)

    Tropical Storm Selma (EP20) formed at 09:00 UTC today, Friday October 27, and is currently located approximately 210 mi (335 km) south of San Salvador, El Salvador, in the eastern Pacific . The system has maximum sustained wind speeds of 40 mph (65 km/hr), equivalent to a weak tropical storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS). Tropical storm force winds extend up to 45 mi (75 km) from its center, which are not currently impacting land. According to the National Hurrica...

  • Puebla, Mexico Earthquake, Mw7.1

    At 18:14 UTC (13:14 local time) on Tuesday September 19, a moment magnitude Mw7.1 earthquake struck 30 mi (48 km) south southwest of Puebla City, Mexico (pop. ~3 million). There has been significant damage and loss of life, particularly in the capital Mexico City (urban pop. ~20.4 million) and the states of Morelos and Puebla. A picture is beginning to emerge of the extent of the damage. According to the mayor of Mexico City on Sunday September 24, over 9,520 buildings have been inspe...

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