Costa Rica – Earthquake (GDACS, USGS, Local Media)
- A 6.5M earthquake at a depth of 20km hit near the town of Hojancha, province of Guanacaste, NW Costa Rica at 00:45 UTC on 24 October. USGS PAGER indicates “Very strong” shaking for 66,000 people; 47,000 people live within 20km of the epicentre. According to local media, no damage or casualties have been reported. This earthquake hit the same general area as the powerful 7.6M earthquake of September 5, 2012.
Tropical Cyclone SANDY-12 in the Caribbean (ECHO, GDACS, NOAA, ODPEM)
- SANDY-12 is approaching Jamaica. At 03:00 UTC, on 24 October, it was a Tropical Storm with a max. sust. wind speed of 93 km/h and its centre was located ca. 300km SSW of Kingston town, heading NNE towards the island.
- According to the 03:00 UTC data, the centre of SANDY could make landfall in Jamaica in the afternoon/evening of 24 october, possibly strengthened to a Hurricane Category 1.
- A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Jamaica, as strong winds and heavy rainfall (total accumulation of 150 to 300mm, locally possibly up to 500mm) are expected to affect the island.
- ODPEM has issued a Mandatory Evacuation Order for coastal and low lying areas and a number of shelters are activated to protect against flooding and storm surge. So far 60 communities have been mobilized.
- After crossing Jamaica, SANDY is forecast to move toward eastern Cuba, possibly as a Hurricane Category 1 and approach its southern coasts early on 25 October, affecting this part of the island with strong winds and heavy rainfall. It is forecast to cross the island, emerge over water later on 25 October and continue moving N in the direction of the Bahamas.
- A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the eastern provinces of Cuba, and a Tropical Storm Warning for Haiti and the central Bahamas. SANDY is expected to affect parts of these regions with heavy rainfall (total accumulation of 150 to 300mm, locally possibly up to 500mm).
Tropical Cyclone SON-TINH in the Philippines (GDACS, PAGASA)
- SON-TINH (called OFEL in the Philippines) is about to cross the central Philippines. On 24 October at 00:00 UTC it was a Tropical Storm with a max. sust. wind speed of 64 km/h and its centre was located a few km off the NE coasts of Mindanao, heading NW.
- A Public Storm Warning Signal 2 (60-100 km/h winds) is in effect for NE Mindanao and eastern Visayas, and 1 (30-60 km/h winds) for the rest of the Visayas and N Mindanao. Moderate to intense rainfall (5 – 20mm per hour) is also expected to affect these areas.
- After crossing the Philippines, SON-TINH is forecast to emerge in the South China Sea in the afternoon of 25 October and possibly head NW in the general direction of S China and Vietnam, still strengthening slightly.
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