Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand.

5.2 Earthquake hits near the south coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits Greece,

5.0 Earthquake hits the Moluccan Sea.

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.


Wildfires – Chile

About 20 wildfires are spreading quickly in Chile’s central region, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people, authorities said Friday.

The National Forestry Corporation said the fires had burned through 19,000 hectares (46,949 acres).

The out-of-control fires began last week amid a heat wave. More blazes started in recent days, fueled by unusually hot and dry weather and strong winds.


Dengue Fever – Burkina Faso

Since August 2016, suspected dengue fever cases and deaths have been reported in Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso.

From 5 August to 12 November 2016, a total of 1061 probable (Dengue Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) positive) cases out of 1266 suspected cases were reported with a cumulative total of 15 deaths (CFR 1.2%). All cases have been reported from all 12 districts of Ouagadougou. In addition, two other regions have reported cases, Sahel Region in the north (12 RDT positive cases) and the Hauts-Bassins region in the west (6 RDT positive cases).

Diptheria in Pakistan

An alarming increase has been noticed in diphtheria cases in the already troubled South and North Waziristan agencies. Dozens of children have died of the highly contagious disease with no steps as yet being taken by the authorities to control the malady.

Around 30 children have died so far, while hundreds of others have been infected because of a severe dearth of medicines.

Doctors say that the disease has spread from children living in IDPs camps in the district because they were left unvaccinated as most of the tribal areas don’t have vaccinations.


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

Sinabung | Indonesia : Based on satellite images, wind data, and ground reports from PVMBG, the Darwin VAAC reported that during 11 and 13-14 November ash plumes from Sinabung rose to altitudes of 3.7-5.8 km (12,000-19,000 ft) a.s.l.

Sheveluch | Central Kamchatka (Russia) : KVERT reported that during 4-11 November lava-dome extrusion onto Sheveluch’s N flank was accompanied by strong fumarolic activity, dome incandescence, ash 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 as far as 143 km E during 3-4 November. The Aviation Colour Code remained at Orange.

Suwanosejima | Ryukyu Islands (Japan) :Based on JMA notices and satellite-image analyses, the Tokyo VAAC reported that during 5-6 October explosions at Suwanosejima generated ash plumes that rose to altitudes of 1.2-2.1 km (4,000-7,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted SE, S, and W.

Tengger Caldera : Based on analyses of satellite and webcam images and information from PVMBG, the Darwin VAAC reported that during 10-12 November ash plumes from Tengger Caldera’s Bromo cone rose to an altitude of 3 km (10,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted NW, E, and SE.

Turrialba | Costa Rica : OVSICORI-UNA reported that during 9-13 November ash plumes observed almost daily rose as high as 1 km above Turrialba’s active vent. The plumes drifted in variable directions, particularly to the SW, W, and NE, and ashfall was reported in many areas of the Valle Central. Tremor decreased on 13 November; ash emissions were not observed on 14 November.

Yasur | Vanuatu : On 11 November the Vanuatu Geohazards Observatory stated that the Alert Level for Yasur remained at 2 (on a scale of 0-4) and that explosions continued to be intense. VGO reminded residents and tourists that hazardous areas were near and around the volcanic crater, within a 395-m-radius permanent exclusion zone, and that volcanic ash and gas could reach areas impacted by trade winds.