Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
7.1 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.
5.2 Earthquake hits the Negros-Cebu region in the Philippines.
5.2 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.
5.1 Earthquake hits the Negros-Cebu region in the Philippines.
5.0 Earthquake hits Bohol in the Philippines.
5.0 Earthquake hits Santa Cruz in Bolivia.
5.0 Earthquake hits south of Bali, Indonesia.
5.0 Earthquake hits Santa Crus in Bolivia.
In the Western Pacific:
Tropical depression 26 is located approximately 55 nm southeast of Navsta, Guam. Favourable sea surface temperatures will allow the system to gradually intensify, with the potential for rapid intensification.
Typhoon Wipha kills at least 13 in Japan – The powerful typhoon passed close to the Japanese capital, Tokyo. Wipha caused landslides and flooding on Izu Oshima island, south of Tokyo, with several houses destroyed. Many people died when their homes collapsed or were buried in mudslides on the island. Two were found dead near a river. In Tokyo, flights were cancelled, bullet train services suspended and schools closed.
In the Eastern Pacific:
Tropical depression Priscilla is located about 630 mi (1015 km) WSW of the of the southern tip of Baja California. Priscilla is expected to weaken to a remnant low by tonight or Thursday morning.
Tropical Storm Octave, with maximum sustained winds of up to 85kph, was expected to approach the west coast of Baja California by Tuesday morning. The storm was forecast to weaken over the next 48 hours and could be a tropical depression by the time it nears land. The Mexican government issued a tropical storm warning on Monday as Octave took aim at an already disaster-weary Mexico, while a second storm, Priscilla, swirled far out to sea. Heavy rains were already spreading across portions of the southern Baja California Peninsula, an area that could see three to 7.6-15.2cm of rain along with the central peninsula. The storm system arrives just three weeks after the country weathered the dual blast of storms Manuel and Ingrid. At least 157 people were killed in the historic downpours, including 101 in the southern Guerrero state. Dozens were left missing in the mountainous village of La Pintada after a landslide buried a third of the community.
Diver finds creature from the deep
A marine science instructor snorkelling off the Southern California coast spotted something out of a fantasy novel: the silvery carcass of a five-metre-long serpent-like oarfish.
Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute needed more than 15 helpers to drag the giant sea creature to shore on Sunday.
Staffers at the institute are calling it the discovery of a lifetime.
Because oarfish dive more than 900m deep, sightings of the creatures are rare and they are largely unstudied, according to CIMI.
The obscure fish apparently died of natural causes.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:
Klyuchevskoy (Kamchatka): Strong eruptive activity continues. VAAC Tokyo reports an ash plume rising to estimated 33,000 ft (10 km) altitude, i.e. about 5 km tall above the volcano, and drifting SW. Aircraft should avoid the airspace near as well many miles southwest and east of the volcano. VAAC Tokyo publishes regular updates about the observed and predicted extent of the ash plume.
Galeras (Colombia): Surface and seismic activity have been low recently. A 3.8 magnitude earthquake at 5.5 km depth and 7 km NE of the volcano occurred yesterday at 17:13 local time. The earthquake was felt in Pasto, and the municipalities of Nariño and La Florida. This event was preceded by 14 earthquakes of smaller magnitude (less than 2.6) recorded between 12:56 am and 16:40 pm, located as well on the NE sector of the volcano at depths 1.2 and 7 km.
Cumbal (Colombia): Seismic unrest continues at low levels with little changes over the past weeks and months. GEOMINAS keeps the volcano at yellow alert level.
Sotará (Colombia): Low-level seismic unrest continues with no significant changes to report over the past months.
Sabancaya (Peru): Seismic unrest continued through Sep-Oct including occasional swarms of volcanic-tectonic quakes (such as on 10 Oct), but overall earthquake activity has been showing a slowly decreasing trend. The volcano remains to be closely monitored.
Ubinas (Peru): Surface and seismic activity have calmed down recently and are near background levels.