Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 Earthquake hits the Bonin Islands off Japan.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Philippine Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Alamagan region in the North Mariana Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean:

Tropical storm Douglas is located about 450 mi (720 km) SW of the southern tip of Baja California.

Tropical storm Elida is located about 105 mi (165 km) S of Manzanillo, Mexico. Elida is expected to become nearly stationary on Tuesday and meander off the coast of southwestern Mexico through Wednesday. The center of Elida and the strongest winds are expected to remain offshore of the coast of southwestern Mexico.

In the Atlantic:

Tropical depression One is located about 105 mi (170 km) SE of Cape Canaveral Florida. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the East Coast of Florida.

The area of disturbed weather over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, located about 130 miles east-northeast of Melbourne, Florida on Monday morning (Invest 91L), has grown more organized.

Heavy rains of at least 2 – 4″ will likely affect the Northwest Bahamas and eastern coast of Florida Monday through Wednesday. Heavier rains of 4 – 8″ are likely. Heavy rains of 2 – 4″ will spread to coastal Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina on Thursday and Friday, and tropical storm conditions are possible along the South Carolina and North Carolina coasts on Thursday and Friday.

Dry air, in combination with potentially moderate wind shear, will slow development of 91L. If 91L makes landfall over Florida on Tuesday or Wednesday, interaction with land will also interfere with development.


China – A landslide in SW China has claimed the life of a person and left 15 others missing. The landslide occurred in Fugong County in Yunnan Province.

Iowa, USA – A derecho, a violent wind event, swept from the Midwest to the western Great Lakes Monday, bringing hurricane-force wind gusts, reported tornadoes and heavy rain into Iowa and Nebraska.

The storms are blamed for one death just southwest of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where police say a man was trapped inside a collapsed building. Several people were injured during a minor league baseball game in Cedar Rapids when they were trying to put the tarp over the field.

In Illinois, flights were cancelled at Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway International airports and Commonwealth Edison reports electric power to thousands was disrupted by a derecho that moved across the area Monday afternoon. A second line of thunderstorms behind the derecho intensified as it moved from Iowa into Illinois and became extremely powerful as it crossed the southwestern suburbs of Chicago. Trees up to 50 feet tall were toppled and uprooted in Plainfield. 85 to 90 percent of the city of Morris, including its hospital, was without power late Monday evening after powerful storms knocked down hundreds of trees.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Nishino-shima (Volcano Islands): An explosive event occurred last night at the growing island volcano. VAAC Tokyo reported an ash plume at 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude drifting to the northeast.

Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): An unusually large collapse of parts of the still active lava flow occurred last night at around 19:30 local time and produced a large, dangerous pyroclastic flow that traveled approx. 4.5 km to the SE. There are no reports of injuries or fatalities, hopefully because no one was in the affected part of the exclusion zone. The flow had stopped in the immediate vicinity of the evacuated villages Berastapu and Sukanalu.

The collapse developed from the second lobe which has been active on the upper, steeper, and thus more prone to collapse, part of the slope on top of the older lobe. The pyroclastic flow also gave rise to an ash plume rising approx. 4 km.

Ubinas (Peru): A moderately sized vulcanian-type (sudden, vent-clearing) explosion occurred at the volcano this morning at 09:00 local time. An ash plume rose approx. 2 km from the crater and drifted east.