Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.9 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits near the coast of Nicaragua.

5.1 earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.1 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Fiona is located about 580 mi…935 km e of the Leeward islands with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 14w (Muifa), located approximately 180 nm snorth-northwest of Shanghai, China, is tracking north-northwestward at 14 knots.

Typhoon 15w (Merbok), located approximately 1050 north of Wake Island, is tracking north-northmeastward at 33 knots.

Tropical Storm 16w (Nanmadol), located approximately 164 nm west-southwest of Iwo To, is tracking westward at 09 knots.

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Portugal – Heavy rainfall in central Portugal caused severe flooding and debris flows in areas of Manteigas municipality, Guarda District on 13 September 2022. Heavy rain fell on burn scar areas of the Serra da Estrela mountain range. The areas had seen intense forest fires during the summer and by late August the government declared a state of calamity. From late 12 September 2022 flood water, mud, downed trees and debris raced down hillsides around the village of Sameiro. Images show damage to buildings and infrastructure. At least 4 vehicles were dragged into the river Zêzere.


Wildfires – California, USA

Dozens of buildings burned and a major interstate was closed as gusty winds fanned a large wildfire in California’s Sierra Nevada and ignited another blaze nearby, authorities said Tuesday. The Mosquito Fire tore through 51 buildings, destroying 46 of them, in the small community of Michigan Bluff, west of South Lake Tahoe. The Mosquito Fire had swelled to nearly 50,000 acres by Tuesday afternoon, and it was 18% contained, according to Cal Fire.


Measles – DR Congo

From the beginning of the year and through August 28, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has reported 100,044 suspected measles cases, of which 4,652 cases were confirmed. In addition, 1,294 measles related deaths have been reported (1.3% case fatality rate).


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the week 7 September – 13 September 2022

Alaid – Kuril Islands (Russia) : The Tokyo VAAC reported that on 10 September an ash plume from Alaid identified in satellite images rose to an altitude of 3 km (10,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted SE.

Chikurachki – Paramushir Island (Russia) : KVERT lowered the Aviation Color Code for Chikurachki to Yellow (the second lowest level on a four-color scale) on 8 September, noting that ash plumes were last observed on 2 September and a thermal anomaly over the crater was last visible on 4 September. Gas-and-steam emissions continued to rise form the summit.

Gamalama – Halmahera : PVMBG reported that the number of deep volcanic earthquakes at Gamalama increased during the morning of 14 September and nine volcanic earthquakes were recorded. A white-and-brown plume of variable density rose as much as 250 m above the summit.

Home Reef – Tonga Ridge : The Tonga Geological Services reported that a new submarine eruption at Home Reef began at 0139 on 10 September based on a volcanic gas plume detected in satellite images. By 1259 material had formed a new small island, about 70 m in diameter and an estimated 10 m above the ocean surface. Gas emissions rose less than 1 km above the sea. Submarine activity was detected during 12-13 September, and a thermal anomaly was identified in a satellite image acquired at 1400 on 13 September.