Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.2 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Algeria.

5.0 Earthquake hits southern Qinghai, China.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Atlantic: Invest 90L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.


USA – High tides linked to the full moon since the weekend caused minor flooding from Florida to New England, underscoring the need for improved coastal infrastructure at a time of faster rising seas. Every year nationwide, sea level rise caused by global warming is directly responsible for hundreds of high tide floods. Coastal planners are grappling with the worsening problem, which is most pronounced along the East and Gulf coasts, where sea level rise has been fastest and where land is sinking and eroding away. The large “supermoon” pulled tides higher from Sunday until Wednesday, triggering the latest episode of sweeping coastal flooding.

Nature – Images

Interesting Images

Newfound Spider Species Masquerades As a Dried-Up Leaf

Scientists recently discovered a spider in China that uses a unique masquerade to hide in plain sight. It is the only known spider to have a body that bears an uncanny resemblance to a dangling, partly dried-up leaf.



Beaver Cull

Argentina and Chile have declared all-out war on 100,000 invasive beavers that are devastating ancient forests in a far southern region known as the End of the World.

Fifty beavers were imported from Canada to Tierra del Fuego in 1946 in a misguided attempt to create a fur trade industry. But the population of the big-toothed rodents has since exploded, causing severe damage to the forest ecology.

Experts say the beavers will be trapped, then bashed in the head for a swift death in a cull approved by the U.N. and environmental groups.

Global Warming

Individual Effect on Arctic Melt

With Arctic sea ice shrinking to historically low levels this year, climate and ice scientists have figured out a way to estimate just how much each of us is contributing to the polar melt. Researchers from Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Centre determined that each passenger on a round-trip flight from Europe to New York is responsible for about a ton of carbon dioxide emissions, which shrinks the polar ice cap coverage by about 32 square feet.

Driving a gasoline-fuelled car 2,500 miles has the same impact.

In September, the Arctic sea ice extent dwindled to only 1.6 million square miles, matching 2007 as the second smallest on record.


Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was again 109.0 degrees Fahrenheit (42.8 degrees Celsius) in Curtin AFB, Western Australia.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 53.0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 47.2 degrees Celsius) at Russia’s Vostok Antarctic research station.

Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.


Yemen Cholera – Update

The Ministry of Public Health and Population in Yemen has reported additional cholera cases in the country. To date, 4825 suspected cases of cholera, including 61 associated deaths were reported in Aden, Amran, Al Hudaydah, Al-Bayda‘a, Al-Dhale’a, Ibb, Hajjah, Lahij, Ta’izz, Sana’a City and Sana’a governorates.

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

On 11 November 2016, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of two additional cases of laboratory-confirmed human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – Ongoing Activity for the week of 9 November-15 November 2016

Fuego | Guatemala : INSIVUMEH reported that during 11-15 November explosions at Fuego generated ash plumes that rose as high as 1.3 km and drifted more than 15 km W and SW. Some explosions produced shock waves detected within a 10 km radius and also ejected incandescent material as high as 300 m. Minor avalanches were confined to the crater. Ashfall was reported in Morelia (9 km SW), Santa Sofía (12 km SW), Sangre de Cristo (8 km WSW), and Panimaché I and II (8 km SW).

Dukono | Halmahera (Indonesia) : Based on analyses of satellite imagery and model data, the Darwin VAAC reported that during 9-15 November ash plumes from Dukono rose to altitudes of 2.1-3.7 km (7,000-12,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted N, NE, E, and SE.

Kilauea | Hawaiian Islands (USA) : During 9-15 November HVO reported that the lava lake continued to rise and fall, circulate, and spatter in Kilauea’s Overlook vent; the lake level rose almost to the rim (Halema’uma’u floor) during 9-10 November. 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.

Klyuchevskoy | Central Kamchatka (Russia) : On 8 November, KVERT reported that activity at Klyuchevskoy had decreased significantly and therefore the Aviation Color Code was lowered to Yellow. Lava effusion onto the flanks was last noted on 3 November; the next day the thermal anomaly was reduced. Ash plumes were last detected in satellite images during 3-4 November. Strombolian activity in the crater was also observed on those days. Strong gas-and-steam emissions continued.

Reventador | Ecuador : During 9-15 November IG reported a high level of seismic activity including explosions, long-period earthquakes, harmonic tremor, and signals indicating emissions at Reventador; cloud cover sometimes prevented visual observations. Almost daily incandescent blocks were observed rolling as far as 1.6 km down the E, SE, and S flanks. Gas, water vapor, and ash plumes rose as high as 2 km and drifted W and NW.

Santa Maria | Guatemala : On 9 November a 15-m-wide, 1-m-deep lahar triggered by rainfall descended the Cabello de Ángel drainage, a tributary of the Nimá I river drainage on Santa María’s S flank, carrying tree trunks and blocks up to 1 m in diameter. The lahar had a minor sulfur odor. During 12-15 November explosions from the Santiaguito lava-dome complex generated ash plumes that rose to 800 m above the complex and drifted SW. Ashfall was reported in areas downwind, including Monte Claro, San José, and la Quinta.