7.8M Earthquake Strikes Off Indonesia
On March 2, a shallow 7.8M earthquake struck off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, prompting initial tsunami alerts by the Indonesian Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) and evacuations in the cities of Padang and Mentawai (AHA Centre Flash Update, USGS).
According to media reports, the quake did not cause major damage or deaths, but it did expose gaps in early warning systems and evacuation procedures put in place after the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami, which claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people (Reuters).
Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) activated for the hazard event, monitored the situation until the threat was over, and issued notices to its partners in the region, providing them with ShakeMap model output and a Tsunami Travel Time map.
RVA Profile: Indonesia
This Week in Hazards:
- According to reports (as of February 29), heavy rainfall at the start of the week caused flooding that left at least 9,600 houses in Haiti inundated in the city of Cap-Haïtien in the Nord Department (ReliefWeb). Flooding has been a recurring hazard across the country’s northern region (Républic d’Haiti). For the remainder of the week, light to moderate rainfall is expected (Meteo-Haiti).
- Increased activity of Fuego Volcano over the last few days has led to the issuance of an “Institutional Orange Alert” by Guatemala’s National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED). This type of alert prompts coordination activities across all administrative levels to identify shelters, should evacuation of at-risk communities be required (ReliefWeb).
- A cold wave brought “extreme and exceptionally low temperatures,” as well as severe thunderstorms and significant snowfall to parts of Morocco, affecting an estimated 7,500 people across three regions (ReliefWeb/IFRC). According to reports, electricity and water supply was interrupted due to freezing temperatures, and economic losses are expected in some areas.
Current Hazard Warnings
Flood: England (Southern), Malaysia, Indonesia, Bolivia (Southern), Argentina, Haiti
Winter Storm: Canada (Southeastern, Quebec, Ontario), United States (Northeastern, Virginia)
Avalanche: United States (Washington)
High Surf: United States (Hawaii)
Extreme Temperature: Morocco
Drought: Eastern Caribbean, United States (Western), Southern Africa, Madagascar, Micronesia, Melanesia, Vietnam
Biomedical: West Africa
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