Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits North Island, New Zealand.

5.1 Earthquake hits Albania.

5.1 Earthquake hits Araucania, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical Cyclone Chapala (tc) 04a, located approximately 82 nm northeast of Socotra Island, Yemen, is tracking westward at 07 knots.


Texas, USA – The death toll rose to six in Texas as more bodies were recovered on Saturday after another band of strong storms and heavy rain spawned three tornadoes and dangerous flooding in the waterlogged state. It was the second day of turbulent weather in Texas, where at least four people died Friday in flood waters in central Texas. The storms and suspected tornadoes, which forecasters say were caused by an upper-level disturbance from Mexico, socked an already-sodden swath of Texas that was still drying out from the remnants of Hurricane Patricia.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Lascar (Northern Chile): An moderately strong ash eruption occurred at the volcano yesterday morning at 09:32 local time. An ash plume rose approx. 2.5 km from the summit crater.

It is unclear whether the eruption was caused by fresh magma or, more likely, by an explosion of overheated water (phreatic activity).