Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.9 Earthquake hits Guam.

5.7 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.6 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Panama.

5.0 Earthquake hits Iceland.

5.0 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Storm Odile is located about 65 mi…100 km S of Puerto Penasco Mexico with maxximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…NE or 35 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

Hazards affecting land – wind…tropical storm conditions will spread northward over portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area through today. Storm surge…a storm surge could still produce significant coastal flooding in areas of onshore winds. Near the coast…the surge will be accompanied by large and damaging waves. Rainfall…Odile is expected to produce rainfall amounts of 6 to 12 inches with isolated maximum totals of around 18 inches across Sonora. These rains are likely to result in life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. Abundant moisture ahead of Odile will increase heavy rains and the threat for flash flooding for the southwestern United States over the next several days. Surf…swells from Odile will affect portions of the southwestern coast of Mexico during the next couple of days…and are affecting portions of the Baja California peninsula and the Gulf of California. These swells will likely cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Hurricane Edouard is located about 575 mi…925 km ENE of Bermuda and about 1490 mi…2395 km W of Fayal island in the western Azores with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…NE or 35 degrees at 20 mph…31 km/h.

Hazards affecting land – surf…swells from Edouard will affect portions of the East Coast of the United States north of Florida beginning today. These swells will likely cause life-threatening rip current conditions along most of the United States East Coast for the next couple of days.

Tropical Storm Kalmaegi is located approximately 67 nm of Hanoi, Vietnam, and is tracking west-northwestward at 20 knots. The fail warning has been issued for this systemm.

Tropical Storm Polo is located about 185 mi…295 km S of Zihuatanejo Mexico and about 310 mi…495 km SSE of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Hazards affecting land – wind…tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area by late today. Surf…swells generated by Polo will affect portions of the southern coast of Mexico during the next few days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.


Uganda – Floods sweeping across eastern Uganda have destroyed thousands of hectares of crops, aid officials said Tuesday, warning that tens of thousands of people in the East African nation could face a severe food shortage in the coming months.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Bardarbunga (Iceland): Eruptive activity at the Holuhraun fissure is decreasing and many believe that it might end within some days. This does not necessarily mean that the eruption & crisis is over, however, but could be just a pause.

Mayon volcano (Philippines): The volcano could to be heading towards a new eruption. PHILVOLCS raised the alert level of the volcano was raised from 2 to 3 (on a scale of 1-5) on 15 Sep, following increased seismic activity and observation of small incandescent rockfalls on the southeastern upper flank. The presence of low-frequency earthquakes suggests that magma has started to rise within the volcano, which would explain the recently observed lava dome and the glowing rockfalls during recent days, which in turn likely originated from it. The exclusion zone around Mayon has been extended to 6 km around the whole volcano and 7 km on the most exposed southeastern sector. This area is most at risk, if dangerous pyroclastic flows (hot avalanches of fragmented lava from the dome, mixed with hot air and gasses) develop.

Stromboli volcano (Eolian Islands, Italy): Lava effusion continues with little changes overall. During the past weeks, the main lava flow has been traveling in the central part of the Sciara where it is mostly hidden from the webcam. The main flow front almost reached the sea again last night and this morning, but stopped shortly before the shoreline. Beneath the vent at 650 m elevation, occasional overflows occur to feed small secondary flows on the northern upper part. This was visible on the publicly available INGV webcam located at 400 m elevation.