Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.0 Earthquake hits south of Panama.
5.3 Earthquake hits Tachira, Venezuela.
5.2 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.
5.1 Earthquake hits western Xizang, China.
5.1 Earthquake hits Sucre, Venezuela.
5.1 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka, Russia.
5.0 Earthquake hits Tachira, Venezuela.
5.0 Earthquake hits Guatemala.
5.0 Earthquake hits the south Indian Ocean.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
No current tropical storms.
USA -Sky River to Bust Northern California Drought This Week
California forecasters are prepping the state’s northern cities for a switch from extreme drought to drenching rain and damaging winds starting today.
An incoming atmospheric river could deliver at least 10 inches (25 centimetres) of rain in coastal and inland mountains, and 5 inches (13 cm) in valley areas, according to the National Weather Service. Atmospheric rivers are narrow currents of warm, moist air that transport huge amounts of water vapour from the tropics toward cooler latitudes. The water is nearly invisible, just concentrated vapour that later condenses into rain and snow. That happens when the current hits land and the air is lifted and cooled over mountains like California’s Coast Ranges and Sierra Nevada.
Zimbabwe – A single bolt of lightning has claimed lives of six children and a woman in Zimbabwe. The seven were sheltering in two thatched huts when the lightning struck in Mugwinyi village in Bikita districton Monday.
Greece Update – Experts on Wednesday continued assessing the damage done by flash floods in Epirus, northwestern Greece, over the last few days. By Wednesday afternoon they had recorded damage to 329 buildings, 229 of which are homes, in Arta. Another 43 buildings, of which 16 are homes, were damaged in Ioannina. The floods, as well as rockfalls, caused widespread damage to the road network in the area.
Turkey – Turkish authorities blame Bulgaria for failing to take measures in its reservoirs after the country’s floodgates opened following torrential rains that inundated the neighbouring Turkish province of Edirne. Turkey is at odds with Bulgaria after floodwaters from neighbouring Bulgaria engulfed the country’s northwestern border province of Edirne. Authorities told reporters that three rivers in the province broke their banks as water levels suddenly increased in the wake of the opening of reservoir floodgates in Bulgaria after last week’s heavy rainfall. Floodgates in Bulgarian dams have frequently caused problems for Edirne, situated right next to the Balkan country, but this time, Turkey has adopted harsh rhetoric against the neighbouring country.
Wildfires – Australia
A fire that started in Lower Hotham about 180km south of Perth, in the Shire of Boddington, is now threatening nearby Quindanning.
The out of control blaze has become intense and is quickly moving east, authorities say. It is burning in forest on both sides of the Murray and Hotham rivers.
It was confirmed on Thursday one home had been lost in the area.
Residents in the tiny Western Australian town of Windy Harbour were evacuated to the beach as a bushfire that has been burning in the state’s south-west for six days threatened the town.
They may have to be rescued by boat, emergency authorities said.
Bushfires burning south of Perth have destroyed two houses and three sheds, and firefighters near Northcliffe have been putting in 30-hour shifts.
The Northcliffe fire was finally quelled by favourable weather, water bombing and the mammoth efforts of hundreds of firefighters.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
Piton de la Fournaise (La Réunion): A new eruption has started at the volcano, following a brief seismic crisis that started early this morning.
According to OVPF, the new (fissure) vent should be located between Bory, Dolomieu and Rivals craters on the upper flank of the Dolomieu main cone. A lava flow is descending SSW and has already reached the base of the Dolomieu crater, i.e. the floor of the enclos. Its length is more than 1 km.
Karangetang (Siau Island, Sangihe Islands, Indonesia): Since 10 Jan 2015, the volcano has been active again. A lava dome is growing at the summit, producing incandescent avalanches.
Our correspondent Andi who visited the volcano during the pst days wrote: “Mt Karangetang spews lava flows and the status has been raised again into level 3. According to the seismic recordings from the observatory post, there are harmonic tremor and volcanic quakes, indicating the ongoing dome building. A warning was issued to the local population to prepare for possible evacuations.”