Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Mid-Indian ridge.

5.4 Earthquake hits east of the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Carlsberg ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits off the coast of Pakistan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Typhoon 07w (Dolphin), located approximately 245 nm south-southwest of Iwo To, Japan, is tracking northward at 08 knots.


USA – A powerful storm system stretching from Texas to Minnesota brought flash flood warnings early Sunday after kicking up at least 29 damaging tornadoes overnight and pounding the region with baseball-sized hail. Thousands of customers were without power but there were no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries. Tornadoes touched down Saturday in southwestern Oklahoma near the towns of Elmer and Tipton. Another tornado touched down briefly near Elk City along Interstate 40, and there were several other possible tornadoes. The severe weather damaged homes, and downed power lines and entire barns across the Plains states. Thirty-four cars of a cargo train derailed and toppled over in Lyon County, Kansas, after stopping because of the severe weather.

Missouri, USA – The small town of Mosby, Missouri, wound up under water Sunday morning, prompting a request for the entire community to evacuate.

India – Eight people are feared dead, with another 200 people stranded, after a flash flood struck a forest river near Bhadrairuppu in the Virudhunagar district on Sunday night. Heavy rain has led to the flash flood, which has also severely hampered rescue operations. Thousands of pilgrims from all parts of the state had travelled to the the Saduragiri temple to perform rituals on Amavasi day.


Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

Between 4 and 9 May, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 5 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.

Foot and Mouth Disease in Namibia

The ministry of agriculture, water and forestry has announced the outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in northern Namibia on Saturday. The ministry said in a statement that an outbreak of foot-and- mouth disease was detected at Ohangwena region.

All movements of cattle across the Namibian/Angola border are suspended with immediate effect. The ministry further urged Namibian cattle farmers who have grazing camps for thousands of cattle inside Angola to strictly adhere to this directive.

Farmers were ordered not to move from and into the affected areas cattle, goats, sheep, pigs and wild animals, meat, milk, manure, hides, skins, bones, trophies and other potentially infectious material such as thatch grass, hay, straw and crop residues.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Piton de la Fournaise (La Réunion): A new eruption, so far small, began this Sunday at 13:45 from a fissure vent at the the southeast slopes of the Dolomieux crater inside the Enclos next to the Château Fort cone.

An intense seismic crisis with 5-7 earthquakes per minutes started 55 minutes before the onset of the eruption, as magma pushed its way to the surface. A few minutes after the beginning of the quakes, significant deformation of the Dolomieu crater rim could be measured as well.

The prefecture of La Réunion triggered alert phase 2 and closed access to the Enclos.

The new eruption seems to be similar in its (small) size and vent location as the last one that occurred between 4-16 February this year. Both probably originate from a same shallow magma reservoir that by early 2015 had grown enough to produce eruptions at the surface.