Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits central Alaska.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Celebes Sea.

5.2 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Carlsberg ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical storm 21w (Sinlaku), located approximately 210 nm southeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, and is tracking westward at 11 knots.


France – The flash flooding in France has now claimed the lives of three people and left two others missing. The fatalities are from Mediterranean towns of La Londe-les-Maures, Grimaud and Hyeres. Tornadoes in Serignan and Nissan-les-Enserune in the Herault department injured ten people.

China – Another landslide in southwest China’s Yunnan Province has claimed the lives of six people. A separate landslide blocked a 110-meter-long section of railroad of the Nanning-Guangzhou Railway.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Fogo (Cape Verde): Activity, after having slowed down a bit yesterday, picked up again this morning, as a new vent opened above the eruption fissure. Lava fountaining and associated lava effusion mainly occur from the lower vent, while the upper one shows strombolian explosions, strong degassing and ash emissions. As typical for flank eruptions, eruptive activity has by now concentrated to and continues from two vents (as compared to 6 active ones on the first day).

Zhupanovsky (Kamchatka, Russia): A moderately strong ash emission occurred this morning. A plume at 20,000 ft (6 km) drifted east. Weaker ash venting continued afterwards. (Tokyo VAAC).

Aso (Kyushu): Activity at the volcano picked up and went through an intense phase of strong, continuous ash emissions Wednesday. An ash plume rose to approx. 3 km altitude, according to Tokyo VAAC.