Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.1 Earthquake hits Guerrero, Mexico.
5.6 Earthquake hits Fiji.
5.4 Earthquake hits the Sumbawa Region, Indonesia.
5.3 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
5.1 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.
5.1 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.
5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.
5.0 Earthquake hits the Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea.
5.0 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.
No current tropical storms.
Saudi Arabia – A sudden storm in the Saudi city of Makkah on Thursday evening caused flash floods and wreaked havoc. The neighbourhoods of Shawqiya, Om Al Jowd and Al Taniiem as well as elevated areas were hit by the storm that recalled a similar disaster that happened years ago. Light to heavy rains have also fell over Taif, Madinah, Jeddah and others parts of western Saudi Arabia. Dozens of vehicles were carried away by the floods while onlookers watched helplessly.
Cyprus – Non-stop rain yesterday flooded a dozen homes and caused minor traffic accidents on slippery roads.
Missouri, USA – Strong, fast moving thunderstorms spun up at least one tornado in southwest Missouri Thursday afternoon.
Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Victoria, Australia
Three people have contracted the potentially deadly legionnaires’ disease in Melbourne west.
Early symptoms are flu-like, and include headache, fever, chills, confusion and muscle aches and pains.
These initial symptoms develop into respiratory problems and pneumonia within three or four days, with the full onset of the disease within 10 days of infection.
People aged over 50, heavy smokers or drinkers, diabetics, people with chronic lung disease and people with immune system deficiencies are at the highest risk.
Fifteen Victorians have contracted the illness this year, which is down from 23 at the same time in 2013.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
Cerro Negro de Mayasquer volcano (Colombia) activity update
The seismic crisis under the volcano continues. Thousands of small earthquakes, both volcano-tectonic (due to rock fracturing caused by magma pressure) and long-period (due to fluid movements) earthquakes continue to be registered. Colombian and Ecuadorian scientists believe it could be related to shallow magma intrusions. At present, no other signs of unrest that could suggest an eruption in a near or medium future have been detected.