Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits the Colombia-Ecuador border.

5.4 Earthquake hits northern Alaska.

5.3 Earthquake hits the central Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits the central Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 Earthquake hits Iceland.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Hurricane Ana is located about 215 mi…345 km SSE of French Frigate Shoals and about 400 mi…640 km W of Lihue Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 9 mph…14 km/h.

Hazards affecting land – wind…tropical storm conditions are expected over Necker island…French Frigate Shoals…and nearby waters Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday. Surf…large swells produced by Ana will build across the northwest Hawaiian islands through Wednesday.

NewsBytes:

Britain – Three dead as winds from hurricane Gonzalo batter Britain. Gusts of up to 70mph batter the British Isles as remnants of hurricane move in from Atlantic.

Mexico – Heavy rains brought by the remnants of Tropical Storm Trudy have caused mudslides and flooding in southern Mexico that left at least six people dead.

Environment

World’s Oceans Set All-Time Heat Record

For the third month this year, the world’s oceans set a record for the warmest they have ever been since at least 1880, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported on Monday.

September had the highest global average sea surface temperatures of any month on record since instrument record-keeping began, with a global average temperature of 61.1 degrees Fahrenheit. This was warm enough to set another milestone that had already been set two previous times this year; the average global sea surface temperature was so warm in September that it broke the all-time record for the highest departure from average for any month since 1880, at 1.19 degrees Fahrenheit above average.

This broke the previous record of 1.17 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than average set just one month ago, in August, and the previous record before that: 1.15 degrees Fahrenheit above average, set in June.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): Pyroclastic flows of small to moderate size continued to occur frequently during the past days. Canadian filmmaker Michael Dalton who was on location estimated 10-20 per day, most of them reaching lengths of 1-2 km and producing ash plumes rising approx. 2 km.