Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.5 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Nicobar Islands off India.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vancouver Island, Canada.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the South Indian Ocean:

Tropical Cyclone Hellen made landfall Monday, bringing heavy rain to Madagascar, having weakened rapidly just before landfall after undergoing a period of equally rapid intensification over the weekend when Hellen was packing 10-minute average winds as high as 145 miles per hour – the equivalent of about 150 miles per hour, or a Category 4 hurricane.

Forecasters at La Reunion said Hellen is forecast to continue a right turn, taking it westward across the Mozambique Channel toward the mainland African nation of Mozambique without much restrengthening. The agency’s Monday morning bulletin suggested Hellen could even dissipate over Madagascar without making it back over water.

NewsBytes:

Hong Kong – A rare hailstorm hurled golf ball-sized balls of ice at Hong Kong last night, punching holes in the roof of a Kowloon shopping mall accompanied by heavy rains.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): Recently discovered dinosaur footprints in volcanic ash layers on a remote island volcano challenge the widely accepted theory that dinosaurs got extinct 65 million years ago. Some of them might have survived for much longer.

Kilauea (Hawai’i): No significant changes in Kilaueas eruption activity over the past week – although the lava lake rose slightly to about 46m (151ft) below the floor of Halema`uma`u crater.

The northeast spatter cone complex continued to feed the Kahauale`a 2 lava flow, though this flow is still not legally or safely accessible. Smoke plumes from forest fires during the day and glowing spots at night confirm that the flow remains active on the East Rift Zone of Kilauea.