5.2 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands region.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Australia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the western Indian Ocean ridge.

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

5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.


Global Volcanic Activity 8 – 9 November 2012:

Popocatépetl in Mexico increased the frequency of emissions/explosions, more than 2 per hour on average during 6-7 Nov and about 3 during 7-8 Nov. Glow remains visible at night and SO2 emissions are elevated, suggesting that magma continues to rise within the volcano.

Activity of Fuego volcano and Santiaguito has not changed [Guatemala]. A seismic swarm began at Nevado del Ruiz volcano around 5 Nov when a 2.2 local magnitude earthquake occurred at 01:38 local time and is continuing with over 2000 small quakes recorded so far. This might suggest that new magma is intruding under the volcano.

Soputan volcano (Indonesia) produces a small SO2 plume visible on today’s satellite image for the North Sulawesi region. Increased degassing from the volcano could indicate some new activity there.

Activity at Sakurajima volcano in Japan has increased since 8 November, with at least 6 explosions of moderate size during the past 24 hours. One this morning at 06:27 GMT produced an ash plume that rose to 13,000 ft (4.3 km).

At Kilauea volcano on Hawai’i, deflation continued, but the summit lava lake in Halema’uma’u remained stable. Seismic activity has calmed down compared to last week. At Pu`u `O`o, small lava flows issued from a south floor source while the rim of the NE perched lava lake collapsed just after midnight. Lava flows southeast of Pu`u `O`o continued to be active on the coastal plain but are still far from the ocean.

Glow at night and a thermal anomaly detectable on satellite data suggest that mild strombolian activity in the summit crater of Klyuchevskoy volcano in Kamchatka continues.

The shallow earthquake swarm at Mammoth Mountain west of the Long Valley caldera (California) seems to be ending. Similarly, the swarm that has been plaguing the Tjörnes Fracture Zone north off Iceland continues to slow down after having been going on for more than 2 weeks.


Vietnam hand, foot and mouth disease outbreak surges past 100 000 cases. The CDC issues travel advisory.

31 people have now died and 424 have been sickened in the fungal meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroid injections in the U.S.

Storms and Floods

Flash flood has affected more than 17,000 people in Orientale province in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Snow storms in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada killed one and injured other 12.