Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.0 Earthquake hits central Peru.

5.5 Earthquake hits near the coast of southern Peru.

5.4 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits Iceland.

5.0 Earthquake hits western Turkey.

5.0 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Bonin Islands off Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Hurricane Marie is located about 255 mi…415 km WSW of Socorro island and about 470 mi…755 km SW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…145 mph…230 km/h. Present movement…NW or 305 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Hazards affecting land: Surf…swells generated by Marie are affecting the southwestern coast of Mexico…the southern part of the Baja California peninsula…and the southern Gulf of California. These swells will spread northwestward along the West Coast of the Baja California peninsula today…and will reach Southern California by Tuesday. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions…as well as minor coastal flooding.

Tropical Storm Cristobal is located about 120 mi…195 km ENE of San Salvador and about 715 mi…1150 km SW of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…NNE or 15 degrees at 2 mph…4 km/h.

Hazards affecting land: rainfall…Cristobal is expected to produce rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches over the Turks and Caicos Islands…as well as portions of the southeastern and central Bahamas through Tuesday…with isolated amounts around 12 inches possible. Minor flooding has been reported near Pirates Cove on Mayaguana island during the past several hours.

NewsBytes:

India – The flood situation has deteriorated in Assam’s Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts with seven deaths reported from the area where three lakh people remain affected, officials said on Sunday. State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) officials said floods have upset lives of people in over 1,000 villages in 15 districts of the state.

Disease

Ebola outbreak confirmed by DR Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed that an outbreak of haemorrhagic fever in the north of the country has been identified as Ebola.

Health Minister Felix Numbi told the BBC that tests on two people had confirmed the disease in Equateur province, where 13 had already died.

But he said the deaths occurred in an isolated area and the disease seemed a different strain to West Africa’s.

Dr Numbi said a quarantine zone was being set up to contain the disease.

The cases are the first reported outside West Africa since the outbreak there began.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Bárdarbunga (Iceland):The seismic crisis in Bárðarbunga and Dyngjujökull continues strongly. Today alone, more than 400 quakes of magnitudes up to 4 were detected, mostly at the N end of the active intrusion that has been going on. The location of the quakes indicating the front of the magma intrusion (dyke) continues to advance northwards. Its tip is now outside the glacier and approaching the Askja caldera. In case of an eruption, it is now more likely that at least some of it occurs on land (and not under the glacier).

Popocatépetl volcano (Mexico): The volcano had a phase of stronger activity this morning, but overall this remains similar to the past months. A discrete explosion ejected an ash plume approx 1 km high and a phase of strong steaming, possibly with some ash emissions, occurred this morning.

Tungurahua volcano (Ecuador) activity update Intermittent explosive activity of moderate size continues at the volcano. An ash emission to flight level 280, i.e. 28,000 ft (8 km) altitude and drifting west was reported today.