Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits the Saipan region in the North Mariana Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Pribilof Islands, Alaska.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Pribilof Islands, Alaska.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Pribilof Islands, Alaska.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Pribilof Islands, Alaska.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Africa.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Panama.

5.1 Earthquake hits the east Siberian Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Nepal.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Pribilof Islands, Alaska.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone 10p (Ola), forms approximately 233 nm west-northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, and is tracking southeastward at 08 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 09s (Eunice), forms in the southern Indian Ocean, is located approximately 847 nm south-southeast of Diego Garcia and is tracking eastward at 17 knots.

NewsBytes:

Switzerland – An avalanche in the Swiss Alps has claimed lives of four people and injured three others. The victims were part of a group of nine skiers that was swept away by the avalanche on the eastern slope of Piz Vilan in the eastern Swiss district of Landquart.

Global Warming

Iceland’s land is rising 1.4 inches annually due to climate change

Iceland’s land is rising, by 1.4 inches each year in many parts of the country, as glaciers melt and the crust below and nearby rebounds, researchers from the University of Arizona and the University of Iceland reported in a new study.

In other words, as glaciers melt there is less weight pushing down on the land, which subsequently rises.

The geoscientists warned that volcanic activity is likely to increase as it did during the last deglaciation roughly 12,000 years ago.

The team members say their study is the first to show the current rapid uplift of the Icelandic crust resulting from the accelerated melting of the country’s glaciers and coincides with the current global warming that started about 30 years ago.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Etna (Sicily, Italy): After a few days of apparent calm, new activity resumes on Etna: Seismic tremor started to rise steeply this morning about 6:00 (local time). At the moment it is still elevated with an overall increasing tendency. Unfortunately, the weather is very bad to see what is going on. Ash fall was reported in the east sector of the volcano.