Natural Disasters Monitoring - December 3, 2018

from Pan American Health Organization
Published on 03 Dec 2018 View Original

Severe Weather


On 27 November 2018, the Colombia National Disaster Risk Management Unit (UNGRD) reported heavy rain and landslides in Calarca Municipality, Quindío Department where an educational institution was affected and 6 people were missing. To date, 50 landslides occurred in the following Municipalities: Genova, Buenavista, Cordoba, Pijao, Salento, Calarca, and Circasia. Media reported four fatalities occurred due to landslides. The complete reports are available in Spanish at: UNGRD and El Comercio



On 3 December 2018, the Ecuador Institute of Geophysics reported that the Reventador volcano, located in the eastern Andes of Ecuador, registered ash fall reaching 900 meters above the crater toward the north-west direction. In addition, there were 45 explosions and 12 emission tremors. The complete report is available in Spanish at: IG Insitituto Geofisico


On 3 December 2018, the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (INSIVUMEH) reported that El Fuego Volcano generated 5-8 moderate explosions, with ash columns at 4,300 meters above sea level dispersing 20-25 kilometers towards the west and south-east. Ash falls were registered in the following Municipalities: Panimache I, Morelia, Santa Sofia, El Porvenir, Sangre de Cristo, Palo Verde, San Pedro Yepocapa, and nearby communities. The report is available in Spanish at: INSIVUMEH. In addition, a PAHO map of the affected areas is available at: Natural Hazards


On 3 December 2018, the Mexican National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) reported that the Popocatépetl volcano, located about 50 miles outside of Mexico City registered two volcanic earthquakes at 15:43h and at 17:45h (Central Daylight Time - CDT). Ash columns were dispersed in the east-northeast direction on the side of Puebla State. CENAPRED urges people not to get near the volcano, especially the crater, due to danger involving ballistic fragments or mudflow in case of heavy rain. The reports are available in Spanish at: CENAPRED and SkyAlert