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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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Quake of 4.7 magnitude hits Meghalaya

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Shillong, Dec 11 : A moderate intensity quake measuring 4.7 on the Richter Scale today shook Meghalaya but there was no report of any casualty.

Officials at the Regional Seismological Centre here said the epicentre was at a depth of 60 km in remote East Garo Hills district.

The quake, that lasted for a few seconds, occurred at around 9.05 am.

Meghalaya and the seven other north eastern states fall in Zone 5 of the country’s earthquake zoning map.

According to the zoning map, Zone 5 is associated with the highest level of seismicity.

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Earthquake hits Uttarakhand, tremors felt in Delhi-NCR

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NEW DELHI: A magnitude 5.5 earthquake jolted people in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Wednesday night.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said the moderate intensity quake originated in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district at a depth of 30 kilometres.

Earlier, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said the epicenter of the quake was located 121 km east of Dehradun in Uttarakhand.

Tremors were also felt in different parts of the country.

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Quake jolts area near North Korea n-test site

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Pyongyang, Dec 2 : An earthquake measuring 2.5 on the Richter scale on Saturday rocked North Korea’s Kilju county, close to the site where Pyongyang recently conducted a nuclear test.

The tremor occurred at 7.45 a.m., with an epicentre 2.7 km away from the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site located in North Hamgyong province, reports Efe news.

The Seoul-based Korea Meteorological Administration said the quake was natural in origin, however, since the latest North Korean nuclear test on September 3, several tremors measuring up to 3.0 on the Richter scale have shaken the area.

Since 2006, North Korea has carried out six nuclear tests at the site, with the last three taking place in 2016 and 2017.

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