Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.8 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits the southern Indian Ocean.

5.3 Earthquake hits offshore Valparaiso, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Valparaiso, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.


Bird Flu in China

Two people in southwest China have tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus and are critically ill.

The pair did not have contact with fowls before they fell ill. In most cases, victims had direct contact with infected birds, mostly chickens. The virus is especially abundant in the faeces and respiratory secretions of affected birds.

The H5N1 virus mainly affects birds, but occasionally jumps to people. Experts fear it may mutate into a form that could spread easily among humans who have no natural immunity against it.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): Activity remains elevated. Explosion signals are strong and there are small lava overflows from the NE crater.

El Hierro (Canary Islands, Spain): The number of earthquakes continues to be a bit above background with 1-6 small daily events.

Kliuchevskoi (Kamchatka): KVERT reports weak seismic activity. No hot spot is visible on MODIS satellite data. If any, strombolian activity from the summit crater is currently low.

Kizimen (Kamchatka): New lava flows continue to extruding from the summit on the eastern and southern flanks of the volcano. Seismicity is moderate (KVERT).

Karymsky (Kamchatka): KVERT reports weak seismic activity at the volcano.

Shiveluch (Kamchatka): A viscous lava flow continues to effuse on the eastern flank of the lava dome, strong and moderate fumarolic activity and incandescence of the dome summit and hot avalanches accompanies this process. Satellite data showed a thermal anomaly over the lava dome. (KVERT) Seismic activity has increased to moderate levels.

Tolbachik (Kamchatka): Lava effusion from the southern fissure continues with little changes, tremor has remained at stable moderate levels.

Ambrym (Vanuatu): A strong SO2 plume from the volcano is visible today again, confirming lots of fresh magma continuous to arrive in the craters.

Colima (Western Mexico): Rockfalls and occasional small volcanic quakes are visible on the seismic signals, probably accompanied by small steam explosions.

Popocat├ępetl (Central Mexico): The rate of gas/steam emissions remains low at about 1 event per hour and glow is visible at night. A M3.3 earthquake at shallow 10 km depth occurred yesterday beneath the NE flank of the volcano.

Storms and Floods

Tornadoes Hit Southern USA

A swarm of tornadoes tore through several counties in southern Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday, injuring at least 10 people and ripping apart hundreds of homes and other buildings, including parts of the University of Southern Mississippi. The American Red Cross center in Hattiesburg, Miss., is completely destroyed.

Tropical Cyclone Haley was located approximately 500 nm south-southeast of Bora Bora, Society Islands, French Polynesia.