Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 Earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand.

5.8 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.7 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Balleny Islands.

Two 5.2 Earthquakes hit New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Iran-Pakistan border.

Two 5.1 Earthquake hit New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits eastern Honshu, Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical depression 06w (Noul), located approximately 95 nm east of Yap, is tracking west-southwestward at 03 knots.

NewsBytes:

Australia – The death toll from heavy rains that inundated Australia’s east coast has climbed to six, as flood warnings continued Sunday following a severe deluge that cut power to thousands of homes and isolated numerous communities.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Wisconsin, USA

Six buildings caught fire and 15 homes had to be evacuated as warm weather and dry conditions helped fuel wildfires in central Wisconsin.

Wildfires – Jordan-Israel

The Jordan Valley Farmers Union is arranging to file a lawsuit against Israel at the International Court for the recurring fires that erupt on the Israeli-Jordanian borderline and damage thousands of agricultural lands annually, JVFU President Adnan Khaddam said Wednesday.

Farmers who own lands adjacent to the border incur each year huge losses as their trees, crops and infrastructure are burned in fires that start in Israel and spread to the Kingdom, Khaddam said.

He noted that fires start during this time of year and continue recurring until the end of summer, charging that Israel “deliberately” starts the fires to get rid of the dry grass that grows on the border for security reasons.

“The fires are increasing every year and there is nothing stopping Israel from starting the fires without taking precautionary measures that prevent flames from reaching the Jordanian side,” Khaddam told The Jordan Times.

The first fire of the season erupted last Sunday night in Wadi Al Rayyan in the Central Jordan Valley, according to Khaddam, who said the flames raged again on Monday.

Wildfires – Mongolia

Since the beginning of this year, 60 soums in 15 provinces were hit by 116 wildfires. Fifty of the fires broke out in just three provinces in the eastern region of Mongolia, including Khentii, Sukhbaatar and Dornod.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reported on Friday that the wildfires that have been causing substantial damage to both the people and the environment were finally extinguished in Dornod and Sukhbaatar provinces at the end of last week.

Khentii Province’s soums remain on fire now, while rescuers are working to put out fires in Khuvsgul and Uvs provinces.

Amongst other methods, cloud seeding is used to fight wildfires in Mongolia.

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Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Kliuchevskoi (Kamchatka): Activity at the volcano, probably strombolian-type explosions from the summit vent, has increased during the past days. Mild to moderate ash emissions reached approx. 20,000 ft (6 km) altitude or 1 km above the volcano’s summit. Glow is sometimes visible at the crater.

Karangetang (Siau Island, Sangihe Islands, Indonesia): A new eruption that started already on 23 April has been producing lava flows from the summit vent. During the past days, this activity has increased. A number of people have been evacuated from areas at less than 3 km distance from the volcano. The main hazard are pyroclastic flows that the volcano often generates when activity is elevated. VSI keeps the volcano at alert level 3 (out of 4), at which it has been since 3 Sep 2013.

Dukono (Halmahera): Ash emissions have been comparably strong over the past days. VAAC Darwin regularly reported ash plumes visible on satellite data.

Ruapehu (North Island): Intermittent moderate to strong volcanic tremor has been observed at the volcano during the past 2-3 weeks, GNS Science reported. The seismic activity is among the strongest observed in the past 8 years. The temperature of the crater lake declined a bit to from its peak of over 40°C in late January–early February 2015 to about 31°C in mid March and is now at 37-39°C.

Colima (Western Mexico): Explosions continue to occur, but have decreased in intensity and frequency.