Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.8 Earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.
5.7 Earthquake hits south ofFiji.
5.3 Earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.
5.2 Earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.
5.0 Earthquake hits Veracruz, Mexico.
5.0 Earthquake hits the Nias region, Indonesia.
5.0 Earthquake hits Taiwan.
5.0 Earthquake hits the western Indian-Antarctic ridge.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
There are no current tropical storms.
California, USA – A massive landslide has buried a section of California’s iconic Highway 1 in Big Sur. More than one million tons of rock and dirt buried a .25 mile stretch of Highway 1 under 40-feet of debris. Authorities have no estimate when it might re-open. The area remains unstable.
Philippines – Hour-long rains in Quezon City left certain areas flooded Thursday morning, rendering some streets impassable to traffic and leaving some commuters stranded.
Hong Kong – A downpour disrupted flights, hospital clinics closed, the judiciary adjourned hearings, schools suspended classes, and people and traffic waded through flooded streets today in the wake of a heavy downpour from early morning. Rainfall in Kowloon and the eastern part of Lantau Island exceeded 200 millimeters. In Kwai Tsing and Sham Shui Po, rainfall exceeded 300 millimeters.
US growing season extends by 13 frost-free days
The number of frost-free days in the northern United States has increased by more than 13 days in the past 100 years, according to new research.
The other main areas of the mainland US also saw significant increases in the number of days without frost, essentially the growing season – 10.7 days in the west, 8.6 in a central region and 7.7 days in the south.
Global warming was one of the reasons for the trend, but the researchers also found changes to local cloud cover and atmospheric circulation patterns played a part.
Wildfires – Siberia
More than 500 people have lost their homes in large-scale wildfires sweeping across Russia’s Krasnoyarsk Region on Thursday. According to verified data, fires destroyed 130 houses in the Krasnoyarsk Region, leaving 533 people, including 67 children, homeless. The death of two people has been confirmed,”
Malaria outbreak: South Africa
In an update on the malaria situation in South Africa, health officials in Mpumalanga province have reported more than 1300 malaria cases and 14 deaths, according to a South African media report Thursday. The Bushbuckridge area recorded the highest number of malaria cases accounting for about half of the 1,330 reported cases were in the area.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the week of 17 May – 23 May 2017
Manam | Papua New Guinea : Based on analyses of satellite imagery and model data, the Darwin VAAC reported that during 18-20 May ash plumes from Manam rose 2.1-2.7 km (7,000-9,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted W and WNW.
Nishinoshima | Japan : The Japan Coast Guard reported that during an overflight of Nishinoshima during 1300-1345 on 2 May observers noted frequent (every 40-60 seconds) Strombolian explosions at a new pyroclastic cone in the crater. Ash plumes rose 500 m. Two lava flows originating from the N part of the cone traveled 180 m SW and 170 m W, and entered the ocean. The island continued to grow and was estimated to be 2 km E to W and about 1.9 km N to S, with an area of 2.75 square kilometers (it was 2.68 square kilometers on 15 September 2016).
Poas | Costa Rica : OVSICORI-UNA reported that tremor levels at Poás were at low-to-moderate levels during 17-21 May and at higher levels during 22-23 May. Low-amplitude long-period earthquakes were recorded on 19 May, and some low-frequency and volcano-tectonic events were detected during 21-22 May. Plumes consisted mainly of gas and water vapor, but sometimes included solid material, and rose no more than 1 km above the vent.
Sheveluch | Central Kamchatka (Russia) : KVERT reported that during 13-14 May a series of explosions at Sheveluch generated ash plumes that rose 4.5-5 km (14,800-16,400 ft) a.s.l. and drifted SW and SE. Powerful explosions on 16 May generated ash plumes that rose as high as 11 km (36,100 ft) a.s.l. and drifted about 150 km ENE. Pyroclastic flows descended the S flank. Two explosions were detected on 18 May. Ash plumes during 16-19 May drifted 400 km ENE. The Aviation colour Code (ACC) remained at Orange during 13-19 May, except for a few hours on 16 May when the strong explosions prompted KVERT to raise the ACC to Red.