MANILA July 17th: Three people died and six others are believed to have also been killed when part of a coal mine collapsed on a remote central Philippine island, nine workers were using heavy machinery to remove seawater from the open-pit mine when a wall collapsed and buried the miners.
Mining operations were suspended following the incident and investigation has been launched. Five people were killed during a similar episode at the same mine in 2013. The open-pit mine is on an island around four hours by boat from the central island of Antique, a fishing province in the Visayas islands, and one hour by plane from the capital Manila.
SOLOMOND ISLANDS July 18th: An undersea earthquake measuring 6.9 magnitude struck near the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific on Saturday, prompting a short-lived tsunami warning for the area.
The quake, initially recorded at 7.5 but later downgraded, struck at a depth of 33 km
(20 miles) near the Solomon’s Santa Cruz Islands, said the U.S. Geological Survey. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii issued a warning, saying “hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within 300 km (186 miles) of the epicentre along the coasts of the Solomon Islands”.
But 30 minutes later, the Center said there was no longer a tsunami threat, but that small sea level fluctuations above and below the normal tide may continue for a few hours.
MANILA July 19th: Four people were killed and thousands forced to flee their homes as floods inundated large parts of the northern Philippines, the government said on Sunday.
At least four people died as a result of the rains, including a six-month old boy who was buried by a landslide in the northern province of Pangasinan.
Social welfare and relief agencies are delivering aid to affected areas while the public works department is preparing to repair damaged infrastructure, said President Benigno Aquino’s spokesman Herminio Coloma.
Although no storm is forecast to hit, the government weather station warned that
“monsoon rains which may trigger flash floods and landslides will be experienced,” over large areas of the northern Philippines on Sunday.
The disaster-plagued Philippines is hit by about 20 typhoons and storms each year, many of them deadly.
SURABAYA, Indonesia July 17th: Thousands of Indonesians were spending a miserable Eid on Friday after failing to make it home to see their families as erupting volcanoes closed six airports, including in the country’s second-biggest city.
The international airport serving Surabaya, the largest city after the capital Jakarta, and a smaller one in East Java reopened on Friday, the transport ministry said, with some airlines resuming flights in the afternoon. But there were significant delays, with dozens of flights put back hours.
The main eruption was Mount Raung on the main island of Java. The airport on the remote, eastern island of Ternate was shut due to ash drifting from erupting Mount Gamalama.
The shutdowns came just days after the airport on the resort island of Bali was closed by ash from Mount Raung, stranding thousands of foreign holidaymakers. Bali airport was open and operating normally Thursday.
Air traffic is regularly disrupted by volcanic eruptions in Indonesia, which is home to 130 active volcanoes.
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