Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits Antofagasto, Chile.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands off New Zealand.

5.4 Earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Nicobar Islands off India.

5.2 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Nicobar Islands off india.

5.0 Earthquake hits Lake Tanganyika, Central-East Africa.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North island, New Zealand.

5.0 Earthquake bits the Nicobar Islands off India.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.


Colombia – Floods and landslides in Colombia have claimed the lives of at least 38 people and left 18,000 homeless. Flooding and landslides have also put five of Colombia’s 32 states on red alert. Worst damages have been reported in Antioquia, Valle de Cauca, and Cauca States.


Portugal: Legionnaire’s disease outbreak

An outbreak of the bacterial infection, Legionnaire’s disease, has sickened more than a hundred (120) and killed four people in the central Portuguese region of Vila Franca de Xira, a municipality in the Lisbon District.

Many of the cases are being treated in Lisbon.

The Portuguese authorities are seeking out the source of the outbreak. Samples have been taken from the area’s drinking water supply and disinfection of water tanks has been ordered. The Secretary of State for Health has warned the population to avoid taking showers or using Jacuzzis or hot-tubs until the source of the infection has been identified.

Legionnaires’ disease gained national notoriety in 1976 when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered it during an epidemic of pneumonia among American legion members at a convention in Philadelphia.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Zhupanovsky (Kamchatka, Russia): A new phase of eruptions started on 8 Nov. An initial explosion at 21:55 (UTC) on 7 Nov produced an ash plume that rose to approx. 10 km altitude and drifted SE. Several smaller explosions with ash emissions have been following during the past days. A plume can be seen extending over 250 km length to the southeast from Kamchatka. After having downgraded it for only 2 days to yellow, KVERT raised the volcano’s status again to orange.

Dukono (Halmahera): During our stay at the volcano from 8-10 Nov, there were no explosions, but the volcano produced vigorous constant ash venting from at least 2 vents inside the crater. The ash plume was rising 200-400 meters and drifting to the southeast.

Sabancaya volcano (Peru) A pilot reported an ash plume yesterday rising to approx. 6 km altitude. Webcam imagery shows a degassing plume mixed with possibly light ash content. Seimic activity is elevated. (VAAC Buenos Aires)

Bagana volcano (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea) Eruptive activity at the volcano continues. Several ash plumes were observed on satellite imagery during the past days, indicating continuing explosions. VAAC Darwin estimated the altitude of the ash plumes extending several tens of km to the south at 10,000 ft (3 km).