Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.9 Earthquake hits New Britain, papua New Guinea.

5.4 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.4 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Nicobar islands off India.

5.3 Earthqauke hits Guatemala.

5.2 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 Earthquake hits Mato de Grosso Do Sul, Brazil.

5.2 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Iceland.

5.1 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits Greece.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 05b (Five), located approximately 496 nm south of Calcutta, India, has tracked west-northwestward at 03

Tropical Storm 20w (Nuri), For 24 hours, Nuri was a category 5 monster storm with maximum sustained winds of 180 mph, tying with Typhoon Vongfong as the strongest cyclone of the season. But Nuri may actually make a name for itself after it loses its tropical characteristics when it moves north into the Bering Sea. When it gets there, all the warm, tropical air it’s pushing around will crash into a mountain of cold air and cause a violent explosion of meteorological energy that could propel this storm into history. The National Weather Service in Anchorage says that during that so-called “bombogenesis” the storm’s central pressure — an important measure of intensity — will deepen from 970 MB late Thursday to between 918 to 922 MB late Friday.The Aleutian Islands will be pummeled with 40 to 50 foot waves and wind gusts of up to 100 mph. This storm is so strong that it will also cause the jet stream to plunge south, bringing cold temperatures to a huge part of the U.S.


Switzerland – A landslide in Switzerland has claimed the lives of at least two people. The landslide buried the house in a heavily wooded area in Bombinasco.

Malaysia – Flash floods and landslides at Malaysian hill station Cameron Highlands have claimed the lives of at least three people. The landslide at Ringlet and Bertam Valley buried two and flash floods in Kuala Terla killed one person.

Uganda – The recent floods in western Uganda have displaced over 16,000 people. Heavy rainfall caused the River Semliki burst its banks and affected the western Ugandan district of Ntoroko.

Italy – In Italy, hundreds of residents have been evacuated from the northern Tuscan city of Carrara after heavy rainfall led to widespread flooding. Around 180 millimetres of rain fell in three hours, flooding the lower floors of many houses and factories in Carrara, famous for its marble.


Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 108.7 degrees Fahrenheit (42.6 degrees Celsius) at Mandora, Western Australia.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 61.8 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 52.1 degrees Celsius) at Russia’s Vostok Antarctic research station.

Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.


Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

Between 27 and 30 October 2014, the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia (KSA) notified WHO of 12 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 3 deaths.

Ebola Update – Texas

As of midnight Friday, it was 21 days since anyone got Ebola or was in contact with someone who got Ebola.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Zhupanovsky (Kamchatka, Russia): KVERT reported that the eruption at Zhupanovsky had likely finished in mid-October; satellite images last detected an explosion on 11 October and a thermal anomaly on 12 October.

Volcanologists conducting an overflight on 17 October observed only gas-and-steam activity from the active crater. The Aviation Color Code was lowered to Yellow.

Ontake-san (Honshu): White plumes rose 100-300 m above the crater rim and drifted NE and SE during 29-30 October and 4 November. The Alert Level remained at 3 (on a scale of 1-5).

Mayon (Luzon Island): PHIVOLCS reported that during 28 October-4 November white plumes rose from Mayon’s crater and drifted SW, WSW, WNW, and NW, sometimes down the flanks. Weak incandescence from the crater was noted at night on 28 October.

A few volcanic earthquakes and rockfall signals were recorded during 29-31 October and 4 November. A 4 November report noted that ground deformation had been detected since the beginning of 2014.