Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits Guatemala.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

Pacific Ocean:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 07p (Ian), located approximately 618 nm south of Pago Pago, is tracking south-southeastward at 12 knots. Tc Ian is expected to gradually weaken as it encounters increasing vertical wind shear and cooler sea surface temperatures.

Southern Indian Ocean:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 08s (Colin), has formed in the southern Indian Ocean and is located approximately 745 nm south-southeast of Diego Garcia, tracking southwestward at 07 knots.

The cyclone is expected to maintain its current intensity over the next 12 hours as low vertical wind shear (vws) and good outflow persist. Afterwards, cooling sea surface temperatures and increasing vws are expected to gradually weaken the system.

NewsBytes:

Four states in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia have been affected by annual monsoon floods. More than 1 000 families were evacuated in Kelantan.

Five villages in three tambons of Narathiwat’s Waeng district in Thailand have been hit by flash floods following two days of continuous rain.

Disease

Nipah Virus is Bangladesh

Health specialists have expressed concerns about a potential fresh outbreak of the deadly Nipah virus (NiV), following the confirmation of two recent deaths from NiV infection and four more suspected fatalities.

Laboratory tests at the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) has confirmed that two boys – aged 13 and 14 – died from NiV infection at Shibaloy and Ghior of Manikganj district on the last week of December last year.

Both of them died after being infected with the virus by drinking raw date-palm sap.

The NiV – an enveloped RNA virus belonging to genus Henipavirus – is a highly pathogenic paramyxovirus, which is transmitted by the drinking of virus-contaminated raw date palm sap or through close physical contact with Nipah infected patients.

The NiV infection has a fatality rate of 78%, with 148 people out of the 189 reported cases between 2001 and May 2013 – succumbing to the disease in the country.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Pacaya (Guatemala): According to INSIVUMEH, the eruption has considerably slowed down since last evening around 19:15 (local time), although weather prevented detailed observations. Activity at the summit decreased to moderate strombolian explosions with ejections reaching 100 m height and degassing. The tremor signal is still saturated, suggesting that the effusion of lava continues. A strong thermal anomaly, corresponding to the new lava flows, is now visible on satellite data. The ongoing eruption of the volcano involved the opening of at least two effusive fissure vents on the northern and southern base of the Mackenney cone (this info according to images and maps published by CONRED, although CONRED / INSIVUMEH at the same time report 3 vents on the east, west and south flank). These fissures feed two large (and possibly one smaller third) lava flows that have reached lengths of 3-5 km length and are several hundred metres wide at their fronts (up to 800 m on the western side). The lava flows have burned extensive areas of farmland and woods and are close to some villages.