Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.8 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.7 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.7 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits southeast of the Ryukyu islands off Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Sumba region, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 01a (Ashobaa), located approximately 104 nm east-northeast of Masirah Island, Oman, is tracking westward at 05 knots

Tropical depression Three-E is located about 265 mi…425 km S of Acapulco Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…NW or 305 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h. Hazards affecting land – rainfall: locally heavy rains could spread over portions of the southern coast of Mexico, primarily in the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero, during the next couple of days. Surf: swells associated with the depression are expected to increase near the coast of southern Mexico during the next few days. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.


Malaysia – A tornado in the Kinabatangan district of Sabah, Malaysia has flattened two buildings and blew off the roofs of several other structures at an oil palm plantation.

Nepal – A landslide triggered by heavy rainfall buried at least 21 people and left dozens missing as they were sleeping at night in six villages in Nepal’s mountainous northeast. Rescuers dug out the bodies and searched the rubble for survivors in Taplejung district, about 310 miles east of the capital, Kathmandu. At least 24 people are missing but the number could be higher.

Louisiana, USA – A surging Red River that flooded northwest Louisiana this week, damaging hundreds of structures and displacing scores of people, slowly began to recede on Wednesday but was still expected to be above flood stage for several more days.



Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Karangetang (Siau Island, Sangihe Islands, Indonesia): Activity continues at the volcano with the effusion of a lava flow from the summit vent of the volcano and associated glowing avalanches. Pyroclastic flows in early May destroyed some houses and prompted the evacuation of more than 100 families in nearby villages.