Colombian President Receives Nobel Peace Prize
For his efforts to end the 50 year civil war with FARC rebels, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos received the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.
The announcement of Santos receiving the award came only five days after Colombian citizens narrowly voted against a peace deal with the FARC rebels by a margin of 50.22 percent to 49.78 percent.
According to CNN, the voting committee awarded Santos with the esteemed prize for “his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end, a war that has cost the lives of at least 220,000 Colombians and dis- placed close to six million people.”
Much of Santos’ four year administration has been spent negotiating with the rebel group. However many Colombians decried the proposed peace deal as they felt it did not do enough to punish the FARC rebel forces.
The conflict between the Colombian government still remains in a ceasefire, however Santos’ popularity amongst Colombians suffered greatly after the failure to pass an acceptable peace deal.
Hurricane Matthew Sweeps Through Haiti and US
Hurricane Matthew has made contact with the east coast of the U.S. after killing over 800 people in Haiti and leaving thousands more homeless.
According to Yahoo news, the death toll in Haiti was 842 people as of Friday, Oct. 8. The storm struck the small island nation with winds upwards of 100 mph, decimating homes and infrastructure.
After reaching the U.S. the storm killed nine people in both Florida and North Carolina and left nearly 2 million people without power. The storm touched down on the beaches of South Carolina at around 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 9.
Three deaths were recorded in North Carolina and six in Florida. Though the storm has weakened significantly since running through the Caribbean, there is still a threat of major flooding
Hurricane Matthew is said to be the most intense storm to have affected the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Japanese Volcano Mount Aso Erupts
Mount Aso, the largest volcano in Japan, erupted spewing volcanic ash hundreds of feet into the air on Saturday, Oct. 8.
The volcano is located on the southwestern island of Kyushu and after its eruption shot a spout of smoke and ash more than 5,200 feet into the air.
According to CNN, the eruption raised the alert level of the area from a three to a five, the highest possible level. The volcano is in its active phase and there is a possibility of another eruption.
Mount Aso had rumblings of life earlier in September however this was the first full eruption from the mountain. The ash in the air has already begin coat- ing streets, vehicles and homes though there has been no injuries so far.
Those in proximity to the mountain have been warned not to approach for fear of falling rocks.