Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Cook Strait, New Zealand.

5.2 Earthquake hits Alaska.

Three 5.1 Earthquakes hit South Island, New Zealand.

5.1 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

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

5.0 Earthquake hits Unimak Island, Alaska.

New Zealand – In the 12 hours from 6am to 6pm on Tuesday, Geonet, the official monitor, recorded 313 quakes, taking the total since the initial magnitude 7.5 quake to 1,212. The seabed off Kaikoura lifted approximately 1 metre.


Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the East Pacific: Post-Tropical Cyclone Tina is located about 360 mi…580 km W of Manzanillo Mexico and about 275 mi…445 km S of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.


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Supermoon – With the much-anticipated arrival of the November “Beaver” Supermoon comes a darker side — higher tides and possible coastal flooding around the world. The moon will be closer to the Earth in the next few days than it has been in nearly 70 years. The gravitational pull of the moon will produce similar king tides that left many neighbourhoods inundated last month from South Florida to Boston. The king tide occurs when the earth, moon, and sun align. Gravity pulls the oceans to their highest tides, often “afflicting coastal communities with minor or nuisance flooding that can close roads, inundate local businesses, erode beaches and cause sewage overflows,” according to a report by Climate Central. The National Weather Service has issued warnings all along the East Coast of higher than normal tides through at least mid-week. Other areas of the world are experiencing similar coastal flooding associated with the supermoon, including Venice, Italy. Plazas were flooded Saturday in the Italian city after high tides, known locally as acqua alta, flooded neighbourhoods.

Wellington, New Zealand – Heavy rain led to road closures, flooding and slips on Tuesday, but Wellington Civil Defence says the rain has stopped and flooding appears to be subsiding.

Indonesia – Over 6,000 people were displaced due to major floods that hit parts of Indonesia’s West Java province, an official said on Tuesday. The floods have submerged over 5,000 houses, 12 mosques, four school buildings and more than 100 hectares of paddy fields.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity 

Kilauea (Hawai’i): The eruption continues both at the summit and on the eastern rift zone with no significant changes. The level of the summit lava lake in Halema’uma’u crater fluctuates, but rose to within around 9 m (30 ft) below the rim this morning, accompanied by inflationary tilt. If the progress continues, it might again overflow soon. Lava continues to flow from Pu’u O’o (the vent on the eastern rift zone) through a tube into the ocean at the eastern Kamokuna sea entry. No or only very small lava breakouts occur along its path. The sea entry consisted of 4 major entry points when observed last evening, and was producing mild littoral explosions.

Sabancaya (Peru): The new phase of explosive activity, which had started on 6 Nov., continues to produce intermittent, but frequent ash plumes of small to moderate size reaching up to 2000-3000 m height. Stronger emissions on 11 Nov were followed by ash falls in up to 40 km distance to the northeast, affecting many villages and towns in the Colca Valley, including Cajamarcana, Sallalli, Parjo, Achoma, Lari, Pinchollo, Yanque, Chivay, Coporaque, Ichupampa, Achoma, Tuti, Callalli, Sibayo, Tocra, and Canocota.