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Philippine volcano spews ash smoke into air

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Manila, June 18 : Mount Kanlaon in central Philippines erupted on Saturday, spewing columns of “white steam plumes” that rose up to 100 metres, authorities said.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said in a statement that Mount Kanlaon’s phreatic explosion occurred from 9.19 a.m. to 9.46 a.m., Xinhua news agency reported.

“Alert Level 1 status remains effect over Kanlaon Volcano, which means that it’s currently in a state of unrest probably driven by hypothermal processes that could generate more minor eruptions,” the institute said.

In the last 24 hours, the institute said it has recorded three volcanic earthquakes and observed “a weak emission of white steam plumes that rose up to 100 metres that drifted southwest and northwest.”

“Ground deformation measurements from continued GPS data as of June 2 indicated slight inflation of the Kanlaon edifice since December 2015,” the statement said.

The institute warned the people in the region not to enter the 4-km permanent danger zone, saying “sudden and hazardous steam-driven or minor ash eruptions” might occur.

It also advised pilots “to avoid flying close to the volcano summit as airborne ash from a sudden eruption can be hazardous to aircraft.”

“(The institute) is closely monitoring Kanlaon volcano’s activity and any new development will be relayed to all concerned,” the institute said.

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6.2-magnitude quake jolts Indonesia

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Jakarta, Jan 22: An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale rocked East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia on Tuesday, but was not potential for tsunami, the country’s meteorology and geophysics agency said.

There was no initial report of damage, the agency said.

The quake had epicentre at 103 km southwest of Sumba Barat district of the province and a depth of 10 km under sea bed, official in charge of meteorology and geophysics agency Aziz Sugiarso said.

“For this quake, there were no signs of tsunami to occur so that we did not issue a warning for that,” he told Xinhua.

“We have not got any damages or casualty triggered by the quake,” he said.

Nine minutes after the quake, an aftershock of 5.2-magnitude struck off the province, the official said.

Indonesia is prone to quake as it lies on a vulnerable quake-impacted zone so called “the Pacific Ring of Fire”.
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Earthquake of 6.0 magnitude hits Nicobar Islands region

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New Delhi, Jan 17: An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale struck the Andaman and Nicobar Islands region on Thursday.

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the quake struck at 8:23 am at a depth of 84 kilometres.

No loss of life or damage to property has been reported so far.

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Low intensity earthquake hits Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jan 11: A low-intensity earthquake measuring three on the Richter scale hit the Kashmir Valley on Friday, with no reports of casualties or damage.

The earthquake occurred at 8.21 a.m. at a depth of 10 km. The epicentre was in the Jammu and Kashmir region, an official of the disaster management department said.

“The coordinates of the tremor were latitude 34.1 degrees north and longitude 74.8 degrees east.”

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