Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.9 Earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.4 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.2 Earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Cayman Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Samoa.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Storm Norbert is located about 165 mi…265 km S of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…80 mph…130 km/h. Present movement…NW or 325 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

Hazards affecting land: wind…tropical storm conditions are expected to reach the southern portion of the warning area by this afternoon…and spread northward within the warning area through early Friday. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area on Friday. Rainfall…Norbert is expected to produce rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches over the southern part of the Baja California peninsula through Friday. Surf…large swells will affect portions of the southwestern coast of Mexico today. The swells will gradually spread northward into the southern Gulf of California and along the coast of southern Baja California sur through Friday. These swells will produce dangerous surf conditions and rip currents.

NewsBytes:

China – Heavy rains, flooding and landslides in south-west China have killed at least ten people, while 30 others are missing. The deluge has led to significant damage to homes and farms – and forced some 22-thousand people to evacuate elsewhere. Other parts of China are also being battered by storms, causing widespread power cuts. Beijing is also on storm alert.

Mexico – Tropical Storm Dolly floods roads, closes schools on Mexico’s Gulf Coast.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Bardarbunga (Iceland): It is far from clear what is currently happening at the eruption. Tremor (indicator of magma moving) stopped yesterday evening around 21:30 local time and has not reappeared according to the Icelandic Met Office. This could indicate that the eruption is subsiding although webcam imagery suggested it continued with no apparent big change during the night. Authorities are on alert for a possible subglacial eruption.

Kilauea (Hawai’i): According to officials, the June 27th lava flow has reemerged for the second time from a huge ground crack along Kilauea’s east rift zone, this time approximately 13.2 km (8.2 miles) from the vent and 1.3 km (0.8 miles) from the eastern boundary of the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve, but still continues moving through the ground crack to within 1.1 km (0.7 miles) from the boundary. The inhabited area under immediate threat, Kaohe Homesteads, consists mainly of farms who are already relocating cows, horses, goats & sheep due to increased emissions and smoke from burning forest. The Civil Defense plans to issue an evacuation notice 5 days before lava is expected to hit the community, but with natural variability there will be some guesswork involved. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory plans to increase the alert level from a “watch” to “warning” status within the next day or so, which will trigger Civil Defense to close the area to all non-residents. Looking ahead, the town of Pahoa and the main highway into the lower Puna district could be under threat next, and authorities are already considering construction on alternate routes should this look likely to happen.