Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits Kyrgyzstan.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits Kyushu, Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Typhoon 27w (In-Fa), located approximately 158 nm west-southwest of Pohnpei, is tracking westward at 10 knots.

Invest 90E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.


India – India has deployed the army and air force to rescue flood-hit residents in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, where at least 71 people have died in the floodwaters.

Saudi Arabia – Heavy rain and flash floods in Saudi Arabia along its Red Sea coast has killed five people.

Britain – A new storm system brings gusts of 80mph that topple trees, close roads and bridges and cripple transport networks while heavy rain threatened further flooding. Temperatures in some areas plunged to -6C bringing snow and arctic gales.


Wildfires – Australia

Wildfires sparked by lightning raging across southwest Australia killed four people, officials said Wednesday, as a blistering heat wave swept through the country.


Foot and Mouth Disease on West Bank – Israel

The Israeli Ministry of Agriculture reported preliminary finding of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in sheep in the West Bank.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Etna (Sicily, Italy): No significant change in activity has occurred during the past days. Degassing from the New SE crater has decreased again, probably because the magma column has dropped again, and tremor is currently low. Mild strombolian explosions seem to continue from Voragine, as suggested by small puffs of ash visible. Strong degassing and perhaps dilute ash emissions are also originating from the NE crater where deep-seated explosive activity occurs and can be heard when on its rim.

Karymsky (Kamchatka): Tokyo VAAC reported an ash plume at 12,000 ft (3.6 km) altitude extending east from the volcano this morning. Occasionally, the volcano has stronger than average strombolian to vulcanian-type explosions. It is one of the few volcanoes in the world that have been in more or less constant eruption for several centuries.

Rinjani (Lombok): The eruption continues with no significant change. When observed yesterday on location, the Barujari cone was in violent strombolian activity and the lava flow was still weakly alimented, creating a small steam plume at the lake entry of the flow. Impressively, the lake temperature has risen so much that large parts of the surface are steaming. The volcanic activity has been producing only smaller ash plumes during the past days, which did no longer affect air traffic to / from Lombok and Rinjani.

Dukono (Halmahera): Near constant ash emissions continue from the volcano. An ash plume at 8,000 ft (2.4 km) altitude extended 40 km SW this morning (Darwin VAAC).

Colima (Western Mexico): Explosions of small to moderate size continue to occur from time to time. The more violent and ash-rich ones produce eruption lightning.

Tungurahua (Ecuador): The activity of the volcano has increased during the past days. Near-continuous explosive eruptions at the summit crater have been creating ash plumes that rose up to 3 km and drifted into westerly directions. Up to 2 mm of fresh ash fall occurred in areas up to 10-20 km west of the volcano. Incandescent bombs were seen ejected during the explosions as well. The ash falls already started to cause significant damage to infrastructure (roads, buildings) and farmland. In particular, fields in the village of Choglontus located only 6 km southwest of the summit have almost completely been destroyed by the ash.