Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands off New Zealand.

5.0 Earthquake hits Kyrgyzstan.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tajikistan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical Storm Ivo forms in the eastern Pacific and continued on its path along the west coast of Mexico on Saturday.

As of 11 a.m. ET, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was moving to the north-northwest at 12 mph. It’s located about 225 miles west of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

The government of Mexico has issued tropical storm warnings and watches for most of the coast of Baja California.

While most tropical storms and hurricanes that form in the eastern Pacific have little or no impact on the USA, this one could bring rain and flooding to the Southwest US.

Sudan’s worst floods for 25 years

Forty-eight people have been killed and more than 500,000 affected by the worst floods in Sudan in quarter of a century.

The region around the capital, Khartoum, was particularly badly hit, with at least 15,000 homes destroyed and thousands of others damaged. Across Sudan, at least 25,000 homes are no longer habitable. A UN official described the situation as a disaster.

The flooding, caused by continuous rains, has damaged public buildings, including schools, clinics, offices, shops, markets and water and sanitation facilities. Roads have been inundated, disrupting transport.

One of the major health worries is the collapse of more than 53,000 latrines; the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned of an increase in malaria cases in the past two weeks.


Landslides in Laos have claimed the lives of at least sixteen people and washed away 38 houses. The landslides were caused by two days of heavy rain and buried several houses in Pakbaeng district, Oudomxay province in Laos.

Over 15 villages were submerged in flood waters on Friday affecting a population of ten thousand in the Malda district of West Bengal, India.