Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.7 Earthquake hits the Nias region, Indonesia.

5.7 Earthquake hits Luzon in the Philippines.

5.3 Earthquake hits La Paz, Bolivia.

5.3 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical cyclone 05a (Megh), located approximately 519 nm south-southwest of Masirah Island, Yemen, is tracking west-southwestward at 09 knots.

Invest 93L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for tropical development.

Invest 94L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for tropical development.


Somalia – Over 90,000 people in war-torn southern Somalia have been hit by weeks of severe flooding, almost half of them forced from their homes. More than 90,000 people have been affected since October 23 and an estimated 42,000 people displaced as a result of the flash floods and river flooding. Hardest hit are the southern Somali regions of Bakool, Bay, Lower Juba, Middle Juba and Middle Shabelle.


Sierra Leone declared free of Ebola

Sierra Leone has officially been declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Thousands of people took to the streets of the capital, Freetown, at the stroke of midnight – marking 42 days without a single declared case of the disease. There were further cheers when the WHO local representative made the official announcement later on Saturday.

The outbreak killed almost 4,000 people in Sierra Leone over the past 18 months.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Etna (Sicily, Italy): Etna remains highly restless. A peak in volcanic tremor occurred last night but with no visible changes in surface activity. Weak strombolian activity continues from the vent inside the Voragine summit craters.

Chirpoi (Kurile Islands, Russia): Passengers on board a Russian cruise ship documented the recent (and perhaps still ongoing) effusive / explosive eruption of Snow volcano. When passing the island in Oct 2015, lava flows were actively reaching the sea, creating spectacular littoral explosions.

Dukono (Halmahera): Mild strombolian activity and strong ash emissions were observed. Dukono was continuously emitting ash and producing mild strombolian activity from its two active vents with very loud rumblings and ash plumes up to 1 km. Harmonic tremor and earthquake swarms have been recorded more frequently, long with some local tectonic earthquakes triggered from the Pacific plate.