Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits Heilongjiang, China.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone 06p (Ula), is located approximately 297 nm east of Suva, Fiji, and is tracking westward at 10 knots.


USA – Floodwaters started to recede in the St. Louis area Friday, enabling major roads to reopen after unseasonable, record-setting winter storms swamped the region. But in other areas of the Midwest, the worst was yet to come. Crests are expected in the coming days for swollen rivers in southern Missouri, southern Illinois, and then Arkansas, Tennessee and other southern states. Two more levees failed Friday, bringing to at least 11 the number topped by high water. While St. Louis itself stayed mostly dry thanks to a floodwall, its suburbs were water-logged. The biggest problems came from the Meramec River — a tributary of the Mississippi — which at points topped the 1993 record by 4 feet. Hundreds of homes and business were evacuated in Pacific, Eureka, Valley Park and Arnold, Missouri. Damage was just starting to be assessed.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Fuego (Guatemala): Activity at the volcano has remained at similar levels (if not decreased a bit) as during the past days. When observed during the past night and this morning, strombolian-type explosions of small to sometimes strong intensity ejected abundant incandescent bombs in all directions from the summit vents. A small lava flow is active on the upper SE flank, producing often continuous glowing rockfalls that travel up to approx. 1 km towards the Las Lajas ravine. No new pyroclastic flows were observed. Overall, activity seemed to be on a slowly decreasing trend.