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Spain - Volcanic eruption (ECHO 20 Sep 2021)
Pubdate: 9/20/2021 12:45:00 PM
  • The Cumbre Vieja volcano, located in southern La Palma Island (western Canary Islands), following several days of seismic activity, started erupting on 19 September at 14.15 UTC (15.15 local time). The eruption was characterized by lava fountains, lava flows and ash emissions from several eruptive vents on the western slope of Cumbre Vieja. Volcanic ash is falling in the vicinity of the volcano.
  • According to the Spanish National Centre for Emergencies, CENEM, at least 5,000 people have been evacuated (it is not unlikely that more evacuations may take place in the next hours or days, depending on the evolution of the event)  and some roads have been closed. People living in the area of Alcalá and El Paraíso have already been evacuated and the evacuation of El Paso, Los Llanos de Aridane and Tazacorte has begun, following the advance of the lava flow that has been reported across El Paso village.
  • The alert level of the volcano raised from Yellow to Red (on a four-level scale from Green to Red).
  • The Copernicus Emergency Mapping Service (EMSR546) was activated on 19 September.

(9/20/2021 10:47:04 AM - 9/21/2021 9:30:04 AM)
Italy - Severe weather (ECHO 20 Sep 2021)
Pubdate: 9/20/2021 12:45:00 PM
  • Heavy rainfall and strong winds have been affecting northern Italy (particularly Lombardy Lecco, Varese, Milano e Brescia, strong wind in Cremona, Lodi e Pavia and a storm event in Carpi /Emilia Romagna)  over the past 24 hours, causing a number of severe weather-related incidents that have resulted in damage.
  • On 20 September, 75 people have been evacuated in Varese in Hotel Capolago.
  • In Lombardy, media report, as of 20 September, a flooding in Milan Province, due to the rainfall several roads have been affected across Varese, Pavia and Lodi Provinces. In Emilia-Romagna, media report a number of damaged buildings, including a local airport. In addition, media also report some damaged roads across Ancona Province (Marche Region).
  • Over the next 24 hours, moderate rain is forecast over eastern Lombardy.

(9/20/2021 10:47:04 AM - 9/21/2021 9:30:04 AM)
Floods and flood warnings during the last 24 hours reported by national services (ECHO 20 Sep 2021)
Pubdate: 9/20/2021 12:45:00 PM
  • Iceland: threshold level 2/3 and 3/3 for several locations
  • Italy: threshold level 2/3 in the northern region

(9/20/2021 10:47:04 AM - 9/21/2021 9:30:04 AM)
USA - Wildfires (ECHO 20 Sep 2021)
Pubdate: 9/20/2021 12:45:00 PM
  • A number of wildfires continue to burn throughout western USA (in particular across California and Washington States), causing casualties and widespread damage.
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports three major active fires, of which two are located in California (Caldor Fire in El Dorado County, central California and Monument Fire in Trinity County, northern California) and one additional located in northern Washington (Schneider Springs Fire in Yakima County). These fires have burnt so far an area of more than 219,000 ha and they are currently not fully contained.
  • According to FEMA, as of 19 September, there are at least 39 injured people, over 8,600 people under a mandatory evacuation order, and nearly 1,100 destroyed and damaged buildings due to the three mentioned fires.
  • Over the next 24 hours, according to the JRC Global Wildfire Information System (GWIS), the fire danger forecast remains from high to extreme over most of California, and from low to high across northern Washington.

(9/20/2021 10:47:04 AM - 9/21/2021 9:30:04 AM)
Thailand - Floods and landslides (ECHO 20 Sep 2021)
Pubdate: 9/20/2021 12:45:00 PM
  • Heavy rain has been affecting 14 Provinces of Thailand, causing floods, triggering landslides and resulting in casualties. The affected Provinces are Chaiyaphum, Chanthaburi, Chiang Mai, Kamphaeng Phet, Lampang, Loei, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phetchabun, Phetchaburi, Phichit, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Sukhothai and Tak.
  • According to the ASEAN Disaster Information Network (ADINet), more than 78,000 people have been affected.
  • For the next 24 hours, moderate to heavy rain is expected over the country.

(9/20/2021 10:47:04 AM - 9/21/2021 9:30:04 AM)