Hazard Highlights

November 12, 2015
  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangeang Api, Indonesia

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    4 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    3 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    3 hours ago WATCH

  • Wildfires - Queensland, Australia

    51 minutes ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - N of Ravensthorpe, Western Australia - Australia

    27 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - N of Ravensthorpe, Western Australia - Australia

    27 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NE of Esperance, Western Australia - Australia

    27 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Grafton, New South Wales - Australia

    27 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Katoomba, New South Wales - Australia

    27 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NW of Batemans Bay, New South Wales - Australia

    28 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Asosan, Japan

    39 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - SW of Birao, Vakaga - Central African Republic

    42 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NW of Malakal, Upper Nile - South Sudan

    43 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Juan Jose Castelli, Chaco - Argentina

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Chos Malal, Neuquén - Argentina

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Western, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Tropical Cyclone - Pawan

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Tropical Cyclone - Ambali

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Flood - Nebraska City, NE Region, United States

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SW of Diapaga, Tapoa - Burkina Faso

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Flood - Carmi, IL Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Central City--Greenville, KY Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Highsurf - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Tropical Cyclone - Belna

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - New South Wales, Australia

    9 hours ago WATCH

  • Floods - Eastern Brazil

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Cibitoke Province, Burundi

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern Angola

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Eastern Wyoming, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Sierra Nevada, California, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Little Yoho National Park, Canada

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Southern Germany

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Southeastern Germany

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Southern Argentina

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Uganda

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Djibouti City, Djibouti

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Bududa, Uganda

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Sironko, Uganda

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Cunene Province, Angola

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.0 - 164km WNW of Hihifo, Tonga

    17 hours ago WATCH

  • Drought - Eastern South Korea

    9 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Storms - Southeastern New Zealand

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Central New Zealand

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - England, United Kingdom

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Park, Canada

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Gunnison and Aspen, Colorado, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Northern Utah, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Western Wyoming, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Southeastern Idaho, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Glacier National Park, Canada

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Valparaiso Municipality, Chile

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Bolivia

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Western Peru

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flooding - Northern Philippines

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - South India

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.7 - 173km NW of Hihifo, Tonga

    14 hours ago WATCH

  • Winter Storm - Alaska, United States

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mitchell, SD Region, United States

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 138km ENE of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Nishinoshima, Japan

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 128km SSE of Pondaguitan, Philippines

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 6.0 - 63km NNE of Isangel, Vanuatu

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Drought - Southeastern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern Alaska, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

    1 day ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Eastern New Mexico

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Floods - Western and Northern DR Congo

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Peru

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Somalia and Kenya

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Central Asia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Dengue Fever Outbreak - Pakistan

    2 weeks ago ADVISORY

  • Dengue Outbreak - Philippines

    3 months ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Etna, Italy

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo/Uganda

    5 months ago WARNING

  • Dengue Fever Outbreak - Republic of the Sudan

    1 week ago ADVISORY

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Hazard Highlights
November 12, 2015

Millions in the Pacific Affected by Strong El Niño 

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PDC Global Hazards Atlas, centered on Pacific islands, displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and accumulated rainfall over the last seven days.

The 2015/2016 El Niño is expected to strengthen further before the end of the year, becoming one of the “strongest El Niño events in the past twenty years” (WMO). What this means for as many as 4.7 million people in 11 Pacific countries is that persistent drought conditions will continue to increase the risk of water shortages, food insecurity, and disease (ReliefWeb/UN OCHA).

Drought conditions continue to impact Papua New Guinea, where (as of November 9) an estimated 2.4 million people have been affected (ReliefWeb/UN OCHA). According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, frost and drought have impacted economic and agricultural activities, as well as access to education and health services. As of the end of October, the National Disaster Centre reported concern over the drop in water levels at the Yonki dam, which generates electricity for seven provinces: Eastern Highlands, Enga, Chimbu, Southern Highlands, Western Highlands, Madang, and Morobe (NDC Situation Report #8).

In Vanuatu, an estimated 90,000 people in areas still recovering from impact by Tropical Cyclone Pam are expected to receive food distributions; while in Tonga, it is expected that 80% of locally-grown taro will be damaged by this year’s El Niño (ReliefWeb/UN OCHA).

RVA Country Profile: Papua New Guinea

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This Week in Hazards

  • According to reports, ongoing wildfire activity (since June) has burned through 2.1 million hectares of land in Indonesia, and resultant smoke and haze has affected more than 43 million people (ReliefWeb/UN OCHA). Rainfall earlier this month has helped improve air quality and decrease the number of fires, but the potential for wildfires remains—below-normal rainfall is forecast over the next three months (ECHO, BNPB).
  • Heavy rainfall led to flooding, landslides, and river overflows, which have been affecting western Colombia over the last week. (ECHO Daily Flash 10 November 2015). As of November 10, flooding has been reported in 10 departments, mostly in Cauca, Cordoba, Bolivar, Caldas, and Norte de Santander. Over 7,000 people have been affected in the Cauca towns of Timbiqui and Guapi since November 4.

Current Hazard Warnings

Flood: United States (Texas, South Carolina, Florida), Kenya, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, England, Scotland, India, Colombia

Winter Storm: Canada (Nunavut)

Drought: Puerto Rico, United States (Western), Indonesia, Pacific Islands

Earthquake: Chile

Biomedical: West Africa

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