Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.0 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Fiji region.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical Storm Andres is located about 980 mi…1580 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…NE or 45 degrees at 2 mph…4 km/h. Hazards affecting land – swells generated by Andres are affecting portions of the West Coast of the Baja California peninsula. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Hurricane Blanca is located about 490 mi…790 km S of Manzanillo Mexico and about 830 mi…1330 km SSE of Cabo San Lucas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…125 mph…205 km/h. Present movement…SW or 215 degrees at 1 mph…2 km/h. Hazards affecting land – surf: swells generated by Blanca will begin affecting portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico during the next couple of days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.


New Zealand – Heavy rainfall triggered flooding in Dunedin and caused power outages. The army was placed on standby in Mosgiel in case the Silver Stream burst its banks. Similarly, heavy rain has flooded the Auckland City Hospital and a number of houses around the city.

Georgia, Russia – A landslide in Georgia has claimed the life of a person and buried 500 sheep and 40 cows. The landslide hit Khone village, in Khevsureti region on Tuesday.

Kenya – More heavy rains caused flooding in Nairobi claiming the lives of three people including a 3-year-old boy on Tuesday night.

Ghana – Flooding in Ghana’s capital swept stored fuel into a nearby fire, setting off a huge explosion at a gas station that killed 73 people and set alight neighbouring buildings. The blast took place as dozens of people sought shelter at the gas station and in nearby shops in central Accra to escape the torrential rains. The disaster raised anew concerns over the city’s inadequate infrastructure.

China – Torrential rain has battered cities along the lower part of the Yangtze river, a day after a cyclone caused a ferry carrying 358 people to capsize. Experts estimated that 330 million tonnes of water fell within an hour in Nanjing City in Jiangsu province – the equivalent to about fifty large lakes. As much as 50 millimetres of rain fell every hour during the heaviest periods of rain over Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in the city of eight million. More than 9,000 residents in Leping City in Jiangxi province were forced to leave their homes on Wednesday, after heavy rainfall overnight left much of the city submerged under water. In Dexing City, as much as 250 millimetres of rain fell overnight in some parts leaving a motorway bridge partially flooded. On Tuesday morning more than 8,000 people were trapped by floods in neighbouring Hubei province. Rescue teams were dispatched on boats to evacuate the residents from their homes.


Wildfires – Arizona, USA

A wildfire about 30 miles east of Douglas has burned approximately 3 100 acres as of Wednesday afternoon.

The Guadalupe Fire was reported at around 10 a.m. Tuesday, when it was covering about 50 acres in Hidalgo County, New Mexico.

One hotshot team, one Type 2 initial attack crew and two fire engines, two helicopters and an air attack platform are struggling to control the wildfire. No structures are threatened.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): The alert level of the volcano was again raised from “siaga” to “awas”, the highest on the Indonesian 1-4 scale. The reason is a currently elevated risk of possibly larger pyroclastic flows, that could be triggered by collapse of the increasing volume of the viscous lava lobe emplaced on the upper SE flank. The alert level of the volcano had been at 4 during late Nov 2013 until April 2014,- the first and so far most violent phase of pyroclastic flow generation after the lava had spilled over the summit crater and built a large lobe that reached the base of the cone. Since then, for more than a year now, lava effusion has continued at mild, more or less constant rate. Tremor data suggest that the supply rate of magma to the volcano’s summit has been more or less constant during the past year. This activity produced successive lava lobes on the upper flank, all on top and/or at the upper sides of the main flow emplaced during the first months of the eruption. Associated avalanches and pyroclastic flows had mostly been smaller in comparison, although a few larger ones occurred as well.

Ambrym (Vanuatu): (3 Jun) The lava lakes on Ambrym remain very active. As to visiting the island and the aftermath of Cyclone Pam, our partners on location (guides, porters etc) confirmed us that expeditions to Ambrym and Vanuatu in general can again run with no obstacles.

Cotopaxi (Ecuador): (3 Jun) The volcano has been showing signs of unrest. Since mid-April this year, and particularly during May, a marked increased in earthquakes and SO2 emissions have been detected, which could be signs of a magma intrusion beneath the volcano. During May, about 3000 local earthquakes were recorded, a significant increased compared to April (628 quakes), and more than during the last seismic crisis in 2001-02. In particular, long-period earthquakes related to internal fluid movements have shown an increase in May. Most quakes were located in areas north and northeast of the volcano’s summit, at two depth layers, one at shallow 3 km and others at deeper depths of up to 14 km. In addition, SO2 emissions have shown an increased from normal values of approx. 500 tons / day to 2500-3000 tons per day. At the crater, fumarolic activity has increased during May. During the weekend of 22 and 23 May, sulphur smell the upper northern flank was very intense.