Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits the Pagan region in the North Mariana Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of central Peru.

5.0 Earthquake hits Antofagasta Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Javier is located about 40 mi…70 km NW of Cabo San Lucas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h

In the Western Pacific: Tropical storm 07w (Omais), located approximately 259 nm east-northeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking northward at 12 knots.

Tropical storm 08w (Conson), located approximately 382 nm northwest of Enewetak, is tracking westward at 07 knots.


Macedonia – Nearly two dozen people were killed and dozens more were injured when torrential rains triggered flash floods in the capital of Macedonia, the Red Cross said Sunday. The Red Cross reported that 22 people were killed, more than 60 people were injured and four were still missing after the floods destroyed hundreds of homes and wiped out electricity. More than 1,000 people were evacuated from their houses.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Etna (Sicily, Italy): Weak strombolian activity has started from the Voragine crater and it is currently visible from the webcams. Seismic tremor doesn’t show significant changes.

Brava (Cape Verde): Seismic activity has decreased since its peak with shallow earthquakes around 2 August which had triggered fears that a new eruption could occur in the near future. Authorities remain at alert while groups of scientists are currently monitoring the situation.

Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): The series of relatively frequent explosions continues. One this morning at 11:03 local time sent an ash plume to 1600 m above the summit.

Reventador (Ecuador): At the moment, this is Ecuador’s most active volcano. According to the Istituto Geofisico (IGEPN), its activity is “high”. A lava dome continues to grow at the summit crater. Strong degassing generates a plume of steam and gas rising 500-1000 m and frequent small to moderate explosions produce ash plumes that rise to similar heights. In total, IGPEN counted 38 explosions during an 24 hour interval, based on seismic and webcam observations. Most of the time, these can not be observed directly due to frequent cloud cover. Based on satellite observations, a stronger ash emission was reported by VAAC Washington this afternoon (at 14:18 UTC) with an ash plume reaching 19,000 ft (6.5 km) altitude, or approx. 2 km height above the crater.

Cotopaxi (Ecuador): The activity of the volcano, both internal (seismic, deformation etc) and at the surface, remains low. IGEPN reports that mild steaming and degassing continue.

Nevados de Chillán (Central Chile): Small, sporadic ash emissions continue to occur at the volcano on most days since they re-appeared in late July, showing that the volcano’s superficial hydrothermal system remains disturbed. According to SERNAGEOMIN volcanologists, this new phase of surface activity is being caused by a small magma intrusion at 4-5 km depth which interacts with (transfers heat and gasses into) the overlying system of circulating fluids (water and gasses) which can become over-pressurized and then generate explosions at the surface (= phreatic activity).

Bristol Island (United Kingdom, South Sandwich Is): The eruption on the remote island seems to have come to and end or paused. During the past 2 weeks, no more traces of ash emissions or lava flows have been detected on satellite imagery and the heat signal has decreased to more or less zero.