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Threat of powerful eruption at Kuchinoerabu volcano prompts evacuations, Japan
The Japan Meteorological Agency raised the alert level for the Kuchinoerabu volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture from 2 to second highest level of 4 at 01:30 UTC (10:30 JST) on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. This volcano is located on the Kuchinoerabu Island in southwestern Japan, some 1 000 km (620 miles) SW of Tokyo. Its last eruption took place in 2015. The decision to raise the alert was made due to 26 volcanic earthquakes detected within just a few hours. The largest was M1.9 at a depth of 5 km (3.1 miles) in almost the same location as a similar pre-eruption quake that struck 3 years ago. JMA warned that eruption could be powerful enough to cause serious damage to the island's residential area. Level 4 alert means that elderly and disabled people should be evacuated and everyone else should prepare to evacuate. This is the first such warning for this volcano since May 2015 when a powerful eruption forced …

Major flooding after rivers overflow in Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Major flooding after rivers overflow in Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Several days of heavy rain caused several major rivers, including Enza and Parma, to burst its banks on December 12, 2017, producing widespread flooding in Emilia-Romagna region of northeastern Italy.
A critical situation is underway in Emilia-Romagna today, after several days of heavy rain caused major flooding and forced authorities to issue evacuation orders for more than 1 000 people early Monday morning. Several people who were trapped were rescued, local media reports.
All the main rivers of the Parmenese, Enza, Taro, and Parma, have exceeded level 3, the maximum. In addition, strong winds downed numerous trees and caused heavy infrastructural damage.
The Municipality of Modena is urging all residents to pay the utmost attention and to follow instructions from authorities. In particular, residents are asked not to drive unless absolutely necessary, be extra careful when traveling over bridges, underpasses, under embankments and not to use basements and underground shelters. 
Severe weather across the region has also heavily affected Liguria, southern Piedmont, and Tuscany.
Although the worst of the weather seems to be over, for now, bad weather affecting the region is expected to continue for at least the next 36 hours. Very high rainfall is expected today in the SW Emilia-Romagna with values above 70 mm (2.7 inches) and up to 200 mm (7.9 inches) in 24 hours.
The GFS model suggests heavy rain will move into NW Croatia, S Bosnia and Herzegovina, S Montenegro and NW Albania over the next couple of days.
Featured image: Enzo river flooding, Emilia-Romagna, Italy on December 12, 2017. Credit: Vigili del Fuoco

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