6.8 Earthquake [preliminary magnitude] hits the Kuril Islands.

6.1 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.7 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 Earthquake hits south-east of the Loyalty Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands region.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tajikistan.

4.8 Earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

Space Events

The Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak during the pre-dawn hours of Nov. 17-20.

Leonids are spawned by the comet Tempel-Tuttle. Every 33 years, it rounds the Sun and then goes back to the outer solar system. On each passage across Earth’s orbit, Tempel-Tuttle lays down another trail of debris.

To see the Leonids, lie outside in a dark place between midnight and dawn. Point your feet east and look carefully.


A train collided with a school bus in southern Egypt. So far, there have been 47 people (mostly children) killed and 13 others injured.


Volcanic activity world-wide:

Popocatépetl volcano in Mexico has calmed down considerably to only about 2 emissions of steam and ash per hour (after having reached numbers of 150-200 per day during recent days). The decline might be in connection with the M6.0 Tlalchapa earthquake yesterday morning or simply be part of the fluctuations in activity the volcano has been undergoing over the past months.

Fuego volcano in Guatemala remains very calm. The lava flow towards the Ceniza canyon was 350 m long yesterday.

Santiaguito produced a weak explosion occurred at 19:16 h local time on 16 Nov with an ash column rising 400 m and strong glow visible. There are constant weak and moderate avalanches from the active lava flows from the lava dome.

A small earthquake swarm occurred yesterday morning at Little Sitkin volcano in the Aleutians (Alaska). USGS has not noted any other unusual activity.

Storms and Floods

Tornado hits Portugal’s Algarve causing chaos, 8 injured. Firefighters said most of those injured had to be pulled out of overturned vehicles.