Volcanic Eruption in Chile; Severe Weather Impacting Europe
Thousands Forced to Evacuate as Villarrica Erupts
Activity at Chile’s Villarrica volcano peaked early Tuesday morning (0300 local time) with an intense (yet brief) eruption that produced a 1.5-kilometer-tall lava fountain and an eruptive plume which rose 6-8 kilometers above the crater (ECHO, SI). The eruption prompted the evacuation of approximately 3,600 people, though reports indicate that most have returned home (ReliefWeb, ONEMI). Villarrica volcano is one of Chile’s most active, and the eruption on Tuesday was its first major eruption since 1984/85 (SERNAGEOMIN).
Heavy Rain and Flooding Continue to Affect Southern Europe
Severe weather conditions are affecting several European countries. Heavy rains and high winds are impacting much of the southeast region of the continent, and high discharges/flooding has been reported as rivers rise in Spain, Croatia, and France (ECHO, MeteoAlarm). The image above depicts moderate to heavy rainfall concentrated in southern Europe over the last three days.
Current Hazard Warnings
Drought: Namibia, United States (Western), Brazil (Eastern), Madagascar (Southern)
Avalanche: United States (Colorado)
Biomedical: West Africa
Severe Weather: United States (Alaska, Southern, Eastern), Europe (Southern), Canada (Quebec, Ontario, Nunavut), Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (Northern)
Flood: Argentina, Brazil (Western), France (Southwest), Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (Northern), Madagascar, Mozambique, Malawi (Southern), Australia (New South Wales, Western), Bolivia
Volcano: Chile, United States (Hawaii)
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