Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits northern Italy.

New Fault Line Discovered

Scientists have discovered a new fault system forming off the coast of Portugal, that will bring the US and Europe together and close up the Atlantic Ocean. The new research suggests that in 220 million years North America and continental Europe will be joined.

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Storms and Floods

Heavy Flooding in Western Canada

The City of Calgary issued mandatory evacuation orders for 18 communities after massive flooding in the city and across southern Alberta. More than 100,000 Calgarians are expected to be evacuated by morning.

Mudslides forced the closure of the Trans-Canada Highway. It is the most extreme flooding situation residents have seen in 40 years.

More than 20 homes have been lost in the mountain community of Canmore, 100 km west of Calgary.

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Other News:

Severe Storm in Wellington, New Zealand. 30 000 homes with out power. All flights, train and ferry services have been suspended. Winds of up to 200 km/h were reported at Mount Kaukau. The storm has been described as the worst in 37 years.

Tropical Storm Barry made landfall near Veracruz in Mexico, Thursday, bringing the risk of flash flooding and mudslides. Up to 10 inches of rain is expected to fall across the region.

A total of 556 bodies have been recovered in flood-hit Uttarakhand, India, with more than 50 000 still stranded. Authorities expect the death toll to rise. The government has abounded a three day period of mourning for the victims.

Environment

Global High and Low Temperatures

The week’s hottest temperature was 117.5 degrees Fahrenheit (47.5 degrees Celsius) at Adrar, Algeria.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 97.2 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 71.8 degrees Celsius) at Russia’s Vostok Antarctic research station.

Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.

Disease

Novel Coronavirus – Saudi Arabia – Update

Saudi Arabia announced that four women have recovered from previously unreported cases of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus), while another four people have died of MERS infections that were announced earlier.

Newcastle Poultry Disease Outbreak in Cyprus

Thousands of birds are facing slaughter on three farms in the Mamari area because of an outbreak of Newcastle disease. Around 150,000 will be destroyed. All vehicles passing through the area will be sprayed with decontaminants.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Paluweh (off Flores Island, Indonesia): Activity from the lava dome continues with occasional explosions and / or collapse events, but has been decreasing over the past weeks. An ash plume at about 8,000 ft (2.4 km) altitude was observed on satellite data yesterday (VAAC Darwin).

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): Activity has decreased to about 2 weak emissions of steam and gas, sometimes some ash per hour.

Pacaya (Guatemala): Weak strombolian activity has resumed, with small explosions about every 10 minutes that produce small ash puffs. Some of the explosions are audible, but most are only inferred from the seismic signal. Volcanic tremor accompanies this process.

Fuego (Guatemala): Activity both effusive and explosive has remained relatively unchanged and weak. Ash plumes rose 200-500 m above the crater and eject incandescent material to up to 100 m. The lava flow towards the Ceniza drainage was 250 m long this morning and produced occasional small avalanches.

Machin (Colombia): INGEOMINAS reports no significant changes – weak seismic activity continues SE of the principal dome at depths between 6-7.5 km and maintains alert level yellow.

Galeras (Colombia): Seismic activity has been lower during the past week. No recent ash explosions have occurred. The other volcano at yellow alert monitored by Pasto Observatory, Cumbal, continued to show fluctuating, weakly elevated seismic activity.

Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia): Activity over the past days has been characterized by continuing strong degassing (elevated SO2 emissions), at times creating a steam and gas plume rising up to 1600 m. Seismic activity has remained elevated and dominated by shallow volcano-tectonic quakes in areas SW, NW and N of the Arenas crater.

Sotará (Colombia): INGEOMINAS – Popayan volcano observatory reports no significant changes. Occasional small earthquakes continue to show the volcano is at unrest. Nevado del Huila’s degassing and seismic activity have remained stable at low levels.