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Friday, December 12, 2014

December 12, 2014

What happened this week?

Panama: Earthquake.  Earthquake 6.5 magnitude and 32 kms depth was registered in the south of Pavones in the pacific between Costa Rica and Panama. No victims or considerable damages were reported. Preventive evacuation of The Regional Hospital of David. Several aftershocks were registered with no consequences... Read More

Guatemala: Earthquake. Earthquake 5.6 magnitude. On December 7, 2014 INSIVUMEH reported that from 06:11 to 16:27 hours, fourteen telluric movements were perceived with an intensity between 3.8 to 5.6 degrees in the Richter Scale. The strongest were registered at 06:11 and 15:16 hours, both of 5.6 degrees of intensity. Local media reports one dead and some minor damages... Read More

Costa Rica: Turrialba Volcano. A new eruption at 09:30 pm on Monday. There are reports of ashfall in Desamparados, Alajuelita, San Jose centro, Zapote and Tres Ríos. Also, people in these communities reported a stronfg sulfur smell. Authorities are on alert in the event of ash level rise... Read More

Peru: Floods. Floods from December 7 Mojon, Amazonas department has a total of 93 people and 22 homes affected... Read More

Powerful 6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Argentina. The quake was very deep, at over 100 miles below the surface and struck in a remote mountainous region near the borders with Chile and Bolivia... Read More

Interesting Facts

U.S. tornado numbers among lowest in recorded history in 2014. At least 400 fewer tornadoes than average have touched down in the U.S. this year, making it one of the quietest years on record for twisters, according to the National Weather Service (NWS)... Read More

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Central America: Drought: About two and a half million people in Central America are being affected by drought. Food security conditions might be worsening in the coming months once food stocks have exhausted. The UN system has mobilized financial resources and coordinates, together with the countries plans for emergency response... Read More

Pushing for Gender Equity at COP20: A group of activists tracking the inclusion of gender in the U.N. climate negotiations at Lima’s COP20... Read More 

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