Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.4 Earthquake hits Iceland.

5.1 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.


Nepal – Heavy rain and snowfall in Nepal have disrupted flights and power supply across the country. A French National died after falling from 4 200 metres while returning after scaling Mera Peak.

Thailand – Floods ravage two provinces in the South of the country. Several parts of Phatthalung and Nakhon Si Thammarat have been flooded after persistent heavy rainfall started on Saturday night. At least two people are missing in the floods. Soldiers were mobilised to help with evacuations.


Wildfires – Australia

Lives and homes are in danger from an out-of-control bushfire burning at Whiteman Park in Perth’s north-east.

An emergency warning has been issued for people in the parts of Brabham and Henley Brook bounded by Lord Street, Henley Street, Murray Street and Woollcott Street, in the City of Swan.

Firefighters are working to contain the blaze, and aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Fogo (Cape Verde): Lava emission has slowed down a lot, sign the eruption could be over soon. For more than 5 days, no significant explosive activity and only minor lava effusion was observed at the vents. On the other hand, magmatic SO2 (sulfur dioxide) emissions remain high and even increased from 7,500 to 9,000 tons per day. That could mean that a new batch of magma is on the rise and lead to a rejuvenation of the volcanic activity. The next days will probably tell. The lava front stopped 600 m from what was once Bangaeira village, at 3.5 km distance from the next inhabited place, Fernao Gomes village, which could be at risk if the lava flows resume from there. On the other hand, if the old channels and tubes have now been blocked, which is likely the case due to lack of supply, new flows would need to re-start from the source and travel all the way to there first. In other hand, the threat to villages on the eastern coast now seems minimal.

Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): The volcano has been relatively active recently. Lava-rich explosions can often be seen even on webcams as the screenshot from an explosion on Friday shows.