Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits Alaska.

5.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits near the west coast of Colombia.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits the Nicobar Islands off India.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Thirteen is located About 905 mi…1455 km e of the northern Leeward islands with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 295 degrees at 21 mph…33 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane 12e (Genevieve), located approximately 729 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking north-northwestward at 06 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Cameroon – Heavy rainfall at the end of July caused widespread flooding in seven districts of Mayo-Danay division, Far North (Extrême-Nord) region. According to the Cameroonian Red Cross, 5,553 people, including 1,260 children under five years old and 407 individuals with special needs have lost their shelter, personal belongings, livestock and field crops.

Uganda – Red Cross in Uganda reported that flash flooding caused severe damaged in Kasitu Sub County, Bundibugyo district early on 19 August, 2020. Heavy rainfall during the early hours of 19 August caused several local rivers to break their banks. Local officials said at least 800 homes were damaged, along with crops, roads and bridges. One person was missing, later found dead, after floods in Ntandi trading centre, Kasitu Sub County, Bundibugyo district.

Nepal – Authorities in Nepal report that at least 6 people have died and more are missing after flooding western parts of the country. A small stream broke its banks in Ramaroshan Rural Municipality, Achham district in Sudurpashchim Province, late on 18 August, 2020. Flash flooding swept away 22 houses. The bodies of 6 people have been found, while 11 more are thought to be missing. Three people were injured in the incident.

Australia – Damaging winds, dust storms and small bushfires have broken out across New South Wales and one person has been injured after scaffolding collapsed in Gosford during high winds.

Nature – Images

Interesting Images

The picture, which was captured by an astronaut on the International Space Station, shows the exact moment when Aurora meets airglow above the Earth before dawn.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Nine small bushfires broke out across New South Wales marking the first fires of the season. The largest fire, at Duranbah in the Tweed Council, was 164 hectares in size and out of control at 4.30pm.

Similarly in Queensland, bushfire season has been sparked by strong winds and dry conditions, with three blazes burning across the state today.

Wildfires – California, USA

Crews were battling wildfires in the San Francisco Bay Area and thousands of people were under orders to evacuate Wednesday as hundreds of wildfires blazed across the state amid a blistering heat wave now in its second week.

Gov. Gavin Newsom blamed “this extraordinary weather we’re experiencing and all of these lightning strikes” for 367 known fires, including 23 major fires or groups of fires. He said the state has recorded nearly 11,000 lightning strikes in 72 hours.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the Week 12 August 2020 – 18 August 2020

Manam | Papua New Guinea : The Darwin VAAC reported that on 16 August ash plumes from Manam rose 2.1-4.3 km (7,000-14,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted W and NW.

Raung | Eastern Java (Indonesia) : PVMBG reported that gray emissions rose 200 m above Raung’s summit and drifted S during 11-12 August. White plumes rose as high as 100 m and drifted N and S on a few days during 13-18 August; weather conditions sometimes prevented visual observations. The Alert Level remained at 2 (on a scale of 1-4), and the public was warned to remain outside of the 2-km exclusion zone.

Sinabung | Indonesia : PVMBG reported that white-and-gray plumes rose 200 m above Sinabung’s summit and drifted E and SE on 12 August. A series of seven eruptions late on 13 August generated ash plumes that rose as high as 2 km and drifted E, SE, and S. The first event, at 0607, lasted for 12 minutes and produced an ash plume that rose 2 km according to BNPB. Seismicity was dominated by continuous tremor during the series. Eruptive events at 1030, 1425, and 1455 on 14 August produced ash plumes that rose as high as 2.1 km and drifted SSE and ESE. An ash plume from an event at 1656 rose 4.2 km and drifted E. At 1724 on 17 August an ash plume rose 1.5 km and drifted SE. Ash plumes rose as high as 2 km on 18 August. The Alert Level remained at 3 (on a scale of 1-4), with a general exclusion zone of 3 km and extensions to 5 km on the SE sector and 4 km in the NE sector.