Earthquakes

5.6 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.2 Earthquake hits near the Cayman Islands north of Honduras.

5.1 Earthquake hits Valparaiso, Chile.

5.1 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Volcanos

Global volcanic activity:

Popocatépetl’s activity in Mexico remains stable with about 2 weak explosions per hour. Most of these only produce steam plumes, only the stronger ones are accompanied by weak ash plumes. Crater glow is visible at night and a significant SO2 emission indicates that magma continues to rise in the volcano.

Explosive activity from Fuego volcano, Guatemala is increasing in favor of effusive. Since yesterday, there have been 13 weak to moderate explosions with ash rising up to 1000 m. The lava flow towards the Ash Canyon is still active and now 400 m long.

A mild ash explosion from the Santiaguito lava dome [Guatemala] occurred this morning with a weak plume rising to 3100 m altitude. Activity otherwise remains mainly effusive. The thick block lava flows that descend from the summit are still weakly active and produce avalanches of rocks detaching from their fronts.

Heavy rainfalls around Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador triggered lahars one of which damaged the Baños-Penipe road.

The seismic swarm in the Tjörnes Fracture Zone north off Iceland continues and the Icelandic Civil protection issued warning about the possibility of a larger earthquake.

Wildfires

A wildfire in southern Colorado has burned 14 homes and scorched more than 1,700 acres. More than 130 firefighters from 16 agencies statewide have been battling high winds and flames since Tuesday.

A huge grassfire in Queensland last weekend witnessed a rarely seen destructive phenomenon – a fire tornado.

 

fire tornado

Storms and Floods

Hurricane Sandy has made landfall on the southeastern coast of Cuba and strengthened to a strong Category 2 storm, with winds up to 175 kilometers per hour.

Tropical storm Tony forms in the Atlantic. No threat to land and the storm is not expected to endure long.

Tropical storm Son-Tinh forms in the western Pacific and makes landfall over Siargao, an island in the Philippines. A tropical storm warning has been issued with hundreds of passengers stranded as sea and air travel have been suspended in southern Philippines.

Tropical storm Murjan in the Indian Ocean strikes Somalia.

A powerful cyclone with gale-force winds and heavy precipitation is advancing upon Kamchatka in the Russian Far East.

Extreme weather wreaks havoc in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Floodwaters swept five people away in northern KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend. Three further people who were washed down the Chibide River at Silutshane, near Vryheid are still missing. The widespread rain and storms have caused chaos and misery everywhere, especially on the roads and informal settlements.

Tornado hits Neshoba County, Mississippi, USA.