Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

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

5.1 Earthquake hits central Peru.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the East Pacific: Invest 92E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the West Pacific: Tropical Storm 27w (Ma-On), located approximately 264 nm southeast of Iwo To, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 11 knots.

Tropical Depression 28w (twenty-eight), located approximately 186 nm northwest of Pohnpei, is tracking westward at 13 knots.


Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

Between 15 and 29 October 2016 the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported thirteen (13) additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) including four (4) fatal cases.

A MERS outbreak has affected a hospital in Hofouf city, Al Ahssa Region. Four (4) cases are associated with this hospital outbreak.

H7N9 avian influenza: China

The Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) has reported two additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9), bringing the number of human cases to 777 on the Chinese Mainland since 2013.


Wildfires – Southeast USA

Firefighters are battling blazes which have engulfed thousands of acres in the southeast amid a devastating drought. Wildfires spanning from Tennessee to Georgia, North Carolina and parts of Alabama, have led to evacuations in some counties as firefighters try to suppress the flames.

More than 5,000 firefighters and support staff are currently in the Southeast to fight the wildfires in the area, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

In North Carolina, Evacuation orders were given to portions of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure communities as the Party Rock Fire grew to 977 acres Friday and crossed county lines. In all, about 25 fires have scorched more than 7 500 acres.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – Ongoing Activity 2 November – 8 November 2016

Kilauea | Hawaiian Islands (USA) : During 2-8 November HVO reported that the lava lake continued to rise and fall, circulate, and spatter in Kilauea’s Overlook vent; the lava lake fluctuated between 11 and 19 m below the Halema’uma’u floor. Webcams recorded incandescence from long-active sources within Pu’u ‘O’o Crater. The 61G lava flow, originating from a vent on Pu’u ‘O’o Crater’s E flank, continued to enter the ocean near Kamokuna at the easternmost lava delta. Aerial observations on 3 November revealed that the E delta was relatively large with prominent cracks on the surface, suggesting instability.

Klyuchevskoy | Central Kamchatka (Russia) : KVERT reported that a Strombolian eruption at Klyuchevskoy continued during 28 October-4 November. Gas-and-steam emissions with variable amounts of ash rose from the summit crater and from the cinder cone in the Apakhonchich drainage on the E flank. A lava flow traveled down the Apakhonchich drainage. Satellite images showed a large and bright daily thermal anomaly at the volcano. Gas, steam, and ash plumes from explosions rose to altitudes of 5-8 km (16,400-26,200 ft) a.s.l. and drifted 277 km E and SE during 30-31 October and 1-3 November. The Aviation Color Code remained at Orange.

Masaya | Nicaragua : Based on webcam images, the Washington VAAC reported that a steam-and-gas plume from Masaya possibly contained some ash on 3 November.

Popocatepetl | Mexico : Each day during 2-8 November CENAPRED reported 40-185 steam, gas, and ash emissions from Popocatépetl. Crater incandescence was visible nightly, and at dawn on 2 November. The Alert Level remained at Yellow, Phase Two.

Sheveluch | Central Kamchatka (Russia) : KVERT reported that during 28 October-4 November lava-dome extrusion onto Sheveluch’s N flank was accompanied by strong fumarolic activity, dome incandescence, explosions with ash plumes as high as 6 km (19,700 ft) a.s.l., and hot avalanches. Satellite images showed a daily thermal anomaly over the dome. According to video and satellite data, ash plumes drifted just over 300 km NE, E, and SE during 30-31 October, and 1 and 3 November. The Aviation Color Code remained at Orange.

Sinabung | Indonesia : Based on ground observers and the Jakarta MWO, the Darwin VAAC reported that on 6 November an ash plume from Sinabung rose to an altitude of 3.9 km (13,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted E.

Suwanosejima | Ryukyu Islands (Japan) : Based on JMA notices and satellite-image analyses, the Tokyo VAAC reported that during 5-6 October events at Suwanosejima generated ash plumes that rose to an altitude of 1.5 km (5,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted E and SW.