Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Kamchatka, Russia.

Storms and Floods

Flooding in USA

Heavy rainfall has caused flooding in North Dakota forcing evacuations of 1,300 people. The flooding has closed state Highway 18 at Neche and near Cavalier.

Heavy rains also caused flooding in Washington County, Virginia.

Tornado in Ontario, Canada

Environment Canada has confirmed that an EF2 tornado touched down in Glenarm, 12 km west of Fenelon Falls. The EF2 tornado had wind speeds between 180 and 200 km/hour.


Floods Wreak Havoc in Kenya

Raging floods in Kenya as a result of heavy rains pounding most parts of the country have left a trail of destruction death and displacement in their wake.

The Kenyan government and aid agencies are currently grappling with the challenge of providing relief support for thousands of families displaced by the floods which are not showing any signs of easing.

Over 200 people have been confirmed killed by the raging floods with Nyanza, Rift Valley, Central and North Eastern emerging as the most affected provinces.

Several major roads have been closed or rendered impassable due to collapsing bridges and the general wear caused by the floods.

The Kenya Meteorological Department predicted last week that the heavy rains would continue for the next two to three weeks and called on families in flood prone areas to move to higher grounds.


Wildfires – New Mexico, USA

A wildfire churning through grass and brush has forced evacuations near Silver City.

Wildfires – Alberta, Canada – Update

Despite the dry conditions in and around the capital region, fire crews outside of Edmonton are busy with a number of small wildfires. South of Spruce Grove, about 35 firefighters are dealing with a wildfire in a field west of Edmonton, while the fire near Slave Lake is being held.


Novel Coronavirus – Saudi Arabia – Update

The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has notified WHO of an additional laboratory-confirmed case of infection with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

Outbreak of tree disease

The first outbreak of ash dieback disease in mature trees in Wales has been discovered in Carmarthenshire. Known as Chalara, the tree disease had previously been found in recently planted saplings at 19 sites across Wales. The disease has decimated ash trees across England, with very few mature specimens remaining.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): Explosive activity at Stromboli is currently at normal to moderately high levels, but the magma column has obviously dropped considerably compared to previous weeks, as there are no longer lava overflows. We observed the volcano during the past days and found a total of 8 active vents in the crater terrace, out of which 4 were showing their typical different strombolian activity: In the NW crater area, two adjacient vents often erupted simultaneously. One was ejecting dense jets of incandescent gas, almost no ash and only few incandescent tephra that formed candle-like fountains reaching 100-200 m height, and accompanied by loud jet-engine like noises. The other one erupted silent, dense low ash plumes and glowing material to 50-100 m. Eruptions occurred every 20-30 minutes on average.

Etna (Sicily, Italy): Etna has been almost completely quiet since a brief episode of strombolian activity at the New SE crater in early May. Apart from a few occasional deep-seated explosions in Bocca Nuova detected only on seismic signals (INGV personal communication), the volcano has not shown other surface activity than degassing.

Pavlov (Alaska Peninsula, USA): The eruption at Pavlov continues but seismic and eplosive-effusive eruptive activity have dropped compared to the day before yesterday when an ash plume reached 7,000 m altitude and was visible from space.

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): Activity has been showing an increase today. Yesterday, CENPRED reported near-continuous emissions of steam and gas and sometimes ash. Some larger explosions occurred at 12:13 h and at 12:34 h local time yesterday. Both produced an eruption column about 1.3 km high and drifting west. Bright glow and strong steaming are currently visible from the webcam images. A total of 3 hours of spasmodic tremor of low to medium amplitude were recorded yesterday. In addition there were two volcanotectonic earthquakes, one at 13:09 h of magnitude 2.1 and another at 15:55 h of magnitude 1.8 (local times).

Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): Activity has remained weak and dominantly explosive. Occasional explosions from the Caliente dome produce ash plumes rising up to about 700 m.

Pacaya (Guatemala): Strombolian activity persists in the Mackenney crater, which is slowly filling with new lava. The activity can be heard from San Francisco de Sales and ejects incandescent bombs to about 40 m height. As the crater continues to fill up, INSIVUMEH thinks that during the coming days or weeks, new lava flows are likely to appear.

Fuego (Guatemala): Activity has remained stable during the past week. During yesterday, INSIVUMEH recorded 10 weak strombolian-type explosions that generated small ash plumes of up to 600 m height and drifting for 8-10 km before dissipating.

Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia): Small ash emissions were reported yesterday from the volcano. Seismic activity remains elevated, but reduced compared to the recent earthquake swarms in April and early May.