Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.5 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Philippine Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits southern Italy.

5.0 Earthquake hits Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

Indian Ocean:

Tropical cyclone Christine is located approximately 45 nm west of Port Hedland, Australia, tracking south-southwestward at 10 knots.

Christine is expected to make imminent landfall approximately 195 nm east of Learmonth. After landfall, remnants of tc Christine will accelerate southeastward and rapidly erode then dissipate due to land interaction.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 06s (bejisa), located approximately 620 nm north-northwest of La Reunion, has intensified and tracked southward at 05 knots moving away from land.


Rain, snow and floods hit Mexico – Almost five days of heavy rain has caused floods and landslides across the southern state of Tabasco this weekend.


Fire burning near homes in NSW, Australia

An emergency alert has been issued for an out-of-control bushfire burning near homes on the NSW north coast burning in the Lennox Head area near Byron Bay Road and Tobin Close. The fire was being pushed by high winds really quickly towards the threatened homes. Residents were being asked to vacate their homes.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Etna (Sicily, Italy): The 21st paroxysm at the New SE crater is in progress, but has still to reach its climax. At the moment, violent continuous strombolian explosions or low pulsating lava fountains occur at the summit vent and a lava flow has started to issue from the fissure vent on the SE flank of the cone.

San Miguel (El Salvador): A new eruption began at the volcano this morning at 10:50 am local time. A strong vulcanian-type explosion produced an ash plume of unknown but considerable (several km) height. According to local press, ash fall was expected in the town of Chinameca and Civil Protection has begun evacuations of families residing in a radius of 3 km around the volcano.

Chaparrastique volcano eruption El Salvador photo