Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits near the south coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.2 Earthquake hits Timor, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Scotia sea.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Atlantic:

After a long lull, an area of low pressure that originated along a frontal boundary has separated from the front to become Subtropical Storm Melissa, the 13th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

Melissa is a large storm, with tropical storm force winds extending 230 miles from the centre. The storm is expected to move slowly northwestward and eventually northward before accelerating northeastward and out to sea by mid-week. Melissa could strengthen or briefly attain full tropical storm status as it remains over ocean waters in the mid to upper 70s but will quickly transition to an extratropical storm by late week as accelerates toward much cooler waters. Melissa is no threat to the U.S. or any other land areas.


Sardinia: Island hit by deadly storm and floods. Emergency crews worked to reach remote parts of flood-ravaged Sardinia on Tuesday after a torrential rainstorm killed at least 16 people, downed bridges and swept cars away. The toll of 16 may still rise as crews reach isolated areas in the countryside where some homes are submerged. The island, famed for its Costa Smeralda beaches of crystal clear water and dry Mediterranean climate, received more than 400 millimeters (17 inches) of water in 24 hours.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): Another explosion occurred this morning, sending an ash plume to about 30,000 ft (9 km) altitude according to Darwin VAAC, that drifted westward. The aviation alert level was raised to red immediately.

Merapi (Central Java): A relatively strong explosion occurred yesterday morning (4-6 am local time), producing a large ash plume of about 2 km height and accompanied by loud rumblings. Ash fell to the south and east sides of the volcano, as far as Solo (30 km distance). According to local press, many people spontaneously evacuated their homes in several villages near the volcano.