Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka, Russia.

5.5 Earthquake hits offshore El Salvador.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of Africa.

5.0 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.


Forest Fires in South Korea

Forest fire in Pohang has killed one Korean and injured 14 others. The fire destroyed about 53 houses after it entered a residential area and burned five hectares of homes.

More than 2,000 firefighters, soldiers and rescue employees are struggling to control the blaze.


Another forest fire in Ulsan, southeast of Seoul has injured three people.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Etna (Sicily, Italy): Ash emissions were observed from the central crater (Voragine) and weak strombolian activity took place from the New SE crater over night.

Shiveluch (Kamchatka):  An eruption generated an ash plume that rose to estimated 20,000 ft (about 6 km) this morning, VAAC Tokyo reported. The event was probably caused by another partial dome collapse and/ or explosion at the growing lava dome.

Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): (9 Mar) An unusually high ash plume rising to 15,000 ft (4.5 km) was reported this morning. This suggests a significantly larger than average vulcanian explosion took place.

Paluweh (off Flores Island, Indonesia): (9 Mar) An explosion or/and dome collapse at the still active lava dome produced an ash plume rising to about 8,000 ft (2.4 km) altitude this morning.

Cleveland (Aleutian Islands, Alaska): (9 Mar) AVO lowered the alert level from ORANGE to YELLOW: The summit lava dome extruded in late January 2013 has remained unchanged since the last color code change on February 6, 2013. Anomalous surface temperatures prevalent in late January through mid-February declined and the last thermal anomaly observed in satellite imagery was reported on February 26. Although satellite viewing conditions at Cleveland are typically cloudy, clear views between March 1 and 5 indicate no change has occurred in the summit dome and thermal anomalies no longer are present. Therefore, the Aviation Color Code and Volcano Alert Level for Cleveland is lowered to YELLOW/ADVISORY. (Source: AVO)

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): (9 Mar) Activity (internal and external) has decreased again to levels similar to past weeks. Glow is visible at the summit, and degassing (SO2) remains elevated.

Laguna del Maule (Central Chile): (9 Mar) New signs of volcanic unrest – seismic swarms and ground inflation – have been detected at the volcano recently and SERNAGEOMIN raised the alert level of the volcano to yellow. A seismic crisis began around February and currently has contained nearly 130 quakes of volcanic-tectonic origin (rock fracturing at depth) as well as fluid movements and volcanic tremor.

Storms and Floods

Floods in France

Flooding in south-western France has killed at least one person and destroyed hundreds of homes. The Government has declared a state of natural catastrophe.

The Agly River burst its banks and caused flooding in Perpignan. The flood displaced around 700 people.

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Avalanche – Russia

An avalanche in the Duvansky district in Bashkortostan area of the Ural Mountains has killed two schoolboys.