Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits south-western Siberia, Russia.

5.3 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits west of the Galapagos Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Floods, landslides in Northern India – Update

Massive flooding and mudslides at the Kedarnath Temple has claimed lives of at least 50 people. More than 6000 people are still reported be stranded in the Kedarnath valley. Flooding and landslides have washed away a portion of the Kedarnath shrine compound which is one of the holiest Hindu temples located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.



The Kedarnath floods are believed to have been caused by the breaking of the Kedar Dome. The Kedar Dome is a glacier-like body that led to a rupture in the Charbari lake reservoir.

The massive flooding and landslides have now claimed the lives of 131 people in Uttarkhand and Himachal Pradesh with more than 500 still missing.

Other News:

At least 50 houses have been destroyed by a tornado in Cebu city in the Philippines. Winds of about 200 kph have been recorded.

Flooding in Lourdes, France has claimed the life of one person who was swept away by floodwaters in her car. More than 2 000 people have been evacuated from the flood zone.

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Tropical storm Emong [Leepi] forms in the western Pacific and heads for Japan after bringing rain and floods to the Philippines. It is situated about 329 nm south-southwest of Kadena Air Base, Japan.

Space Events

Super Moon

This weekend the Moon will appear the largest and closest it will look in 2013. It won’t appear this close again during a full Moon phase until August 2014.


Encephelitis in Northern India

Encephelitis, a mosquito-borne disease that preys on the young and malnourished is sweeping across poverty-riven northern India.

The disease has already killed at least 118 children this year, and authorities fear the death toll could exceed 1,000.

The children who survive often cannot communicate because of brain damage and stare listlessly, unable to recognize friends they played with just months before.

Some are so severely disabled that their impoverished parents are told to abandon them

Many families have taken out crushing loans for treatment.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Manam (Papua New Guinea): An eruption with a small ash plume was reported this morning and VAAC Darwin issued an advisory. A low level ash plume was also visible on Nasa’s Aqua Modis image at 15:45 UTC.

Veniaminof (Alaska Peninsula, USA): The eruption continues. A lava flow is being erupted from the central intra-caldera cone, recent satellite images suggest as they show very high elevated surface temperatures in this area. Since about 10 hours ago, a seismic swarm and continuous tremor have appeared indicating probably an increase in this activity. No plumes were reported by AVO.

Pavlov (Alaska Peninsula, USA): No changes in activity were reported by the Alaska Volcano Observatory. Seismic activity continues to decrease and no elevated surface temperatures were detected in satellite images during the past 24 hours. No plumes were visible in satellite images, while web camera images show mostly cloudy conditions.

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): A powerful explosion occurred yesterday at 13:23 local time, producing an eruption column rising about 4 km. This is so far one (if not the) largest single eruption in the present cycle of activity.

Fuego (Guatemala): Activity at all currently active volcanoes in Guatemala has been weaker today. The small new lava flow at Fuego was not mentioned in INSIVUMEH’s daily reports, and only few weak strombolian explosions were observed since yesterday. No strombolian activity was seen or heard at Pacaya and only a small explosion is mentioned for the lava dome of Santiaguito. Seismic recordings were not available today.