Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Typhoon Champi is located approximately 876 nm northwest of Wake Island, and is tracking northeastward at 22 knots.

Hurricane Olaf is located about 905 mi…1460 km E of Honolulu Hawaii and about 740 mi…1190 km E of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…NE or 35 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.


Mexico – Hurricane Patricia caused less damage than feared on Mexico’s Pacific coast on Saturday, but hammered an isolated part of the shoreline dotted with luxury villas and fishing villages, where the storm and its 165 mph (266 kph) winds landed. Thousands of residents and tourists fled the advance of the storm, one of the strongest in recorded history, seeking refuge in hastily arranged shelters. There were no early reports of deaths and it appeared major damage was averted as Patricia missed tourist centres like Puerto Vallarta and the major cargo port of Manzanillo. However, the storm carved through small rural villages, ripping corrugated metal roofing off modest brick homes and uprooting trees, with the forceful winds sucking the leaves off them.

In its march north, Patricia was likely to make matters worse in Texas, which saw heavy rains overnight from a separate storm system that caused flooding powerful enough to knock over a freight train. Officials said moisture from Patricia would increase the intensity of rains swamping parts of the state by Sunday. Patricia has since weakened to become a post-tropical depression.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Piton de la Fournaise (La Réunion): The latest (second) effusive phase of the eruption ended yesterday afternoon. After 15:00 local time, tremor became discontinuous and lava effusion ceased. The short-lived, but quite intense re-activation of the eruption began last Thursday evening, after a break of 4 days in activity. During the evening, lava quickly filled the main cone again and produced a new lava flow that traveled more than 1 km to the SSE. By next morning, it had reached the western foot of Piton de Bert where it caused a bush fire that was still out of control yesterday afternoon and prevented ground access to the eruption site from Pas de Bellecombe. Whether the eruption will enter another (third) phase of lava effusion in the near future, or now can be considered to have ended for good, is impossible to say.