Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

5.0 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 05s (Bansi), located approximately 1224 nm southwest of Cocos Island, and is tracking east-southeastward at 35 knots.

Tropical depression 01w (Mekkhala), located approximately 142 nm east-southeast of Baguio, Philippines, and is tracking northward at 08 knots.


Philippines – A landslide triggered by heavy rains brought on by Tropical Storm “Mekkhala” has claimed the lives of at least 10 people. Rescue teams have saved at least 200 residents trapped by the landslide in Sitio Inang Maharang in Barangay Nagotgot, Manito, Albay.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Kliuchevskoi (Kamchatka): Mild strombolian activity continues at the summit crater, producing small ash plumes that drift one after the other from the volcano. A short lava flow might still be active on the southeast side, but this is not certain from available imagery. The alert level remains aviation orange.

Shiveluch (Kamchatka): A moderately large explosion occurred this morning (evening in Kamchatka) at the volcano, producing a plume reaching approx. 6 km altitude. Continued ash emissions followed the explosions for several hours.

Aso (Kyushu): Strombolian activity with abundant ash emissions continue with little variations from the Nakadake crater.

Soputan (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): An eruption occurred today, producing an ash plume rising to 5-6 km altitude. Darwin VAAC raised the alert level to red. The event took place shortly after 11:30 am (local time) and was observed by from the volcano observatory. It had been preceded by a significant increase in seismicity during the past days since Wednesday. According to the local report, a rock avalanche (but apparently no pyroclastic flow) traveled down the western side of the dome, reaching a length of approx. 500 m.

Colima (Western Mexico): Frequent small to moderate explosions occur at the volcano’s summit lava dome. Thanks to the new webcam from, this activity can now be followed more closely.