Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.7 Earthquake hits Lake Victoria, Tanzania.
At least 11 people have been killed and more than a hundred injured after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit northern Tanzania.
5.7 Earthquake hits northern Peru.
5.3 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.
5.1 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
5.1 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the North Atlantic:
Invest 92L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.
Invest 93L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.
Invest 94L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.
In the Eastern Pacific:
Tropical Storm Orlene is located about 685 mi…1100 km SW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.
In the Western Pacific:
Typhoon Meranti, located approximately 486 nm north-northwest of Yap, is tracking west-northwestward at 13 knots.
Tropical depression 17w (Seventeen), located approximately 690 nm east-southeast of Misawa, Japan, is tracking east-northeastward at 22 knots.
In the Central Pacific:
Invest 93C is an area of disturbed weather in the Central Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.
Fireball Soars over Cyprus
Early on Friday morning, shortly before 1 a.m. local time, several witnesses reported seeing a strangely glowing object soaring across the skies of the island of Cyprus over the Troodos Mountain range. Residents in the area reported seeing greenish-white lights in the sky, followed by a loud explosion and the shaking of the earth, possibly indicating that the glowing object, a meteor, struck the ground somewhere on Cyprus or off of its coast.
Puerto Rico: Zika Virus
The number of pregnant women in Puerto Rico confirmed positive fro Zika virus increased by 133 cases in the past week, bringing the total to 1,517, according to Secretary of Health, Ana Ríus Armendariz Friday. This prompted the secretary to stress the importance and to call on the public to continue prevention efforts against the Zika virus.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
Kilauea (Hawai’i): The lava lake in Kilauea’s Halema’uma’u crater at the summit caldera has risen to its highest level since May 2015, as a current inflationary phase continues.
The surface of the lava lake was at 13 m (43 ft) below the floor of Halema’uma’u late yesterday afternoon and rose further to only 5–6 m (16–20 ft) this morning. It is now easily seen from Jaggar Museum. If the level continues to rise, it might soon overflow onto the crater floor.
Piton de la Fournaise (La Réunion): A new eruption has begun at the volcano this morning. An eruptive fissure opened on the upper north side of Dolomieu, generating a curtain of lava fountains along the fissure feeding several lava flows directed north and northwest. The eruption began at 08:41 local time according to a statement of the prefecture. It came without much warning, as it had only been preceded by a short period of tremor starting from 07:30 local time triggering a first alarm, while there had been no particular precursory signs during the days before. Public access to the Enclos, as usual, has been closed by authorities.