Fires in Australia, Eruption in Ecuador
Check out the image above to see PDC Active Hazards and Sea Surface Temperature worldwide. The Sea Surface Temperature layer is updated daily with data from satellites, ship reports, and buoy observations. Then look below to learn more about recent wildfires in Australia and volcanoes in Ecuador.
Wildfires broke out across eastern New South Wales in southeast Australia. The NSW Rural Fire Service issued an emergency warning for fires located in the Blue Mountains, Lake Macquarie, and Newcastle areas which were burning out of control yesterday. In total, more than 200 homes have been destroyed by fires. (ECHO 10/23/13) The NSW Rural Fire Service is currently monitoring an estimated 56 fires (NWS RFS).
Disasters can strike at any time so make sure your family is prepared, print out a checklist and put together your own Disaster Supply Kit. Also don’t forget about your pets when creating a Family Disaster Plan.
In recent volcano news, Tungurahua volcano remains active in Ecuador. From October 15-19, 60 to 100 explosions were recorded each day, activity then dropped off with only 20 to 35 explosions per day over the past few days. Some powerful explosions shot columns of magmatic gases, steam, and ash two to three kilometers into the air. (IGEPN)
Tungurahua is located in a string of volcanoes in Ecuador. Check out the image below to see the locations of volcanoes and active volcanoes. Then look at the volcano density map to see the density of past volcano eruptions.
Current Hazard Warnings
Drought: Africa (Gulf of Guinea), Haiti, United States
Earthquakes: East of the South Sandwich Islands (6.7), Etchoropo, Mexico (6.5)
Fire: Australia (New South Wales)
Flood: Guatemala (Western), Somalia (Central), Thailand, United States (South Texas)
Severe Weather: Australia (New South Wales, Victoria), Canada (Manitoba), Finland (Central), Italy, Malaysia
Tropical Storm: Lekima (West Pacific)
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