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New Zealand and Pacific island countries – Earthquake (ECHO 05 Mar 2021)
Pubdate: 3/5/2021 2:06:00 PM
  • Two earthquakes of 7.4 M and 8.1 M at a depth of 56 km and 19 km occurred offshore in the South Pacific Ocean very close to the northern Kermadec Islands (New Zealand) on 4 March. The epicentre of the 8.1 M earthquake was located approximately 80 km south-east of Raoul Island (northernmost of Kermadec Islands).
  • A series of aftershocks of magnitude up to 6.2 M have been reported in the area.
  • According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) of New Zealand, a tsunami warning has been issued and tsunami waves have been recorded.  
  • The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) maintain a tsunami threat forecast and tsunami waves reaching 0.3 to 1 metre above the astronomical tide level. GDACS issued an orange alert, as close to the epicentre, waves up to 2.4 metres have been estimated.
  • New Zealand and Fiji lifted their tsunami warnings. In Samoa, all government agencies and businesses in town have been evacuated to higher grounds. In Vanuatu, Port Vila, damages to few boats along the coast, and injuried or missing people have been reported.

(3/5/2021 2:06:00 PM - 3/6/2021 9:30:00 AM)
New Caledonia - Tropical Cyclone NIRAN update (ECHO 05 Mar 2021)
Pubdate: 3/5/2021 2:06:00 PM
  • Tropical Cyclone NIRAN is moving south-est over the Coral Sea, towards New Caledonia. On 5 March at 0.00, its centre was located approximately 980 km north-west of the Belep Islands (New Caledonia), with maximum sustained wind of 204 km/h. 
  • NIRAN is expected to pass along the western coast of western New Caledonia on 6 March, with maximum sustained winds up to 200-210 km/h.
  • Heavy rain, strong wind and high waves could affect especially western New Caledonia from the late evening of 5 March. A Level 2 Cyclone Alert has been issued for the whole New Caledonia, starting the evening of 5 March. 

(3/5/2021 2:06:00 PM - 3/6/2021 9:30:00 AM)
Floods and flood warnings during the last 24 hours reported by national services (European Flood Awareness System - EFAS) (ECHO 05 Mar 2021)
Pubdate: 3/5/2021 2:06:00 PM
  • Poland: threshold level 2/2 for the Lubielske region.
  • Lithuania: threshold level 3/3 for one region in the west.
  • Ukraine: threshold level 3/3 for Rata river and 2/3 for Stokhid and Stir rivers.
  • United Kingdom: warning level 2/3 issued for River Burn in England.

(3/5/2021 2:06:00 PM - 3/6/2021 9:30:00 AM)
Guatemala - Volcanic eruption (ECHO 04 Mar 2021)
Pubdate: 3/4/2021 2:13:00 PM
  • The volcanic activity of Pacaya volcano, located 30 km south-west of Guatemala City, is increasing.
  • The ash column, generated by strong explosions, reached up to 5.5 km above the sea level. The dispersion of the ash moved mainly in the east direction, affecting the communities of San Francisco de Sales, El Cedro, Calderas, El Patrocinio, El Rodeo and Las Jazmines.
  • The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) recommends people living close to the volcano to follow the recommendations made by the authorities.

(3/4/2021 2:13:00 PM - 3/5/2021 9:30:00 AM)
Colombia - Landslide (ECHO 04 Mar 2021)
Pubdate: 3/4/2021 2:13:00 PM
  • On 2 March, a landslide event occurred in El Retiro Municipality (southern Antioquia Department, northern Colombia), killing one person and injuring six others, as reported by media. 
  • A red alert for landslide has been issued for southern Antioquia, in Tarso Municipality. On 4-5 March, moderate rainfall is forecast over southern Antioquia, including Retiro Municipality.

(3/4/2021 2:13:00 PM - 3/5/2021 9:30:00 AM)