Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 Earthquake hits the southwest Indian ridge.

5.3 Earthquake hits Juyjuy, Argentina.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Atlantic:

Tropical depression Erin is located about 955 mi (1535 km) WNW of the Cape Verde Islands. Erin has weakened to a depression again. Erin weakened to a tropical depression, then regenerated into a tropical storm Friday as it continued westward over the open waters of the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical depression Twelve is located approximately 373 nm southward of Kadena Air Base, Japan.

Tropical depression Thirteen is located approximately 109 nm northwestward of Kadena Air Base, Japan. The final advisory has been issued on this system.

In the Central Pacific:

Tropical storm Pewa is located about about 1065 mi (1715 km) ESE of Wake Island. Pewa could become a typhoon in the next day or two.

Far Eastern Russia Floods

More than 17,000 people have been evacuated in Russia’s flood-hit far east as floodwaters wreak havoc across the region. The deluge has been declared a natural disaster in the worst-affected regions of Amur and Khabarovsk, where the Russian President called on the army to participate in rescue operations. He promised that all damaged infrastructure would be repaired, and that while the situation was difficult it was “under control”.

“Large areas are flooded, telephone and electricity lines, roads and bridges have been damaged in dozens of towns. The damage is enormous.” Temporary shelters have been opened up, mostly in schools, to shelter evacuated residents. In the worst-case scenario up to 100,000 people could be evacuated. Massive rains since the end of July saw the Amur River – the longest in Siberia which borders northeastern China – burst its banks, as well as one of its tributaries the Zeya. Devastating floods last July in the town of Krymsk in the south west killed 172 people and raised questions about the authorities’ handling of disasters.

Landslides in China

Several landslides caused by downpours brought by Typhoon Utor have claimed the lives of at least four people and left 13 others missing in China.

Landslide around 1:50 a.m. at the village of Hongshan in Cangwu County claimed the life of one person. Another landslide around 3:50 a.m. in Sifeng in the same county of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region claimed the lives of two people.

Third landslide in Hunan Province claimed the life of one person and buried 13 others.


Wedding party of 76 swept away in floods in Yeman. At least 27 members of a Yemeni wedding party have died after the vehicles they were travelling in were swept away by heavy floods. The victims, including women and children, were travelling through Wadi Nakhla in Taiz province, in the south of the Arab country. The bride survived the incident. Several other people have been killed by flash floods in Yemen over the past two days.


Outbreak of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever – Uganda

Uganda’s ministry of health on Friday confirmed the outbreak of the deadly Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever in the northern Uganda district of Agago.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever causes severe fever outbreaks and has a fatality rate of up to 40%.

WHO says the disease is transmitted to humans from ticks and from human to human through coming into contact with blood, secretions and body fluids from affected persons.

The disease has no vaccine available for either humans or animals.

Initial reports in Uganda had said it was the deadly Ebola outbreak but this has been ruled out by health officials.

In the last decade Uganda has reported two outbreaks of the deadly Ebola disease. In 2000, the disease killed 224 people in northern Uganda. More recently in 2012, it killed 17 people in western Uganda.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Kverkfjöll (Eastern Iceland): A small phreatic eruption seems to have taken place yesterday at the ice-covered Kverkfjoell central volcano. The steam-driven (no fresh magma involved) explosion followed a small glacial flood on 15 August the Kverkjökull glacier released into the Volga river and was probably a result of the pressure release during the flood.

Kliuchevskoi (Kamchatka): A new eruption began at 06:30 UTC on 15 August, KVERT reports. Accompanied by strong tremor, strombolian activity has been taking place in the summit crater. Incandescence at the summit of the volcano’s summit were observed at night and a gas-steam plume containing small amounts of ash rose up to 18,000 ft (5.5 km) a.s.l. and drifted to the north-east of the volcano on August 16. Satellite data showed a big and bright thermal anomaly over the volcano on August 15-17. (KVERT weekly update)

Shiveluch (Kamchatka): Eruptive activity continued all week with explosions producing ash plumes that rose up to 16,400-22,960 ft (5.0-7.0 km) a.s.l. and extended to the east and north-east of the volcano. A viscous lava dome continues to extrude on the north-western flank of the lava dome, accompanied by strong and moderate degassing, incandescence, and hot avalanches.

Reventador (Ecuador): Eruptive activity continues at moderate levels. There are occasional ash explosions with plumes of a few 100 m height and possibly minor lava effusion from the intra-caldera cone at the summit.