By Steve Newman - November 20, 1998 - Click on any icon
Vulcanologists recorded thousands of small tremors at the 13,000-foot mountain, located 280 miles west of Mexico City in the state of Colima. A plume of smoke soared high over the volcano on Wednesday as local police officers evacuated nearly 250 people from surrounding villages. Nearly 300,000 people live within 25 miles of the Volcan de Fuego. It is considered Mexicos most active and dangerous volcano.
Seventeen people were killed when tropical storm Chip roared ashore along the southeast coast of Vietnam. The storm also caused widespread flooding and wind damage. Additional damage was expected late in the week across the same area from tropical storm Dawn, which was taking a similar path across the country.
Chinese authorities were trying to contain a six-mile-long oil slick near the delta following a collision on Nov. 13 between two tankers. The survival of the endangered dolphins was already threatened by increased pollution in the waters around the former British colony.
Temperatures in Moscow plummeted to as low as minus 2 degrees Fahrenheit as the first winterlike storm of the season arrived earlier than usual. Russian meteorologists say that the extreme temperatures were some of the lowest for mid-November in more than 20 years.
The bees suddenly and viciously attacked the victims as they were searching for food for their livestock near the village of Tikhsile, located 25 miles west of the capital Mogadishu.
The South African Press Association reported that 15 people were hospitalized with injuries received during the twister. Disaster officials estimate damage along the tornados path at $200,000 and did not expect to have electricity restored to the affected area for a week.
A subsequent temblor damaged buildings in six villages of Kerman province.
Earth movements were also felt in Taiwan, western Japan, Iceland and parts of Southern California.
Residents in the northeastern Thailand village of Ban Ma have appealed to local authorities to resume feeding 1,000 wild monkeys to get the hungry animals off their backs. The primates have been made even more aggressive in Ban Ma, 350 miles northeast of Bangkok, because of the worsening drought conditions that are plaguing Sisaket province. The animals were previously given four sacks of rice per month to stop them from pestering the village. Recent budget cuts during the countrys deep recession have put an end to these hand-outs.
Additional Sources: Japan Meteorological Agency, U.S. Climate Analysis Center, U.S. Earthquake Information Center and the World Meteorological Organization.
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