Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits the Bougainvile region, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits Guatemala.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): Explosions (strombolian to small vulcanian style) continue at the volcano, sometimes strong enough to produce ash plumes visible on satellite images.

Dukono (Halmahera): An ash plume was detected yesterday extending 70 km east at estimated 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude.

Kilauea (Hawai’i): The summit lava lake has dropped significantly during the past week and is now again 50 m below the rim of the pit crater inside Halema’uma’u. After a few days of repeated small overflows at the end of April until early May, the lake had been perched for a few days at its highest level, started to drop after 10 May, first slowly, then more rapidly. During the past days, it has stabilized at approx. 50 m depth.

Piton de la Fournaise (La Réunion): The new eruption continues, although only the lowest vent seems to be still active by now. It continues to feed a large lava flow now headed towards the vast coastal flat to the east. In the course of today, it reached the steeper section of the Enclos, the “Grandes Pentes” and started to descend there. At this point, the lava flow, approx. 4-5 km long could be seen from the popular “lava road” (which might be closed off soon).

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Typhoon 07w (Dolphin), located approximately 72 nm west of Iwo To, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 09 knots.


Colombia – A torrent of mud and debris roared down an alpine town in western Colombia before dawn Monday, killing at least 58 people in a flood and mudslide triggered by heavy rains. Dozens have suffered light injuries and an unknown number of people are still unaccounted for.


Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – United Arab Emirates

On 13 May 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) notified WHO of 1 additional case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.