Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 Earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.8 Earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.4 Earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.2 Earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.2 Earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.1 Earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Hurricane Norbert is located about 95 mi…155 km W of Cabo San Lazaro Mexico and about 220 mi…360 km SSE of Punta eugenia Mexico with maximum sustained winds…120 mph…195 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

Hazards affecting land: wind…tropical storm conditions are expected to continue spreading northward within the Tropical Storm Warning areas through Sunday. Rainfall…Norbert is expected to produce additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches over the southern part of the Baja California peninsula through Sunday. Isolated maximum storm total amounts of 10 inches are possible. Surf…large swells associated with Norbert affecting portions of the southwestern coast of Mexico and the southern portion of the Gulf of California should gradually subside today. Large swells affecting the coast of the southern Baja California peninsula will spread northward along the West Coast of the peninsula through the weekend. These swells will produce dangerous surf conditions and rip currents.


Pakistan – At least 73 people have been killed across Pakistan after heavy rains brought flash floods and caused homes to collapse in the Punjab and Kashmir regions, government officials said Friday. Most deaths occurred in the city of Lahore.

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Foot and Mouth Disease in Zimbabwe

A serious outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease has hit Masvingo province forcing abattoirs to shut down and authorities to restrict the movement of cattle in five of the province’s seven rural districts.

The outbreak will have a serious negative effect on rural farmers who depend on cattle revenue to settle school fees for their children.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Bardarbunga (Iceland): Eruptive activity remains strong at the main fissure. A subglacial eruption is becoming more and more likely. The new fissures, first observed early this morning, are approx 1-2 km long and there are some indications that some activity could have started beneath the Dyngjujökull glacial ice (perhaps increased gas emissions only at the moment); the observed depression on the glacier have deepened – as a result of melting beneath, likely from new (eruptive?) fissures developing there.

Kilauea (Hawai’i): Lava flows continue to advance downhill through the jungle on a path that will miss Kaohe Homesteads, having first entered and overtopped several large ground cracks on Kilauea volcano’s east rift zone. The farthest lava front is now 13.3 km (8.3 miles) from the vent and 1.2 km (0.7 miles) from the east boundary of the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve, and moving northeast parallel to the boundary. The latest map issued shows 3 large flows moving away from the cracks, whose path will take them downhill parallel to the Forest Reserve boundary and the threatened community of Kaohe Homesteads. Issued maps for the first time have blue lines indicating probably flow direction based on topography, showing that without any major changes the current flow will advance around Kaohe and if it continues long enough, cross the highway just north of Pahoa.

Colima (Western Mexico): Although not making headlines, the volcano has remained quite active during the past months.