Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits Guatemala.

5.3 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits papua, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of central Peru.

5.0 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.


Vietnam – Floods from torrential rains have killed eight people and left four others missing in central Vietnam with more downpours forecast in the region. The report says a cold spell from the north is expected to extend heavy rains until Saturday. The floods damaged the region’s infrastructure, agriculture and livestock.

San Francisco, California, USA – King tides created exceptionally high waves in the Bay Area and caused some flooding and standing water near the Embarcadero in San Francisco.


Wildfires – Colorado, USA

Two fires over the last two days in Colorado have burned a total of almost 2,200 acres.

The largest fire started Thursday night when very strong winds blew over a truck which then skidded along the road, creating sparks. The blaze, now contained, burned about 2,000 acres near Interstate 25 south of Walsenburg, Colorado.

A fire near Loveland, Colorado also started Thursday night. Loveland Fire and Rescue reports that they have it contained at 189 acres.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – Ongoing Activity for the week of 7 December-13 December 2016

Kilauea | Hawaiian Islands (USA) : During 7-13 December HVO reported that the lava lake continued to rise and fall, circulate, and spatter in Kilauea’s Overlook vent; the lake level rose as high as 9 m below the Halema’uma’u floor. Webcams recorded incandescence from long-active sources within Pu’u ‘O’o Crater and from a vent high on the NE flank of the cone. 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. An active branch of 61G remained active E of Pu’u ‘O’o and advanced slowly E at a rate of only a few tens of meters per day.

Nevado del Ruiz | Colombia : Servicio Geológico Colombiano’s (SGC) Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Manizales reported that during 6-12 December seismicity at Nevado del Ruiz was characterized by a decrease in the number and magnitude of earthquakes compared to the previous week. Significant amounts of water vapor and gas rose from the crater. On 7 December a low-energy thermal anomaly near Arenas Crater was detected by the MIROVA system. On 9 December gas and water vapour plumes sometimes containing ash rose 2 km above the crater rim and drifted between SW and NW directions. The Alert Level remained at III (Yellow; the second lowest level on a four-colour scale).

Sabancaya | Peru : Although weather clouds often prevented webcam and satellite views of Sabancaya, the Buenos Aires VAAC noted that some clear observations during 7-13 December revealed continuous gas-and-water-vapour emissions with sporadic ash puffs which rose to variable heights. Plumes drifted SW, SE, and ENE.

Suwanosejima | Ryukyu Islands (Japan) : Based on JMA notices, pilot observations, and satellite-image analyses, the Tokyo VAAC reported that explosions at Suwanosejima on 13 December generated ash plumes that rose to an altitude of 4 km (13,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted NE.

Turrialba | Costa Rica : OVSICORI-UNA reported that after three days of continuous ash emissions at Turrialba activity decreased during the morning of 8 December. Weak and sporadic emissions rising no higher than 200 m above the vent were observed in the afternoon. Events at 0919 and 0934 on 9 December produced ash plumes that rose 500 m and drifted NW. Weak and sporadic ash emissions the rest of the day rose no higher than 500 m. Passive ash emissions on 12 December did not exceed 500 m and drifted NW.