Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.4 Earthquake hits the Canary Islands (El Hierro).
5.3 Earthquake hits the Canary Islands (El Hierro).
5.3 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.
5.1 Earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.
5.1 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.
5.0 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.
Tropical cyclone (tc) 05s (five), located approximately 306 nm north-northeast of Port Hedland, Australia, has tracked south-southwestward. Maximum sustained surface winds were estimated at 35 knots gusting to 45 knots.
A cyclone warning has been issued for coastal areas of Western Australia, with Bureau of Meteorology forecasters expecting a tropical low off the coast of Broome to strengthen over the weekend into a category 3 storm.
Heavy rain and gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour are expected to hit the WA coast between Kuri Bay and Broome this afternoon and further extend to De Grey north of Port Hedland by Sunday morning.
Wild weather on the Canary Islands has claimed the lives of at least two people including an 11-year-old girl who were drowned when they were swept away by waves on La Graciosa Island.
The toll from heavy rains and flooding in Brazil’s southeast states of Espirito Santo and Minas Gerais climbed to 45, authorities said.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:
El Hierro volcano (Canary Islands): The situation has been calm over night after yesterday’s M5.1 earthquake off to the west. Except abundant rockfalls and smaller landslides, the quake has not caused major damage or injuries, fortunately. Some local roads in the El Golfo area near steep cliffs have been closed. On the island itself, the signs of volcanic unrest have decreased since yesterday afternoon: tremor, still present, has decreased in strength, earthquakes have been mostly absent under the central/SE part of the island, and deformation seems to be stagnating. Whether this is a pause or sign of the near end of the current crisis is too early to say. IGN also lists the earthquake now, as a magnitude 5.1 event at 15 km depth NW off the island, i.e. on the western rift zone axis.