Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.2 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.
5.2 Earthquake hits the southern Pacific Ocean.
5.1 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.
5.1 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Kamchatka, Russia.
5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Kamchatka, Russia.
5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
No current tropical storms.
Colombia – A major hailstorm in Bogota, the capital city of Colombia covered a large area with a 24-inch layer of icy snow. Numerous roofs collapsed, traffic was disrupted and around 900 people were left homeless.
Thailand – A heavy downpour for more than one hour around noon Tuesday in inner Bangkok has caused floods on several roads and traffic jams.
Earth Remains Under Threat From Meteors
“The last three big meteor events in history have been over the Russian mainland…it’s just that in comparison to Earth’s oceans, Russia is the next biggest thing to hit.”
Researchers now have a plethora of new atmospheric fireball and meteor detection methods at their disposal. NASA and other U.S. Government agencies have better sensors that now help look at such high altitude events. There are also more dash cams and security cameras and cell phone cameras; including cell phone apps, capable of easily filing reports of these bolides to a central office.
Have we underestimated the threat from near-Earth asteroids? We have a pretty good understanding of where 95 percent of the near-Earth asteroids (one km in diameter and up) actually are. But, surveys of near-Earth objects of 100 meters or less are not even one percent complete. “We used to think that a 20 meter-sized meteor wasn’t that big a threat. But the Chelyabinsk meteor was only 20 meters and we saw what it could do.”
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
Colima (Western Mexico): The volcano continues to produce sometimes strong vulcanian-type explosions that seem to have picked up in strength over the past days. An eruption at 03:08 am local time produced fountaining of lava several hundred meters high and appears to have caused a small pyroclastic flow.
Karymsky (Kamchatka): Intermittent strombolian to vulcanian explosions continue to occur at the volcano. Occasionally, such as this morning, the resulting typically smaller ash plumes are large enough to be reported in Tokyo VAAC’s volcanic ash advisories. Karymsky is one of the world’s few volcanoes having been in persistent activity for centuries.
Zhupanovsky (Kamchatka, Russia): A relatively large ash emission from the volcano was reported this morning by Tokyo VAAC. Based on MTSAT satellite imagery, an ash plume rose to estimated 27,000 ft (8 km) altitude and extended east.
Dukono (Halmahera): An ash emission this morning was observed on satellite imagery (Darwin VAAC).
Villarrica (Central Chile): Weak intermittent strombolian activity at the summit crater and occasional small ash emissions continue. In its latest report from yesterday, SERNAGEOMIN mentioned a decrease in tremor and observed emissions. An exclusion zone of 5 km radius around the crater is in place as the activity can increase abruptly at any time.