Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits the Myanmar-China border region.

5.1 Earthquake hits Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Atacama, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the coast of southern Peru.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.


Florida, USA – Major thunderstorms cause floods, heavy traffic across state as many street flood. The National Weather Service declared a flooding advisory in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. The warning was extended in the afternoon after the rainfall exceeded eight inches.

Madagascar – Floods in Madagascar have killed 14 people and forced more than 21,000 people from their homes in and around the capital Antananarivo. The authorities say more rain is due in coming days and could cause further damage to the Indian Ocean nation.


Drought in Pakistan

Famine due to a severe drought in Pakistan has claimed the lives of at least 40 people in last 28 days.

Farmers have endured poor rainfall for almost five successive years in the Tharparkar district in Sindh Province.

The ongoing drought has claimed more than 500 lives in three years. The provincial government has appealed to foreign donors to help mitigate the drought situation.

The area has been in famine-like conditions with average annual rainfall of less than 250 mm.


Leprosy in Florida, USA

Three people have been recently diagnosed with Leprosy in Volusia County, Florida. Two of the three have recently been in contact with armadillos who are carriers of the disease, which is easily treatable but can induce skin lesions and nerve damage if left untreated.

The incubation period can last as long as ten years. Ulcers, muscle weakness and eye problems are early signs of the disease.

Measles outbreak spreads to Sweden

Sweden has recorded its first case of measles linked to the recent massive outbreak across Europe with healthcare services responding with calls for extra vigilance. However, the risk of a major outbreak in Sweden is very small.


Wildfires – Cape Town, South Africa

A raging fire in Cape Town has moved to Chapman’s Peak Drive where several bungalows at a luxury lodge are burning, the City of Cape Town said on Monday.

The fire started on Boyes Drive in Muizenberg, spreading to Ou Kaapse Weg, and reaching Noordhoek in the early hours of Monday morning. Five homes on Silvermine Road in Noordhoek were destroyed.

There are about 97 firefighters on scene, along with 28 fire engines and an additional 18 support vehicles. Four helicopters are doing water-bombing. Several volunteer fire-fighters were also on scene helping to control the blaze.

At least one fire-fighter sustained burn wounds and has been taken to hospital for treatment.

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Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Raung (East Java): Over the last two weeks Raung has been spewing out lava fountains and explosions typical for Strombolian eruptions. During my visit there were many spectacular explosions, sometimes as frequent as occurring every 15 minutes. The loud detonation sounds and rumbling of the volcano could be heard up to 10-15 km away from the vent, as well as from Ijen crater. Harmonic tremors and regular gas venting are a steady occurrence and seem to indicate that Raung might be building up a dome similar to the one in 2012.

Colima (Western Mexico): The effusive activity seems to have stopped since there is no more dome building nor lava flows. Explosive activity has taken over instead: Colima erupts in irregular explosions (at intervals of 30mins to 7 hours) of small to moderately large size, emitted from two different vents in summit crater. Ash plumes are rising to max 2-3km and bombs thrown into the air are estimated to travel up to 800m high and land laterally up to 1.5 km away from the vent. Such large eruptions can furthermore last up to 2 minutes.