Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

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

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Luzon in the Philippines.

Storms and Floods

Landslide in Western Kenya

Landslide in Olutrot village in Narok county destroyed several houses and buried two children.

Floods have also displaced about 1,920 people in Garissa after the Tana river burst its banks.

Flash flooding in southeast Iowa, USA

Heavy rainfall has caused flash flooding in southeast Iowa. Flash flood warnings have been issued to affected areas.

Tornado in Qixing, China

Tornado in the Qixing district of China has injured at least six people. The tornado also damaged twenty-two houses.

Hailstorms in Odisha, India

Hailstorms in Balasore area of Odisha have injured at least three people. Electricity and telecommunication facilities have also been disrupted.


Locusts Invasions in Central and Southern Madagascar

Swarms of locusts have invaded Madagascar. The central and southern regions are the most affected, hampering the already fragile recovery efforts from the effects of cyclone “Haruna” in February 2013.

This invasion by the locusts has brought about a new humanitarian crisis in the country. Over 60% of the country is currently infested and the locust infestations, if untreated, could wipe out food crops and livestock grazing lands – and with it the family’s ability to provide for itself.

The government has no funds, no pesticides and no equipment to spray pesticides, even if they had them.


China Bird Flu – Update

The Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission notified WHO of an additional 19 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus. Of the latest laboratory confirmed cases, there are nine from Zhejiang Province, seven from Shanghai Municipality and three from Jiangsu Province.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Etna (Sicily, Italy): New activity has started from the New SE crater last night, when incandescent degassing vents were visible at the crater. This activity has progressively increased during the night and produced strombolian bursts during the second half of the night. Tremor has been showing a slow increase.