Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Eastern Pacific:

Low pressure system Invest 93E stroll hovering off the coast of Baja California.


Guatemala – Landslide caused by heavy rains has claimed lives of at least five people and injured three others. Homes were destroyedin San Pedro Necta, Huehuetenango.

Sri Lanka – Torrential rains continued to lash most parts of Sri Lanka Monday causing floods and submerging roads in low-lying areas. Low-lying areas in the Agalawatta, Welipanna, Matugama, Paalinda Nuwara and Omatta Divisions of Kalutara district are affected by floods. Local media reports said 9 people have been killed and another two are missing due to earth slips in the areas of Matugama, Kithulgoda and Thalangama.

Iowa, USA – At least one tornado has been reported in north-central Iowa as storms moved across the mostly rural part of the state, Sunday.

Nature – Images

Interesting Images:

New Zealand photographer Chris Watson captured an image of one of the first winter storms of the year near Invercargill, New Zealand. The storms disrupted a food festival in the area and trapped motorists on the highway for hours.



Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 Earthquake hits off the coast of Jalisco, Mexico.

5.7 Earthquake hits the north Indian Ocean.

5.2 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.2 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Philippines Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Eastern Pacific:

Low pressure system Invest 93E remains off the coast of Baja California. This area of disturbed weather has the potential for tropical storm development.

Dramatic floods hit Siberia with fears of worse to come.

A state of emergency was declared in the mountainous Republic of Altai after four days of extreme rainfall in southern Siberia. In all, 20 road and pedestrian bridges were damaged, leaving villages cut off.

Almost 4,000 houses were flooded in the deluge with more than 9,000 people hit including 2,000-plus children.

The destruction of a bridge in Chemalsky district caused an accident with the overturning of a GAZ-66 killing two people.

Reports said another four had died in the flooding which has also hit Khakassia and Tuva, with fears for Altai region, as well as Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk and Transbaikal. The Russian Emergencies Ministry (EMERCOM) and local authorities were working to assist people in the latest flooding to hit Siberia, an increasing phenomenon blamed by some experts on global warming.

Two Ilyushin Il-76 planes were sent to Siberia carrying rescue equipment, KAMAZ trucks and boats.

More than 2,000 people and 630 appliances were involved in the rescue efforts, along with dozens of boats.

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Philippines – Due to heavy rain and thunderstorms, some parts of Metro Manila and Mindanao were flooded Sunday.

Iran – Floods have killed three people in northeastern Iran and emergency workers rescued 600 people from a neighbouring region hit by a landslide, media and the Red Crescent reported on Saturday. Heavy rains hit Iran hard in the past week, with the fatalities being recorded in Khorasan province.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Etna (Sicily, Italy): Activity has decreased. No new ash emissions from the Bocca Nuova could be noticed on webcam images and the strombolian activity at the New SE crater, although still present, has weakened and become much more sporadic as well.

Sangeang Api (Indonesia): After the violent eruption on Saturday, a strong initial explosion followed by at least 3 other, but smaller explosions and ash emissions until yesterday, activity at the volcano has calmed down significantly. Weaker ash and steam emissions still continue but at significantly reduced intensity. The Indonesian Volcanological Survey (VSI) lowered the alert status back to 2 (“waspada”) on a scale of 1-4.

Pavlov (Alaska Peninsula, USA): After about 1 year of pause, a new eruption started at the volcano on 30 May. Ground observers saw a small lava flow from a vent on the upper NE side of the cone. “Satellite imagery shows elevated surface temperatures. A low level steam plume is visible in satellite imagery and in the FAA web camera located in Cold Bay. Several pilots reported a gas and ash plume drifting north at 7,000 to 8,000 feet above sea level. Based on these observations AVO raised the Aviation Color Code to ORANGE.”

Fuego (Guatemala): Activity at the volcano continued with little variation as intermittent strombolian explosions of small to moderate size. Incandescent material was ejected to about 100 m height and fell back to form glowing avalanches on the upper crater. Ash plumes rose to 400-700 m height and drifted for approx. 8 km before dissipating.