Wildfires

Wildfires – Iran

Fire incidents in natural sites under the control of the Department of Environment have increased by 20% since the beginning of the current Iranian year (March 21, 2017) compared with the same period of last year. Some 3,300 hectares of land in DOE protected areas (national parks, natural monuments, wildlife sanctuaries and protected areas), including woodlands, ranges and wetlands, have been ravaged by wildfires during the period.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.5 Earthquake hits Guam.

5.2 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the coast of Central America.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern Iran.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Iran

While winter is not normally thought of as wildfire season, a number of small wildfires have swept across several locations in its first week. At least three incidents have been reported this week following the huge blaze in the drought-stricken Meiqan Wetland located in Markazi Province on Dec. 22, which was linked to human activity. On Sunday, fire broke out in Abr Forest in Shahroud, Semnan Province and Bandar-e Gaz in Golestan Province saw flames erupted in the county’s woodlands in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Wildfires – California

On Christmas Doay 1,500 firefighters and crew members worked around the clock to douse hot spots, maintain containment lines and mop up parts of the more than 280,000 acres charred by the massive Thomas Fire. Since it ignited Dec. 4, the fire has destroyed more than a thousand structures, spread from Santa Paula to Ventura and wrapped around Ojai before pushing toward Santa Barbara and inland forests. The fire is mostly contained now and is not expected to grow further.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 Earthquake hits eastern Iran.

6.1 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.4 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.3 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.2 Earthquake hits the southeast Indian ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits eastern Iran.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern Iran.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Auckland Islands, New Zealand.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Lac Kivu region, Congo.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits the Samoa Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Nias region, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Iran-Iraq border.

5.1 Earthquake hits the western Indian-Antarctic ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits off the coast of Chiapas, Mexico.

5.0 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

Iran – Update

The powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake near the Iraq-Iran border has authorities now saying the quake killed 407 people in the country and injured 6,700.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.2 Earthquake hits the Iran-Iraq Border.

At least 332 people were killed in Iran and Iraq when a magnitude 7.3 earthquake jolted the region on Sunday, state media in the two countries said, and rescuers were searching for dozens trapped under rubble in the mountainous area. The earthquake was felt as far away as Turkey, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates

State television said more than 328 people were killed in Iran and at least 2 500 were injured. Local officials said the death toll would rise as search and rescue teams reached remote areas of Iran.

The earthquake was felt in several western provinces of Iran but the hardest hit province was Kermanshah, which announced three days of mourning. More than 236 of the victims were in Sarpol-e Zahab county in Kermanshah province, about 15 km (10 miles) from the Iraq border.

Iranian state television said the quake had caused heavy damage in some villages where houses were made of earthen bricks. Rescuers were laboring to find survivors trapped under collapsed buildings.

The quake also triggered landslides that hindered rescue efforts, officials told state television. At least 14 provinces in Iran had been affected, Iranian media reported.

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6.7 Earthquake hits Costa Rica.

Three people suffered fatal heart attacks that coincided with the time of the earthquake. At least one building in Jacó had been evacuated due to apparent damage and there were reports of walls collapsing and objects falling in other parts of the country, but there were no reports of any further injuries.

5.9 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the north coast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.1 Earthquake hits Puebla, Mexico.

Quake damage

At least 248 people were killed when a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, including 21 children crushed beneath an elementary school that was reduced to rubble. In addition to Mexico City, people were also killed in Puebla, Morelos, Mexico state and Guerrero. Well after nightfall, rescue crews and volunteers in Mexico City – home to 20 million people – were still clawing through the rubble of dozens of collapsed buildings looking for survivors and bodies. Rescue workers reported that families were getting WhatsApp messages pleading for help from desperate relatives trapped under debris.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Auckland Islands, New Zealand.

5.4 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.3 Earthquake hits southern Peru.

5.2 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Cook Strait, New Zealand.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern Iran.