Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Biak region, Indonesia.

5.4 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Biak region, Indonesia.


Heat Wave in India – Update

More than 1100 people have now died in a major heatwave sweeping India, authorities said Wednesday, as forecasters warned searing temperatures would continue.

Southern India has borne the brunt of the hot, dry conditions and many of the victims are construction workers, elderly or homeless people unable to heed official advice to stay indoors.

Roads have melted in New Delhi, where forecasters said they expected the high temperatures to continue into next week – adding to the misery of thousands living on the capital’s streets with little shelter from the hot sun.

Brahma Prakash Yadav, director of Indian Meteorological Department, said top temperatures in the capital would remain around 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) – the national benchmark for a heatwave.


Wildfires – Alberta, Canada

Around 7,000 people have been evacuated from the path of wildfires in Alberta, Canada.

More than 1,600 firefighters are battling more than 70 wildfires including 55 of which were sparked by lightning.

Nearly 2,000 workers have been evacuated from Cenovus and Canadian Natural Resources Limited oil facilities in the Cold Lake region. Around 4,700 residents of the Wabasca hamlet have been evacuated. Wildfire also forced evacuation of 67 people near Slave Lake.

At least 233,000 barrels per day of oil sands production, 9 percent of Alberta’s total oil sands output, have been suspended because of the fire risk.

Alberta wildfire


Tanzania Cholera – Update

U.N. aid agencies report better sanitation and clean drinking water is containing a cholera epidemic among Burundian refugees in Tanzania, but there are fears that the deadly disease could spread to the local Tanzanian population.

The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) reports measures to control cholera in western Tanzania’s Lake Tanganyika area appear to be working. More than 4,000 cases of cholera have been reported among newly arrived Burundian refugees there, and the disease has killed 30 people.

The epidemic peaked in early May with 915 cases, but has since subsided to around 100 cases per day. UNHCR says this is due to improved hygiene standards, increased supplies of safe drinking water, and close cooperation by Tanzanian health authorities.

More than 64,000 Burundian refugees have fled to Tanzania this month, trying to escape political turmoil and a failed military coup in Burundi. They are living in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions — a perfect breeding ground for cholera.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Wolf (Galápagos Islands, Ecuador): As of yesterday evening, the eruption has decreased a lot in intensity. Lava fountaining at the 1 km fissure vent had essentially stopped. The lava flows, still far from the sea, were only weakly alimentated and advancing slowly.