Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

Tropical storm Yagi was located about 295 nm west-northwestward of Iwo To, Japan. While Tropical Storm Yagi should endure for a few more days, it doesn’t appear as if it will be much of a threat to Okinawa, Japan.

Tropical Storm Dante is moving away from the Philippines. Tropical Storm “Dante,” the fourth cyclone to enter the country this year, slightly accelerated Sunday evening while moving over the Philippine Sea.

Thousands flee Central European floods

Some 23,000 people were forced to leave their homes in the east German city of Magdeburg after a dam burst on the flood-swollen River Elbe.

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Although water levels in Magdeburg were reported to be receding on Monday, the city and areas of the country further north remain on high alert.

In Hungary, 1,200 people had to leave their homes but flood defences in the capital Budapest appeared to have held.

At least 19 people have died in the floods in Central Europe.

Ten victims from the Czech Republic and five from Austria died after rivers rose to dangerous levels in both countries last week.

Analysts say the damage will cost billions of euros to clean up.

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Meanwhile, parts of Poland’s capital Warsaw were flooded on Sunday after hours of heavy rain.

One of the city’s busiest motorways was inundated, and firefighters had to help stranded drivers to safety.

Flood defences in Budapest appeared to have held on Monday as waters from the Danube River started to recede, having reached an historic peak of 8.91m (29 ft) on Sunday.

Along more than 700km (470 miles) of the River Danube, thousands of people, including many volunteers and even convicts from the prisons, worked to reinforce earth and sandbag barriers.

More than 1,200 people have been evacuated from their homes, although no flood-related deaths have yet been reported in Hungary.

In Magdeburg, the capital of Saxony-Anhalt, flood waters rose to 7.44m (24ft), nearly four times higher than normal (2m) – forcing some 10% of the population, 23,000, to leave their homes.

Around 700 soldiers worked to build a dam of sandbags around a power sub-station in the badly-hit area of Rothensee in a bid to keep the power on.

But other parts of Saxony-Anhalt and neighbouring Brandenburg remain under threat as the flood crest moves north, testing flood defences already weakened by days of heavy rain.

A dyke at Fischbeck, west of Berlin, was breached overnight leading to the evacuation of nearby villages.

A railway bridge on the line between Berlin and Cologne, Frankfurt and Amsterdam had to be closed, leading to significant delays or cancellations for train travellers.

Other News:

Flash floods have hit Alor Star, the Kedah province of Malaysia. Around 1,000 residents have been affected.

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Flash floods in Lalmonirhat, Bangladesh have affected over 40 villages. Several low lying areas in Teesta and Dharla river basins have been affected by the flood waters. Displaced people are taking shelter on government roads.

At least four people have been injured and several homes have been damaged in a storm in Kentucky, USA.

Witnesses watched a waterspout zip across the Baltimore harbour in Maryland, USA on Monday, tossing pieces of a warehouse roof into the air, as storms bringing heavy downpours and flooding moved through the region. At least one other tornado was reported in the area.

Monsoon rains are expected to cover the whole of drought-struck western India by Monday, bringing relief to millions of farmers who have suffered through a dry spell for more than a year.

Wildfires

Wildfires – USA

Fire crews from several agencies are working to put out multiple fires in eastern California and northwestern Nevada.

A new, large wildfire is burning in northern New Mexico.

Disease

Cholera in Cuba

Several cases of cholera have been reported from western Cuba after the area was hit by floods.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Shiveluch in Kamchatka had an explosion last night at 21:02 UTC lasting for 6.5 minutes that sent an ash plume to an estimated altitude of about 30,000 ft (7-8 km), KVERT reports. The eruption was not observed directly, but inferred from seismic data.

Tolbachik (Kamchatka): No significant changes have occurred in the ongoing eruption. Seismic tremor remains stable and suggests that lava flows continue to erupt from the southern fissure.

Kizimen (Kamchatka): The lava dome remains active and continues to grow slowly. KVERT reports incandescence of the volcano summit, hot avalanches on the western and eastern volcanic flanks, and strong and moderate gas-steam activity, associated with medium levels of seismicity.

Bezymianny (Central Kamchatka Depression): No changes in activity have been reported recently. The volcano remains at Aviation Colour Code YELLOW, because its lava dome is likely still active. KVERT is unable to distinguish seismic data from Bezymianny from the strong signals from erupting Tolbachik.

Gorely (Southern Kamchatka): Strong steaming and hydrothermal activity continue to produce medium levels of seismicity.

Hachijo-jima (Izu Islands): A shallow (10 km) magnitude 4.4 earthquake occurred about 16 km to the NW of the volcano today.

Veniaminof (Alaska Peninsula, USA): AVO reports continuing seismic tremor and the observation of a steam plume from the volcano, but no other activity has been noted.

Pavlov (Alaska Peninsula, USA): Ash emissions, probably caused by strombolian activity continue to be observed. Seismic tremor and explosion signals accompany the activity. Persistent elevated surface temperatures visible on satellite data suggest that there is some lava effusion as well (in the form of small flows or a new lava dome). Satellite images from the last day also show an ash plume extending 12 miles (20 km) southeast of the volcano. This direction is consistent with low-level (less than 20,000 ft asl) winds. (AVO)

Guatemala: Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): A moderate explosion occurred this morning at 05:18 local time, sending an ash plume to 700 m above the crater and drifting SW, where light ash fall occurred in Finca La Florida and Parcelamiento Monte Claro. The southern lava flow on the dome’s flank produced some weak avalanches.

Pacaya (Guatemala): Weak explosive activity has apparently resumed, INSIVUMEH reported.

Fuego (Guatemala): Activity remains relatively weak. During the past 24 hours, INSIVUMEH observed 6 small explosions with ash plumes up to 500 m height. At the moment, the main risk from Fuego is posed by lahars (mud flows). Following heavy rainfall, unusually strong lahars with fronts of up to 5 meters tall travelled through the Ceniza ravine on 8 June, damaging the road that connects Siquinala to Rochela, San Andrés Osuna, and Ceilán. Deposits of 2-3 meters were left containing blocks of up to 3 meter in size.

Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia): Strong degassing is visible as a large SO2 plume on satellite data. Seismic recordings show many mostly long-period quakes, typical of internal fluid movements.

Copahue (Chile/Argentina): Seismic and degassing activity have decreased, although SERNAGEOMIN maintains alert level “orange”. A total of 120 quakes, mostly near the surface, were counted during 8-9 June. No volcanic tremor was detected. A white steam and gas plume was rising 300 m from the crater.