Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

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

5.2 Earthquake hits the Azu Islands off Japan.

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

5.0 Earthquake hits Alaska.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic:

Hurricane Otto is located about 75 mi…120 km NNW of Limon Costa Rica and about 75 mi…120 km SSE of Bluefields Nicaragua with maximum sustained winds…110 mph…175 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

In the West Pacific:

Tropical depression 29w (Twenty-nine), located approximately 382 nm southeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 10 knots.


New Caledonia – At least five people have been confirmed dead in New Caledonia after days of unprecedented heavy rains caused widespread flooding and landslides. The French Red Cross said the downpour triggered landslides in mountainous areas of the island territory, where another three people were missing and eight injured.


Wildfires – Israel

Raging fires have destroyed homes and caused mass evacuations in several different sites across Israel over the last 36 hours, spurred by unusually high winds and dry conditions. Blazes are raging in several different locations from northern Israel to the Jerusalem region.

On Wednesday they were battling a large fire in the Jerusalem hills, which forced residents of the village of Nataf, west of the capital, to evacuate their homes. Firefighters were battling the blaze, which had been stoked by strong winds, with 25 teams and four planes.

Meanwhile, firefighters in Zichron Yaakov continued to battle a massive blaze that had engulfed dozens of homes and prompted the evacuation of thousands of residents a day earlier.

Also Wednesday morning, firefighters battled a massive blaze that neared homes in the West Bank settlement of Dolev, northwest of Jerusalem.

On Monday a forest fire led to the evacuation of the Neve Shalom community outside Jerusalem.


Zika Virus – Vietnam

In an update of the Zika virus situation in Vietnam’s southern city of Ho Chi Minh, health officials report 27 additional confirmed cases in the past week, bringing the total cases to 65. According to a VN Express report, the virus has now spread to 17 out of the city’s 24 districts.

Chicken Pox in Kenya

The Health ministry has confirmed an ongoing outbreak of chickenpox in Mombasa and Nairobi. According to the ministry’s department of disease surveillance, Mombasa County has had the disease since January, with about 500 cases being reported. In September, the cases increased to about 1,200, with majority of the patients being young children.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – New activity for the week of 16 November-22 November 2016

Copahue | Central Chile-Argentina border : Based on satellite and webcam images, the Buenos Aires VAAC reported that during 16-18 and 21-22 November diffuse steam-and-ash plumes rose from Copahue to altitudes of 3.3-3.6 km (11,000-12,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted NE, ENE, E, and WNW. On 17 November OVDAS-SERNAGEOMIN reported that activity continued to be dominated by weak Strombolian explosions likely from a pyroclastic cone forming on the floor of El Agrio crater. The Alert Level remained at Yellow; SERNAGEOMIN recommended no entry into a restricted area within 1.5 km of the crater.

Kerinci | Indonesia : Based on satellite data, the Darwin VAAC reported that during 16-19 and 21 November ash plumes from Kerinci rose to altitudes of 4.3-4.6 km (14,000-15,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted NE, ENE, SE, and S. Plumes drifted almost 30 km on 17 November.

Langila | New Britian (Papua New Guinea) : Based on analyses of satellite imagery and wind data, the Darwin VAAC reported that on 16 November an ash plume from Langila rose to an altitude of 4.3 km (14,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted almost 30 km SE.

Sabancaya | Peru : The Technical and Scientific Committee for volcanic risk management of the Arequipa region (comprised of five groups including IGP’s OVS and INGEMMET’s OVI) reported multiple explosions at Sabancaya during 16-18 and 20-21 November, and ash plumes that rose 2-4.2 km above the crater rim and drifted more than 40 km N, NE, S, and SW. The Buenos Aires VAAC stated that ash plumes visible in satellite and webcam images drifted SE on 19 November.

Ubinas | Peru : The Comité Científico de Monitoreo Permanente del volcán Ubinas, made up of scientists from IGP’s Observatorio Vulcanológico del Sur (OVS) and INGEMMET’s Observatorio Vulcanológico (OVI), reported that at 1829 on 17 November an explosion at Ubinas generated an ash plume that rose 500 m above the crater rim and drifted W.

Zhupanovsky | Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) : KVERT reported that at 1429 on 20 November a webcam recorded ash plumes from Zhupanovsky rising to altitudes of 6-8 km (19,700-26,200 ft) a.s.l. and drifted 73 km E. The Aviation Color Code was raised from Green to Orange, the second highest level on a 4-color scale. KVERT noted that conditions were quiet after the eruption; on 22 November the Aviation Color Code was lowered to Yellow.