Eruption in El Salvador and Winter Weather in the United States
Volcano Eruption in El Salvador
Over the weekend in El Salvador, San Miguel volcano erupted Sunday morning prompting an evacuation of over 3,000 people. San Miguel volcano, also known as Chaparrastique, last erupted in 2002 and remained restless from 2002 to 2006. The current eruption released large amounts of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere, emissions steadily increased each day with 637 tons on December 29, 1,244 tons on December 30, and 2,200 tons on December 31. An ash plume rose 9.7 kilometers into the air, drifting east-northeast at high altitudes and west at lower altitudes. (GVP, ReliefWeb) People were advised to remain in evacuation centers to avoid overexposure to sulfur dioxide and ash, however, many chose to return to their homes. (ReliefWeb)
Take a look at the image below to learn more about available volcano information. The ?Volcano Density? layer depicts the density of volcano eruptions for the last 10,000 years, for example, El Salvador has densities ranging from Low to Medium. To show the locations of all volcanoes, turn on the ?Volcano Locations? layer. ?Indicated by orange triangles, El Salvador is home to 21 different volcanoes. You can also turn on the ?Active Volcanoes? layer to determine which volcanoes are currently active?this information is updated weekly. Currently in El Salvador, both the San Miguel and San Vicente volcanoes are active, as noted in bright green below.
Winter Weather in the Northeast United States
PDC is currently monitoring a winter storm in the northeastern United States. Most of the Northeast is forecast to receive four to 15 inches of snow, with parts of upstate New York and southern New England expected to accumulate over 10 inches of snow. Massachusetts also has a coastal flooding and storm-surge warning. ?Over 1,000 airline flights have already been canceled. (FEMA)
Current Hazard Warnings
Take a look below to see hazard warnings that PDC is currently monitoring.
Drought: United States
Earthquakes: Vanuatu (6.6)
Flood: France (Finistere), Indonesia (Sumatra), United Kingdom, Western Australia (De Grey)
Severe Weather: Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia), Malaysia (Eastern, Peninsular), United States (Northeast)
Tropical Storm: Bejisa (Indian Ocean)
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