Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.1 Earthquake hits the northern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 03s (Bakung), located approximately 466 nm west-northwest of Cocos Island, and is tracking west-northwestward at 08 knots.


Algeria – A violent storm in Algeria has claimed the life of one person and left three others missing. A boat with a crew consisting of a captain and three others was hit by a huge wave of ten meters high. Rescue operations are continuing for the missing sailors.

Indonesia – A landslide triggered by torrential rain killed at least 17 people and left 107 others missing on Indonesia’s main island of Java. About 105 houses were buried when mud rolled down from surrounding hills late Friday into Jemblung village in Banjarnegara district of Central Java province.

Los Angeled, USA – A Pacific storm pounded Southern California with heavy rain and high winds on Friday, triggering flash floods and mudslides that prompted the evacuation of hundreds of homes, damaged dozens of others and disrupted passenger rail service along the coast.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): During our recent expedition to Batu Tara, we witnessed a spectacular increase in activity during the night 3-4 Nov, culminating in a small pyroclastic flow triggered by a collapsing lava fountain and increased effusive activity from the dome.

Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): Activity has remained low – there is no lava effusion. At the vents in the summit craters, there are occasional small explosions and strong degassing. Tremor is low, and CO2 emissions have decreased a bit over the past weeks. Access to the area above 400 m remains closed.

Fogo (Cape Verde): Volcanic activity continues, but the advance of the lava flows has slowed down to approx. 5 meters per hour and it seems that the effusion rate has diminished. The abundant presence of gases and ash in the area of the Cha das Caldeiras caldera prompts authorities to maintain a total access restriction.