5.8 and 5.4 Earthquakes hit Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.7 Earthquake hits the Carlsberg off the Horn of Africa.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Bonin Islands off Japan.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Fiji Islands.


Thirty hippos die in an anthrax outbreak in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. The outbreak in the north of the Park, which initially began in August, has now killed dozens of hippos in the Letaba and Olifants Rivers.


Volcanic activity world-wide 3-5 November 2012:

The seismic swarm in the Tjörnes Fracture Zone north off Iceland continues with little changes. About 50-100 earthquakes mostly of magnitudes of around 1-2 are being recorded daily.

At Kilauea volcano on Hawai’i, the 2 lava lakes at the summit and in Pu’u ‘O’o on the rift zone remain active. A spatter cone near Pu`u `O`o continued to emit lava flows. In the coastal plain, lava flows remain active as well have been advancing slowly, but are still at least 1 km away from the coast.

Popocatépetl’s activity [Mexico] has continued to increase a bit over the past days with about 3 weak to moderate explosions per hour, some producing small ash plumes.

Activity of Fuego volcano in Guatemala continues dominated by the effusion of a lava flow, reaching now 800 meters length. Mild explosive activity was observed as well with 13 weak strombolian explosions during 4-5 Nov with ash plumes rising 2-500 m and spreading west and northwest. Incandescent material was thrown to 100 meters above the crater and generated weak avalanches on the upper crater’s flanks.

The viscous lava flows from Santiaguito lava dome resumed their progress. Strong glow from the western lava dome rim and constant avalanches from the flow fronts were observed during 4-5 Nov. [Guatemala].

Seismic activity at El Salvador’s San Miguel volcano has calmed down compared to some weeks ago, but still shows many small quakes and long-period events.

An eruption of Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea produced an ash plume rising to 10,000 ft / 3 km altitude on 3 Nov, indicating that sporadic explosive activity from the volcano goes on.

After a relatively quiet period between 30 Oct – 3 Nov, Sakurajima volcano on Kyushu in Japan had a record number of 6 moderate explosions on 4 November (GMT time). Ash rose to altitudes of 6-8,000 ft (1.8-2.4 km).

Storms and Floods

Surprise snow and heavy rainfall over the weekend have led to flash flooding in some areas of southern England.

A tornado hit La Marque, Texas, USA, causing damage to the local fire station.

Nigeria’s worst flooding in at least half a century has killed 363 people since the start of July and displaced 2.1 million people, the Nigerian emergency agency has reported. Nigeria often suffers seasonal flash floods after heavy tropical rain, but the sheer scale of the devastation this year has shocked people and images of towns and cities under water have filled TV screens.