Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.7 earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.5 earthquake hits the South Shetland Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.4 earthquake hits the South Shetland Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.2 earthquake hits Tajikistan.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Shetland Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Zeta is located about 265 mi…430 km sw of the mouth of the Mississippi river and about 295 mi…470 km ssw of New Orleans Louisiana with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…n or 360 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 22w (Goni), located approximately 865 nm east of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Vietnam – Typhoon Molave made landfall south of Da Nang in Vietnam on 28 October 2020 with winds of up to 145km/h, making it one of the strongest typhoons in the region in decades. 374,600 people had evacuated their homes and moved to safer locations. The rain caused flash flooding and several landslides in central provinces, in particular in Quang Nam Province where 55 people were missing after landslides in Nam Tra My and Phuoc Son districts. The army has mobilized troops and vehicles for search and rescue operations.

Indonesia – Floods and landslides claimed two lives in Pangandaran Regency, West Java on 27 October 2020. Initial assessments suggest at least 111 houses were flooded, affecting 311 people in in six villages in the sub-districts of Padaheran, Langkaplancar, Sidamulih and Parigi. Two people died when a landslide buried at least 1 house. The floods and landslides occurred due to a high rainfall intensity and an unstable soil structure.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the Week 21 October 2020 – 27 October 2020

Bezymianny | Central Kamchatka (Russia) : Based on Tokyo VAAC notices, KVERT reported that an explosive eruption at Bezymianny began at 0822 on 22 October and produced a large ash cloud that rose as high as 9 km (29,500 ft) a.s.l. The Aviation colour Code was raised to Red, the highest level on a four-colour scale. The ash cloud identified in satellite images was 100 x 200 km in size. KVERT noted that by 1519 the eruption was over. A large ash cloud was still visible, though it had dropped to lower altitudes of 5-5.5 km (16,400-18,000 ft) a.s.l. and split into a N part (57 x 105 km) and a S part (36 x 67 km). The clouds shiftied direction and drifted as far as 811 km NW and SE. The Aviation colour Code was lowered to Orange. On 23 October a thermal anomaly over the summit was identified in satellite images and growth of a lava dome was noted. The Aviation colour Code was lowered to Yellow.

Karymsky | Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) : A new eruption at Karymsky that began on 21 October prompted KVERT to raise the Aviation colour Code to Orange (the second highest level on a four-colour scale). A thermal anomaly was identified in satellite images. During 21-23 October explosions produced ash plumes that rose as high as 6 km (19,700 ft) a.s.l. and drifted 380 km SE. An ash cloud, 30 x 60 km in area, was identified in satellite images 530 km SE from the volcano.

Klyuchevskoy | Central Kamchatka (Russia) : KVERT reported that Strombolian activity at Klyuchevskoy continued during 16-23 October and lava advanced down the Apakhonchich drainage on the SE flank. A large bright thermal anomaly was identified daily in satellite images and on 18 October an ash plume drifted 90 km E. The Aviation colour Code was raised to Orange (the second highest level on a four-colour scale) on 8 October.