Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.4 Earthquake hit the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.
5.4 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.
5.0 Earthquake hits Iceland.
5.0 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.
5.0 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
Tropical storm Odile formed on Wednesday off Mexico’s Pacific Coast and is due to strengthen overnight as it moves toward the famous beach resort of Acapulco, which was hit hard by storms and record flooding last year.
On Wednesday morning, Odile was about 220 miles (350 km) south-south-west of the port of Lazaro Cardenas. Odile was moving at three miles per hour (5 km per hour) with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph). The storm is forecast to strengthen in the next 48 hours, though the centre will remain offshore of Mexico’s southwest coast through early Friday.
USA Midwest – Powerful late-summer storms sparked warnings of life-threatening flash floods and reports of several tornadoes across the Midwest overnight. The wild weather battered Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, and parts of Missouri got 10 inches of rain dumped on it overnight. The rains hit areas of Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska the hardest, prompting flood warnings by the National Weather Service. Several people had to be rescued from the rising waters. Five tornadoes were reported Tuesday night in Missouri, mainly in the northwest of the state.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
Bardarbunga (Iceland): No significant changes have occurred. The eruptive activity at Holuhraun continues at similar levels as during the previous days. Lava fountains were strong from the central vents on the main fissure this morning.
Karymsky (Kamchatka): Intermittent strombolian to vulcanian explosions continue from the volcano and produce ash plumes that sometimes are spotted on satellite imagery. A plume was reported this morning rising to 7,000 ft (2.1 km) altitude (Tokyo VAAC).
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): The explosive activity at the volcano has been elevated compared to most of the previous months. An average of 4-5 vulcanian explosions have been occurring daily. A strong eruption yesterday produced an ash plume that rose to 15,000 ft (4.5 km) altitude (VAAC Tokyo).
Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): A small ash eruption occurred yesterday evening. An ash plume rose to approx 2 km altitude.