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Tallest Galapagos Volcano Erupts, Spewing Lava, Ash

QUITO, Ecuador — The tallest mountain in the Galapagos islands was erupting on Friday, spewing lava down its flanks and clouds of ash over the Pacific Ocean, according to Ecuador’s Geophysical Institute.

A cloud of gas and ash from Wolf Volcano rose to 3,793 meters (12,444 feet) above sea level following the eruption that began shortly before midnight Wednesday local time, the Institute said.

Ecuador’s Emergency Operations Committee said the new eruption on Isabela Island, the largest in the Galapagos chain, didn’t represent a risk to humans or to native local species. Populated areas are located at the opposite side of the island.

Tallest Galapagos Volcano Erupts, Spewing Lava, Ash
This photo released by the the National Galapagos Park communications office shows lava spreading from the eruption of Wolf Volcano on Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. (Wilson Cabrera/National Galapagos Park communications office via AP)

But the Environment Ministry said eight people, including national park guards and scientists doing field work on pink iguanas living on the volcano’s slopes, were evacuated from the area.

The Galapagos Government Council said the emergency committee would continue monitoring the volcano to see in which direction the lava flows.

The 1,701-meter (5,580-foot) volcano is one of numerous active volcanos in the Galapagos, which are nearly 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) from mainland South America.

Images taken from afar and circulated by the government showed glowing lava piercing the pre-dawn darkness.

The volcano last erupted in 2015.

Tallest Galapagos Volcano Erupts, Spewing Lava, Ash
This photo released by the the National Galapagos Park communications office shows, from above, lava from the eruption of Wolf Volcano on Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. (Wilson Cabrera/National Galapagos Park communications office via AP)
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3.4 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts St. Thomas On Saturday; No Tsunami Effect: USGS

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — With the 3.4 magnitude earthquake that shook the northern U.S. Virgin Islands on Saturday, St. Thomas has now experienced two tremors in seven days.

Luckily, the latest jolt was too weak to create any damage nor initiate any kind of tsunami, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The earthquake struck on the ocean floor at 19.018°N 65.172°W at a depth of approximately 16.5 miles.,according to the USGS. The epicenter was north-northwest of Charlotte Amalie.

3.4 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts St. Thomas On Saturday; No Tsunami Effect: USGS

Saturday’s earthquake follows several that struck the region on Friday, with most anchored around the south shore of Puerto Rico. 

St. Thomas itself has had nine earthquakes in the last 30 days, the Geological Survey said.

These earthquakes are occurring near  the northern edge of the Caribbean Plate, a mostly oceanic tectonic plate underlying Central America and the Caribbean Sea off of the north coast of South America. 

The Caribbean Plate borders the North American Plate, the South American Plate, the Nazca Plate, and the Cocos Plate.

The borders of these plates are home to ongoing seismic activity, including frequent earthquakes, occasional tsunamis, and sometimes even volcanic eruptions.

While the La Soufriere volcano continues to erupt on the island of St. Vincent, that eruption is not directly tied to any seismic activity happening on the other side of the Caribbean Plate near Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Earthquakes Rattle St. John, Tortola, Puerto Rico And St. Kitts On Sunday: USGS

CRUZ BAY — Minor earthquakes rattled four islands in the Caribbean on Sunday evening, including St. John and Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, (USGS) and the UWI Seismic Unit.

The USGS reported that a 5.4 quake was recorded 47 miles east of Cruz Bay, St. John and 5.2 magnitude quake was reported 43 miles southeast of Road Town in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

The UWI Seismic Unit reported that a quake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale rattled Puerto Rico and St. Kitts & Nevis.

That quake occurred at 7:21 pm local time, 108 miles northweest of Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis and one struck 119 miles east of Fajardo, Puerto Rico and 130 miles east of Humacao, Puerto Rico.

No damage or injuries were reported.

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Magnitude 3.9 Earthquake Strikes Near Tortola In British Virgin Islands: USGS

ROAD TOWN, Tortola — A magnitude 3.9 earthquake was reported at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday, 31 miles north-northeast of the British Virgin Islands, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The BVI earthquake occurred 42 miles north-northeast of Cruz Bay, 47 miles northeast of Charlotte Amalie, 79 miles north-northeast of St. Croix and 81 miles northeast of Isabel Segunda, Vieques.

In the last 30 days, there have been 12 earthquakes recorded near Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, according to USGS.

The minor quake was centered at 18.8 degrees North latitude and 64.4 degrees West longitude, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 6.2 miles underground. Did you feel this earthquake? Consider reporting what you felt to the USGS.

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6.3 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Puerto Rico … No Reports Of Injuries: USGS

SAN JUAN — Tourists have told how they woke up late Monday night when their high-rise buildings started “moving from side to side strongly.”

“Doors, lamps, hanging plants all swinging rather hard,” one person tweeted.

The 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck north of Isabela in Puerto Rico on Monday, the United States Geological Survey said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the earthquake, which the USGS said hit at a depth of six miles (10 km) about 50 miles (80 km) from the northwestern coastal town of Isabela.

“An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 occurred 44 miles north of Puerto Rico at 11:24 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time,” the National Weather Service (NWS) tweeted. “No tsunami threat exists for Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.”

The spokeswoman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Kiara Hernández, told The Associated Press that there are no immediate reports of damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said that, depending on its location and strength, there is a low risk of damage or casualties.

Affected countries: Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States Virgin Islands, Netherlands Caribbean, San Bartolomé, Antigua and Barbuda and Anguilla.

No major damage is expected because it is very far from the population centers, but depending on the buildings, you could see some damage from things that fall off the shelves.

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4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off British Virgin Islands On Friday Morning

ROAD TOWN, Tortola — A 4.1 magnitude earthquake hit about 42 miles northeast of Anegada in the British Virgin Islands on Friday morning.

The earthquake, detected about 10:22 a.m. Friday, did not trigger a tsunami, however.

Besides the BVI, minor shaking was also felt in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The quake’s epicenter hit about 48 miles from Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas.

The tremor originated about 6.21 miles underground, according to Volcano Discovery.

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off British Virgin Islands On Friday Morning
Volcano Discovery said that the earthquake measured 4.2 on the Richter Scale.

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Magnitude 5.3 Earthquake Strikes Off Coast of Dominican Republic Today

SAN JUAN — A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck off the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic this morning, rattling nearby Puerto Rico but with no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit at 9:33 a.m. today and was centered 19 miles south-southeast of Boca de Yuma at a depth of 42 miles.

“Very strong in Santo Domingo, felt on the 10th floor of a residential complex,” they said. “Long and strong movement with small objects displaced.”

Another resident weighed in on Twitter.

“We definitely felt it here in Punta Cana,” they wrote. “No damage to speak of but strong enough to scare the cat.”

Officials with Puerto Rico’s Seismic Network say the quake was felt along the commonwealth’s western coast.

The USGS said the quake could also be felt in the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and Haiti as well.

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‘Light Magnitude’ Earthquake Strikes Off Coast of Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO — A “light magnitude” earthquake struck about 40 miles off the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic just after noon on Wednesday.

The quake registered 4.3 on the Richter Scale and occurred at a depth of about 7.45 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The USGS said the earthquake happened at 12:42 p.m. on Wednesday.

It put the quake’s epicenter at latitude 19.49 degrees North and longitude 68.06 West.

The Volcano Discovery website said the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico were affected by the earthquake.

The nearest volcano to the epicenter is on Saba about 332 miles from where the episode happened.

'Light Magnitude' Earthquake Strikes Off Coast of Dominican Republic
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Virgin Islands and 11 Other Caribbean Countries Felt 3.4 Magnitude Earthquake On Sunday Morning

ROAD TOWN, Tortola – The U.S. Virgin Islands and at least 11 other Caribbean countries were were unsettled by a magnitude 3.4 earthquake early on Sunday.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said that at 7:29 a.m. the tremor affected Anguilla, Antigua, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, St. Martin, Sint Maarten, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla and St. Barthelemy.

The USGS reports that the earthquake was located about 48 miles NNE of Road Town in the British Virgin Islands at a depth of 54 miles.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

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Indonesian Tsunami Leaves Nearly 400 Dead, Panic and Chaos In Its Wake

LABUAN, Indonesia — Indonesian fisherman Yadi was at his seaside home on the west coast of Java island when he felt a light breeze picking up on Saturday night as hundreds of people milled about in nearby restaurants, enjoying barbecued fish.

Then a surge of seawater swept up the beach, scattering the crowds, flattening buildings, and sending parked cars crunching into trees.

At least 373 people were killed in tsunami waves of up to 10 feet (three meters) that hit several towns along the rim of the Sunda Strait, between Java and Sumatra islands, triggered by a landslide on the Anak Krakatau volcano.

Indonesian Tsunami Leaves Nearly 400 Dead, Panic and Chaos In Its Wake

It is the latest in a string of natural disasters to strike the world’s fourth most populated country in 2018, making it the deadliest year in more than a decade for Indonesia.

“People said ‘run, run a wave is coming!’. There were three waves in a row,” said Yadi, a middle-aged fisherman who operates a fleet of six vessels that were among dozens that sank or were dragged out to sea by the waves.

“There was a real panic. Many people were left behind,” he said, adding that he and his family escaped by running to higher ground.

What’s left behind is a wasteland of collapsed houses and hotels and muddy roads strewn with twisted metal and wood.

It is the latest in a string of natural disasters to strike Indonesia in 2018, making it the deadliest year in more than a decade.

“People said ‘run, run a wave is coming!’. There were three waves in a row,” said Yadi, a middle-aged fisherman who operates a fleet of six vessels that were among dozens that sank or were dragged out to sea by the waves.

“There was a real panic. Many people were left behind,” he said, adding that he and his family escaped by running to higher ground.

What’s left behind is a wasteland of collapsed houses and hotels and muddy roads strewn with twisted metal and wood.

Cici Paramita, 27, was clambering through the shattered remains of her house, a tangle of water-logged debris, 50 meters from the beach.

“We lost all our belongings,” she said.

On Saturday night, she said she had to wade through waist-deep water to rescue her eight-year-old son who was trapped in debris.

Indonesian Tsunami Leaves Nearly 400 Dead, Panic and Chaos In Its Wake

An aerial photo shows damaged buildings in Carita, Indonesia on December 23, 2018.

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