Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits Chiapas, Mexico.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical Storm Guillermo is located about 295 mi…475 km E of Hilo Hawaii and about 475 mi…765 km E of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

Typhoon 13w (Soudelor), located approximately 517 nm southeast of Kadena AB, is tracking west-northwestward at 12 knots.

Invest 95L remains an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for tropical development.

Invest 92E remains an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.


Macedonia – Flash floods and mudslides in western Macedonia have claimed the lives of at least four people including a seven-year-old child. At least two dozen houses were damaged in Tetovo.

Iran – Unseasonable floods hit 16 provinces and 56 counties in the Islamic Republic of Iran in late July, leaving at least 23 people dead and 50 injured. The floods were triggered by torrential rains, and they caused great damage to the infrastructure of more than 140 villages.


Pilot Whales Beach in Nova Scotia

Sixteen pilot whales beached on a shore near Judique, Cape Breton, Tuesday morning, sparking a rescue effort involving about 20 people.

Andrew Reid with the Marine Animal Response Society said 10 of the whales were pushed into deeper water and survived. Six others died. The whales ranged in size, including a baby that was less than a metre long and adults that were up to 3½ metres in length. The rescuers were told that if the pilot whales’ blowhole isn’t kept upright, the whales would die.

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Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Karymsky (Kamchatka): Explosions with ash emissions detected on satellite images have been more frequent lately. Yesterday, VAAC Tokyo reports an ash plume at 14,000 ft (4.2 km) altitude drifting north from the volcano.

Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): The volcano’s activity seems to have increased since around 30 July. On Saturday 1 Aug, explosions had produced an ash plume that was visible on satellite images (VAAC Tokyo). Incandescence is not visible on webcam images, but this is probably due to dust/mist/ash covering the lens.

Manam (Papua New Guinea): It seems that no fatalities have occurred during the large explosion on Friday (31 July). According to news articles, only one child was injured by falling lapilli, but survived and could be treated in a hospital. Up to 2 cm of ash has been deposited over most of the island, destroying or damaging much farmland, many houses and contaminating water sources. Respiratory problems are a major concern in the aftermath of the eruption, which, however, could easily have had a much worse outcome. There are no reports of evacuations of people from the island (as occurred in 2004, when a similar, although even larger explosion occurred, killing several people and prompting more than 9000 people to be evacuated).

Dukono (Halmahera): The volcano continues to erupt near constant ash plumes from small to moderate, but nearly continuous explosions from the vents inside its crater. Yesterday, VAAC Darwin reported ash at 7,000 ft (2.1 km) altitude extending almost 100 km to the northeast.

Raung (East Java): The eruption at the volcano remains very intense and might have increased during the past days. An ash plume of 200 km length has been drifting south today. According to Indonesian press reports, new fissures have been reported (probably on the western flank) and incandescent ejecta were seen to up to a height of 1500 m. Some of them might have landed on the NE flank, where they probably caused a forest fire observed during 20-25 July.

Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): At least two pyroclastic flows occurred today at the volcano, continuing the destruction of the steeply emplaced lava lobes on the upper SE and E side. Heavy ash falls were reported southeast of the volcano, forcing shops to close and people stay indoors.