Hazard Highlights

December 17, 2015
  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    16 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    50 minutes ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Asosan, Japan

    44 minutes ago ADVISORY

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

    55 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Diapaga, Tapoa - Burkina Faso

    55 minutes ago INFORMATION

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

    55 minutes ago INFORMATION

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

    59 minutes ago INFORMATION

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

    59 minutes ago INFORMATION

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

    59 minutes ago INFORMATION

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

    1 hour ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - SW of Chos Malal, Neuquén - Argentina

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Tropical Cyclone - Belna

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    1 hour ago ADVISORY

  • Winter Storm - Western, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Tropical Depression - Kammuri

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Tropical Cyclone - Ambali

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Tropical Cyclone - Pawan

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfires - El Quisco, Chile

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Central New Zealand

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southeastern New Zealand

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Flooding - Northern Philippines

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Northern and Central South Korea

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Eastern South Korea

    4 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Storms - Sri Lanka

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Scotland, United Kingdom

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Northeastern France

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southeastern Italy

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Northern Germany

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - 6km ESE of San Clemente, Peru

    21 hours ago ADVISORY

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

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Glacier National Park, Canada

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern Alaska, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

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

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Gunnison and Aspen, Colorado, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Eastern New Mexico

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Floods - Northern South Africa

    6 hours ago WATCH

  • Floods - Western and Northern DR Congo

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Bududa, Uganda

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - NE of Esperance, Western Australia - Australia

    6 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 171km E of Kurilsk, Russia

    22 hours ago WATCH

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

    12 hours ago WATCH

  • Highwind - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    11 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 100km W of Kuqa, China

    21 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Nebraska City, NE Region, United States

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - St. Joseph, MO--KS Region, United States

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Richmond, MO Region, United States

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 93km ESE of Shikotan, Russia

    22 hours ago ADVISORY

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

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Charleston, MO Region, United States

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Carmi, IL Region, United States

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangeang Api, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Sironko, Uganda

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Cunene Province, Angola

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Northwest Territories, Canada

    1 day ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Madiera, Portugal

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Western Peru

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Peru

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Bolivia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Argentina

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northwestern Argentina

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Somalia and Kenya

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Djibouti City, Djibouti

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Uganda

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northwestern Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - England, United Kingdom

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - South India

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Argentina

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Central Asia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Dengue Fever Outbreak - Pakistan

    2 weeks ago ADVISORY

  • Dengue Outbreak - Philippines

    3 months ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 70km S of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    2 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Etna, Italy

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Ibu, Indonesia

    2 days ago WATCH

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

    5 months ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Western Wyoming, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Southeastern Idaho, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Northern Utah, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Dengue Fever Outbreak - Republic of the Sudan

    1 week ago ADVISORY

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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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