Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.8 Earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia (no 2).

5.4 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Rat islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits west of the Mariana Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean:

Tropical storm Douglas is located about 460 mi…735 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h.

present movement…NW or 320 degrees at 2 mph…4 km/h.

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical depression 08w (eight) has formed and is located approximately 184 nm south-southwest of Andersen AFB, and has tracked northwestward at 13 knots over the past six hours.

In the Atlantic:

Hurricane Arthur is located about 260 mi…415 km SW of Cape Hatteras North Carolina about 110 mi…175 km SSW of Cape Fear North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h.

present movement…NNE or 15 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.



Honduras – A landslide at a gold mine has trapped 11 workers. The landslide occurred at a gold mine in San Juan Arriba in a vertical tunnel at a depth of about 80 m (260 ft).

India – A landslide at Surai Toda in Chamoli district of India has claimed the lives of two people.

New York, USA – Several roads and highways have been closed by flooding as severe thunderstorms rolled through eastern New York.

Indiana, USA – The NWS has confirmed there tornadoes in northern Indiana. The tornadoes have been blamed for at least two deaths.


Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update

On 22 June 2014, the National IHR Focal Point for the Islamic Republic of Iran reported to WHO an additional laboratory-confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. On 25 and 27 June 2014, the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported the diagnosis of an additional 3 cases of MERS-CoV infection.

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – update

On 22-23 and 25 April 2014, Taipei Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported 2 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9). These are the third and fourth cases with infection of avian influenza A(H7N9) virus reported from Taipei CDC.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Tacaná volcano (Mexico / Guatemala): shallow earthquakes A number of shallow earthquakes has occurred recently under the volcano. The largest was a magnitude 4.0 event at 5 km depth under the eastern flank. No reports of unusual activity at the volcano are available.

Popocatépetl volcano (Central Mexico) activity update No significant changes in activity have occurred over the past weeks. Following a very quiet period, the volcano has become a bit more active in the past days with an increased number of steam and gas emissions.

Ubinas volcano (Peru): small explosion A small explosion occurred this morning (09:15 local time) at the volcano and produced a small ash plume.

Batu Tara volcano (Sunda Islands, Indonesia) activity update Strombolian activity continues. An ash plume from a stronger event was detected this morning on satellite imagery (VAAC Darwin).

Santa María / Santiaguito volcano (Guatemala) activity update Activity remains low. The observatory reported sporadic small explosions and small avalanches from active block lava flows on the east and southeast flanks of the Caliente dome.

Fuego volcano (Guatemala) activity update The new lava flow continues to slowly advance on the upper SE flank and reached a length of 200 m this morning. Strombolian-type eExplosions have been relatively frequent and weak to moderate in size, generating ash plumes up to 800 m tall.

Karymsky volcano (Kamchatka) activity update According to KVERT, strombolian to vulcanian explosive activity continues. Recorded seismic activity was moderate.

Bezymianny volcano (Central Kamchatka Depression, Kamchatka) activity update: steaming, weak seismic activity Very weak activity continues at the volcano. During the past week, KVERT registered shallow earthquakes. Video data captured minor gas-and-steam plumes rising from the volcano.

Sinabung volcano (Sumatra, Indonesia) activity update VSI published a new status report which indicates that effusive activity at the volcano still continues. The lava lobe still grows at very slow rate with an overall decreasing trend over the past months.

Kusatsu-Shirane volcano (Honshu, Japan) activity update: seismic unrest JMA reported that deformation of Kusatsu-Shiranesan’s crater and the elevated temperatures which began earlier in March, continued during 25-30 June. This activity has been focused in the area immediately of N of Mizugama crater. Some seismicity was also reported, although tremor was absent. The Alert Level remains at 2 (on a scale of 1-5).


Wildfires In Canada Creating Hazy Skies in Colorado

Winds high in the atmosphere have brought smoke from fires in the Northwest Territories of Canada to much of eastern Colorado.

Canada fires hazy skies

Multiple wildfires burning through Southern Utah

Fire crews battled nearly a dozen fires in and around southwestern Utah late Wednesday, including four that grew to more than 100 acres and a pair that came close to structures.

At one point there were 11 active fires that crews were tracking, said Joe Harris, Dixie National Forest public affairs officer, explaining that lightning maps showed more than 600 strikes in the area in the previous 24 hours from thunderstorms.