Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.8 Earthquake hits near the coast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

Initial reports suggest the region has escaped serious damage. A quake of this strength has the potential to generate localized tsunamis within 100 kilometers (62 miles) of the epicenter.

5.6 Earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Iran-Pakistan border region.

5.5 Earthquake hits near the south coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits Mindanoa in the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits Yunnan, China.

5.0 Earthquake hits south western Ryukyu Islands, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits south western Ryukyu Islands, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits south western Ryukyu Islands, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Iran-Pakistan border region.

5.0 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Storms in Thailand

More than 150 houses, rice barns and mills, and animal farms in Surin were destroyed after a tropical storm hit this northeastern province Tuesday evening.

Tropical waves wreaked havoc on Thai coastal villages. The fierce tropical storm in the Gulf of Thailand stranded more than 70 fishing boats in this seaboard province ashore due to huge waves, about four metres high.

Other News:

An avalanche in Dalvík, a village in Iceland has injured one skier.

Floods damage 6000 hectares of crops in Extremadura, Spain.

Floods continue across Kenya. 8 people reported to have died in recent floods in the North Rift.

The US National Weather Service has confirmed that at least 21 tornadoes tore across 6 states over the southern U.S. last Wednesday and Thursday. Of the 21 tornadoes 9 were in Alabama, 4 in Missouri, 4 in Arkansas, 2 in Georgia, 1 in Mississippi, and 1 in Louisiana.


China Bird Flu – Update

The eastern China epicenter of the H7N9 avian flu outbreak reported 14 new cases Tuesday, along with two more deaths, moving the total to 78 cases, 16 of them fatal.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea): A large SO2 plume was detected from the volcano today, suggesting that elevated activity is occurring.

Manam (Papua New Guinea): Eruptions continue. An ash plume rose to 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude this morning and the Rabaul Volcano Observatory raised the alert level to 3, following a strong increase in seismic activity. The aviation colour code is at orange.

Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): An explosion this morning produced an ash plume rising to 7,000 ft (2.1 km) altitude.

Paluweh (off Flores Island, Indonesia): Activity from the lava dome continues, in the form of explosions and rockfalls/pyroclastic flows due to mass loss from the dome. An ash plume was observed this morning rising to 7,000 ft (2.1 km) altitude and drifting 20 nautical miles to the east (VAAC Darwin).

Dukono (Halmahera): Increased SO2 emissions appear on today’s NOAA satellite data, suggesting the volcano is in a phase of increased activity.

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): The volcano remains in a state of elevated activity. Phases of medium to strong tremor occurred this morning at the volcano, although these were not associated by significant changes in the current observed activity: CENAPRED reported near-continuous degassing / steaming, and 35 emissions over the past 24 hours, the strongest of which ejected incandescent fragments out of the crater and produced small ash plumes rising up to 1.5 km height above the crater. Moderate glow from the growing lava dome remains visible at night.

Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia): An eruption is underway at the volcano. The seismic swarm has continued and is increasing, with quakes as large as magnitude 3.2 this morning. The hypocenters of the seismic swarm, caused by intruding magma, is at 5-9 km depth 6 km NW below the Arenas craters. INGEOMINAS reports ongoing strong degassing and ash venting. A modest SO2 anomaly is visible on the latest (yesterday’s) NOAA satellite data, which confirms fresh magma rising below the volcano.