Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits the Bay of Bengal.

5.5 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Ceram Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

USA – Flash floods closed sections of interstates in Ohio as a system of thunderstorms deluged the Midwest on Wednesday afternoon and evening. Storm heads for the Southern Plains, but won’t end drought. A large, low-pressure system cut off from the jet stream has formed over the Southwest and looks to bring several inches of rain to the Southern Plains. It will slowly trundle across the region over the next few days, pulling up juicy, moisture-laden air from over the Gulf of Mexico. Included in the areas that could see rain are the Texas Panhandle and western Oklahoma, two areas that have been in a drought for several years and are currently in extreme and exceptional drought.

Balkans – The widespread catastrophic floods in the Balkans are receding, leaving billions in damages to be dealt with by the fragile Balkan economies.

Environment

Rare Sight: Colorado River Reaches Gulf

For the first time in 16 years, freshwater from the Colorado River has flowed into the salty waters of the Gulf of California.

On Thursday (May 15) a high tide surged past a stubborn sandbar and connected the river with the Sea of Cortez, said Francisco Zamora, director of the Colorado River Delta Legacy Program for the Sonoran Institute. Because of water use upstream, little flow from the 1,450-mile Colorado River [2,330 kilometres] has reached the sea in 50 years.

The reunion is the end of a 53-day journey for the long-planned Colorado River pulse flow, an artificial flood meant to restore the river’s parched delta. The water comes from an international agreement called Minute 319. The plan allocates about 1 percent of the river’s flow to a five-year experiment that will mimic spring floods in the delta. The goal is bring back the plants and animals that once thrived in the river’s outlet.

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Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): Following the partial collapse of the upper part of the Caliente lava dome on 9 May, the activity of Santiaguito has remained relatively low. It consisted mainly in degassing, sometimes interrupted by weak to moderate explosions, and continuing rockfalls in the upper part of the dome.

Fuego (Guatemala): Activity has remained elevated but with a decreasing trend. INSIVUMEH reports weak to moderate strombolian explosions that eject incandescent material to up to 100 m above the crater and produces ash plumes of aup to 500 m height. The lava flow towards the Barranca Taniluyá was reduced to a length of 150 meters. Heavy rainfall generated lahars channeled into the river beds of Las Lajas and El Jute, carrying volcanic material and blocks of different sizes.