Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.6 Earthquake hits the Kapulauan Mentawai region, Indonesia.
5.3 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
5.2 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.
5.2 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands off New Zealand.
5.0 Earthquake hits near the south coast of Papua, Indonesia.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
No current tropical storms.
Morocco – Wind and torrential rain pounded the Casablanca area of Morocco claiming two lives. At least four people were injured.
Ecuador – A landslide at the construction site of the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric power plant the in Amazon region of Ecuador has claimed the lives of at least 13 people.
Wildfires – Australia
Two bushfires in South Australia have been contained this morning after the Country Fire Service (CFS) issued their first emergency warning of the season.
The fire at the iconic Barossa Valley winemaking district is still continuing and has burnt 1436 hectares, but no lives or homes are under threat at the moment.
The first fire broke out in a paddock near Angaston just after 11.30am (ACST), with the flames driven by 70km/h winds.
Less than three hours later, another fire whipped up at nearby Springton, pushing crews even further.
The CFS issued a bushfire emergency warning at 1pm (ACST), but the fire has now been contained with approximately 675 hectares of grass burnt from the blaze.
Multiple bushfires are also burning in Australia’s Victoria state, fanned by strong winds and high temperatures.
The fires are affecting the north-east of the state, including one close to Boweya, near Wangaratta. The state fire chief says some property and stock losses have been reported.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
Ijen (East Java, Indonesia): Impressions from our last expedition, which included a night-time visit at Ijen volcano to see the famous blue flames.
Kilauea (Hawai’i): HVO reported that the active branch of the June 27th lava flow remains very active and advanced at an average of 285 meters per day. It is now only about 1.5 km (0.9 mi) from the Pahoa Marketplace, located near the intersection of Highway 130 and Pāhoa Village Road.
Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): No significant changes in activity have occurred recently. The volcano has occasional small explosions producing steam and ash plumes, and lava continues to arrive and slowly fill the inner summit crater, resulting in glow visible at night.