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Jan
27
2017

Hazard Highlights

Flooding in French Polynesia Affects Thousands On January 23, heavy rainfall triggered major flooding that left thousands in French Polynesia without power. The islands of Tahiti and Moorea were most affected by the floods, resulting in the temporary closure of Tahiti’s international airport (ReliefWeb/Radio Australia). Between January 22 and 23, more than 200 mm of …

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Jan
19
2017

Hazard Highlights

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Heavy Rains, Landslides Damage Infrastructure in Peru As of January 16, thousands across Peru have been affected by severe weather conditions. Intense rains, huaycos (a regional term for a specific type of flash flood event), landslides, floods, hailstorms, thunderstorms, and snow have been reported in 18 of the country’s 24 regions (INDECI, INDECI-Twitter, Andina). According …

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Jan
12
2017

Hazard Highlights

2017

Flooding on Six Continents, in 12+ Countries This Week Every continent, perhaps excepting Antarctica, is experiencing flooding this week. Let’s touch down in at least one wet spot on each land mass. South America: In Bolivia, la Agencia Boliviana de Información (ABI), in a report published on ReliefWeb, says that by January 10, “rains have …

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Jan
05
2017

Hazard Highlights

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M6.9 Earthquake Strikes Offshore of Fiji, Followed by Strong Aftershocks On January 3, a major M6.9 earthquake occurred in the Fiji Islands region, initially prompting tsunami warnings for coastal areas around the island nation (NDMO, PTWC). According to reports, at least two aftershocks greater than M5.0 followed soon after the initial quake (Reuters). There were …

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Dec
29
2016

Hazard Highlights

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Nock-ten Impacts Philippines Forming on December 21, Typhoon Nock-ten (known locally as Nina) intensified as it moved toward the Philippines, reaching Super Typhoon status before making its first landfall in Bato, Catanduanes on December 25 (NASA EO, NASA, NDRRMC SitRep #8). Thousands spent the Christmas holiday in evacuation centers, as severe weather conditions and storm …

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