Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.2 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

6.2 Earthquake hits the Volcano Islands off Japan.

5.2 Earthquake hits Arizona, USA.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.


Wildfires – USA

Arizona – A wildfire that has charred nearly 8 square miles in eastern Arizona’s White Mountains held steady Saturday, though the human-caused blaze has not been brought under control at all, officials said.

Communities mostly populated with summer homes remained under mandatory evacuation orders because of the fire about 135 miles east of Phoenix, near the New Mexico line, which was reported around noon Thursday. There have been no reported injuries, and no new evacuations or notices to be ready to flee have been issued.

Nine Hotshot crews, 12 engines, five heavy air tankers and a helicopter were fighting the fire on part of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation and in the national forest.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean:

Tropical depression 4-E is moving quickly west-northwestward away from Mexico.

A area of disturbed weather over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream current off the Southeast U.S. coast has been designated Invest 91L. Satellite loops on Saturday morning showed 91L with only a small amount of heavy thunderstorm activity that was poorly organized. There was no hint of a surface circulation trying to form.


Ebola outbreak now most deadly ever in West Africa

 West Africa’s first-ever Ebola outbreak in humans is now the most deadly and geographically widespread outbreak on record and is threatening to spread, health officials say.

According to the latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), there have been more than 635 cases of Ebola across three countries in the region since the outbreak was first declared in southeastern Guinea in March. It has since spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. At least 400 people have died.

The virus, one of the world’s most virulent, is transmitted by contact with the blood, fluids or tissues of infected animals or people. It causes high fever, vomiting, muscle pain and diarrhea, and can result in unstoppable internal bleeding and organ failure.

Transmission risk is especially high among doctors, nurses and other health care workers. There is no vaccine for it, nor any known cure.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): Activity remains elevated. A high level of magma causes continuous spattering and many strombolian eruptions from several vents on the crater terrace. Frequent rockfalls are occurring on the Sciara del Fuoco, but (so far at least) no new lava overflows.

Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): A stronger phase of activity is occurring at the volcano. During the past 24 hours, 4 vulcanian-type explosions were registered, ejecting ash plumes to up to 13,000 ft (4.2 km) altitude. In addition, the volcano has continuous phases of ash emissions following the explosions. Ash plumes, some of them relatively thick have been drifting S, SE and E. Compared to last year, the volcano has been less active, however. So far, there have been approx. 240 recorded eruptions (explosions), while this number last year at the same time was already almost double (435).

Kilauea (Hawai’i): A new lava breakout occurred Friday early morning (local time) from a new vent on the outer northern flank of Pu’u ‘O’o crater. It feeds a new lava flow with several branches headed to the north and northeast. The most advanced of the them traveled to the NW and had quickly reached a length of approx 1 km yesterday, but has not advanced much since. The event was marked by a sudden deflation of the cone, indicating that magma drained from underneath the Pu’u ‘O’o crater terrace and moved to the new vent. This rapid drop in magma level under the crater terrace resulted in the collapse of several of the spatter cones. Until yesterday, these had been the site of frequent overflows and were feeding the Kahaual’a2 flow field. Overall, activity at the volcano has been relatively stable over the past months, with good magma supply to both the summit lava lake in Halema’uma’u and the Pu’u ‘O’o vents on the eastern rift zone in 10 km distance. The new vent at Pu’u ‘O’o is simply a change in the surface configuration of vents for Kilauea’s continued magma supply.