Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.8 Earthquake hits the Owen fracture zone region in the northern Indian Ocean.
5.6 Earthquake hits the Panama-Costa-Rica border.
5.3 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.
5.1 Earthquake hits Maule, Chile.
5.0 Earthquake hits northern Algeria.
5.0 Earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.
5.0 Earthquake hits Kalimantan, Indonesia.
5.0 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.
5.0 Earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.
Landslide in Kashmir, India
Heavy rainfall caused flooding and landslides in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir valley. The Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed after 4 bridges washed away. A landslide hit the Seeri area in Ramban. One person was reported to have died in the floods.
Flooding in South China
A yellow alert has been issued for rainstorms in south China. Up to 200 mm rainfall has been forecast over a period of 24 hours in Hunan, Jiangxi, Guangdong and Guangxi provinces.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:
Etna (Sicily, Italy): Etna today is free of clouds, but strong winds with gusts up to 70 km/h speed prevail. No further significant earthquakes occurred. The only activity remains degassing, and occasional small explosions, not visible, deep inside Bocca Nuova, based on seismic observations (OPEC).
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): The volcano has been relatively productive with 2-4 explosions daily over the past days. Maximum ash plume heights were reported as 10,000 ft (3 km) (VAAC Tokyo).
Copahue (Chile/Argentina): Although degassing and ash emissions have decreased, seismic activity at the volcano has picked up, SERNAGEOMIN reported. An average of 356 earthquakes per hour, sometimes merging into what looks as volcanic tremor, has been recorded recently. This could be related to intruding magma from a new batch of magma rising at the moment and as a result, phreatomagmatic or magmatic activity could occur at the surface in the near future. The hazards from the volcano to populated areas are only significant in the case of a larger eruption creating a large ash plume, possible pyroclastic flows and lahars capable of travelling greater distances. Ash fall in particular would mainly threaten the areas to the east (ie. the Argentine side) because of the prevailing westerly wind directions.