Hazard Highlights

December 17, 2015
  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    15 minutes ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Klyuchevskoy, Russia

    7 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Harlan, KY Region, United States

    22 minutes ago WARNING

  • Flood - Victoria, TX Region, United States

    22 minutes ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central, United States

    14 minutes ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 10km SW of Kakching, India

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - SE of Champoton, Campeche - Mexico

    18 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Ciudad Altamirano, Guerrero - Mexico

    18 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    41 minutes ago WARNING

  • Tornado - Kansas City, MO WFO Region, US

    43 minutes ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern, United States

    52 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    51 minutes ago WARNING

  • Flood - Pecan Acres, TX Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Flood - Greenville, TX Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Flood - Osceola, AR Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Flood - Spencer, IA Region, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Huron, SD Region, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Asosan, Japan

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - NE of Pine Creek, Northern Territory - Australia

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Flood - Caruthersville, MO Region, United States

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Baton Rouge, LA Region, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mineola, TX Region, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - St. Louis, MO--IL Region, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Louisiana, MO Region, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Camden, AR Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Terre Haute, IN Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Round Lake Beach--McHenry--Grayslake, IL--WI Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Columbia, SC Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southeastern, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Tonganoxie, KS Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Grand Rapids, MI Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Defiance, OH Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ligonier, IN Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - South Bend, IN--MI Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Three Rivers, MI Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Trinity, TX Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - South Lyon--Howell, MI Region, United States

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Karymsky, Russia

    8 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 29km WNW of Foxton, New Zealand

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Ebeko, Russia

    19 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 205km NNE of Ile Hunter, New Caledonia

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 205km NW of Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    21 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 125km SW of Mapastepec, Mexico

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.9 - Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - Mid-Indian Ridge

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    2 days ago ADVISORY

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latin America/Caribbean

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Rincon de la Vieja, Costa Rica

    2 days ago WATCH

  • Storms - Thailand

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Pakistan

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - India

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Western Australia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Brazil

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Uganda

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Somalia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - DR Congo

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Guatemala

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Mexico

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Mexico

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Brazil

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Vietnam

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - West Java, Indonesia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Yellow Fever - Nigeria

    5 months ago ADVISORY

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

    11 months ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Etna, Italy

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Kenya

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Ethiopia

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern Africa

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern Madagascar

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Yemen

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Marshall Islands

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Mariana Islands

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Micronesia

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Measles Outbreak - Democratic Republic of the Congo

    4 months ago INFORMATION

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Hazard Highlights
December 17, 2015

Typhoon Melor Impacts the Philippines, New Tropical Depression Forms

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PDC Global Hazards Atlas, centered on the Philippines, displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards, Tropical Cyclone Segments and Positions, and Estimated Rainfall (TAOS Model) layers.

Upon forming in the northwestern Pacific Ocean early December 11 (local time), Tropical Cyclone Melor quickly intensified, reaching typhoon strength before making landfall in the Northern Samar province of the Philippines on December 14 (JTWC, ECHO). By December 17, Melor had exited into the South China Sea and weakened to a tropical depression (JTWC/NASA).

As Typhoon Melor (known locally as Nona) tracked through the Luzon and Visayas regions, it made landfall five times from December 14 to 15 (ReliefWeb/NDRRMC SitRep No. 9). According to reports, the provincial government of Northern Samar declared a “state of calamity” due to “massive destruction” to agriculture and infrastructure caused by Typhoon Melor (ReliefWeb/Government of the Philippines). As of December 17, an estimated 75,500 people remain displaced by Melor, with 61,000 in evacuation centers (UN OCHA).

On December 16, Tropical Depression 29W (known locally as Onyok) moved into the Philippine Area of Responsibility, and has tracked westward toward the nation’s southern island of Mindanao. Though it is forecast to be short-lived, the tropical depression is expected to bring moderate to heavy rainfall and gusty winds as it passes through parts of northern Mindanao (NDRRMC SitRep No. 1, JTWC). As of December 17 (2100 UTC), 29W is located approximately 500 nautical miles east of Zamboanga, Philippines (JTWC Warning #5).

RVA Country Profile: The Philippines

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This Week in Hazards

  • While a slight decrease in rainfall was observed over the past week in parts of Eastern Africa, southern Kenya and Tanzania continued to receive above-average rainfall over some areas. Over the past 30 days, heavy rainfall in the region has persisted, and the trend is expected to continue over the next week, increasing the potential for river overflows and localized flooding (CPC). Reports indicate that increased rainfall in Kenya is exacerbating a cholera outbreak in the country’s largest refugee camp in Dadaab—as of December 17, more than 540 people in the camp have been affected by the water-borne disease (Reuters, MSF).
  • Ongoing heavy rainfall over the last two weeks led to flooding and landslides across at least seven districts of Aceh, Indonesia (ECHO, BNPB). As of December 15, the local disaster management agency (BPBD) reports that the Aceh Barat District has been the most affected, with floods inundating 112 villages. According to an alert by the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre), thousands of houses and hundreds of hectares of agriculture land have been significantly damaged by the widespread flooding (AHA Centre Flash Alert).

Current Hazard Warnings

Flood: Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina, India, Sri Lanka, Scotland, England, United States (Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Oregon, Midwest), Madagascar, Tanzania, Kenya, Indonesia

Winter Storm: United States (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Washington, Oregon, Idaho)

Drought: Puerto Rico, Pacific Islands

Biomedical: West Africa

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