Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

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

Storms and Floods

Floods in Central Europe – Update

Floods in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic have claimed the lives of at least eight people and left nine people missing.

In Germany, flooding has claimed the lives of two people and left two more missing. Bavaria, Thuringia and Saxony are reported to be worst hit by the floods. Train services in southern and lower Bavaria have also been disrupted. The water levels in Passua were the highest recorded since 1501.


A flood emergency has been declared in seven regions of the Czech Republic.

Storms in Pakistan

A huge storm and heavy rainfall have claimed the lives of at least 10 people and injured more than 40 others in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) region, Pakistan. The storm collapsed walls and roofs of numerous houses.


Wildfires California, USA

California’s drought-fueled Powerhouse wildfire has scorched 25,000 acres: Pictures

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The landscape glows immediately after the main fire front swept over in a fast run toward Lake Hughes on June 1, 2013. Nearly 1,000 firefighters have been working in hot, dry conditions to establish containment lines around 20 percent of the fire so far.


Poliovirus Detected in Israel

In Israel, wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) was isolated from sewage samples collected on 9 April 2013 in Rahat, southern Israel. The virus has been detected in sewage only; no case of paralytic polio has been reported. Genetic sequencing and epidemiological investigations are ongoing to determine its origin. Preliminary analyses indicate the strain is not related to the virus currently affecting the Horn of Africa.

The virus isolate was detected through routine environmental surveillance in Israel that involves regular testing of sewage water. Israel has been free of indigenous WPV transmission since 1988. In the past, wild poliovirus has been detected in environmental samples collected in this region between 1991 and 2002 without occurrence of cases of paralytic polio in the area.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Pavlov (Alaska Peninsula, USA): No further activity has been detected during the past days. Alert status is at yellow.

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): Activity has been reduced during the past days. Occasional explosions produced steam and ash plumes rising about 1 km above the crater and the frequency of small emissions has been about 3 per hour. Most of the time, the summit of the volcano has been in clouds, but occasionally, a weak steam and ash plume, as well incandescence at night could be observed. CENAPRED maintains alert level “Yellow Phase 3”.

Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): A lahar descended the valley of the Nimá I river at 13:30 h local time yesterday, caused by heavy rainfalls mobilizing pyroclastic deposits. The mud flow was about 30 m wide, dense, hot and stinking of sulfur, and carried large boulders (up to 3 m across).

Pacaya (Guatemala): Activity has decreased and strombolian activity has dropped or even stopped for the time being. INSIVUMEH reported only degassing sounds for yesterday.

Fuego (Guatemala): Activity remains weak, but due to heavy rainfall, INSIVUMEH warns of lahars through the drainages of the Ceniza, Las Lajas and El Jute canyons, as well the valleys Taniluyá and Santa Teresa.

Copahue (Chile/Argentina): The alert level of the volcano was lowered from “red” to “orange” in response to a declining trend of seismic activity recorded under the volcano. However, seismic activity remains significant and monitoring efforts continue at maximum level. The Civil Defence (ONEMI) allowed the 621 evacuees from the Chilean side to return to their homes, while another about 600 evacuees from the Argentina side still remain in evacuation centres.