Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.9 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.
5.4 Earthquake hits North Island, New Zealand.
5.3 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
5.3 Earthquake hits Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.
5.1 Earthquake hits the west Chile rise.
5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.
5.0 Earthquake hits Iceland.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
Tropical depression 16w (Fung-Wong), located approximately 402 nm west-southwest of Sasebo, Japan, and is tracking northward at 09 knots.
India – Landslides and flash floods in Meghalaya, India have claimed the lives of at least seven people. Heavy rainfall caused flash floods in the Garo Hills district of Meghalaya inundating over 100 villages and affecting over one lakh people.
2014 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum – Animation
Please follow this link to view an animation of the shrinking Arctic sea ice.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
The fissure eruption in Holuhraun continues with similar intensity as during the past days and shows no sign of stopping soon. The latest satellite images indicate that the lava now flows into two main branches, one (the older one) to the north and a new one to the east. Astonishing lava volumes: The lava flows erupted since the beginning cover around 37 square km and comprise a total volume of 0.4-0.6 cubic kilometres. If compared to an explosive eruption (for which the VEI scale was designed) using the Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) scale, the eruption has already reached the category VEI 5. It has so far erupted about the same volume of magma as the 1980 Mt. St. Helens eruption.