Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
7.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.
A strong earthquake hit off of the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu on Sunday, but authorities said any threat of a tsunami had mostly passed, and there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
5.2 Earthquake hits southern Peru.
5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.
5.0 Earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
No current tropical storms.
China – Severe floods are expected on China’s Yangtze River this year due to a strong El Nino weather pattern, state media said, raising the risk of deaths and damage to property and crops along the country’s longest waterway. Precipitation in the upper, middle and lower reaches of the river is forecast to be as much as 80 percent more than normal from May to August. Some Yangtze tributaries had already begun flooding and the flood control and drought relief situation was “extremely severe”.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
Etna (Sicily, Italy): Activity remains low at the volcano. Only weak, intermittent ash emissions with decreasing tendency continue to occur from the NE crater. However, they carry no signs that could indicate fresh lava, and likely consist of older fragmented rock material only. Surface temperatures and seismic activity are low.
Masaya (Nicaragua): The activity of the volcano’s new lava lake remains very intense. Erosion by the violently degassing (“boiling”) lava continues to gradually widen the walls of the pit crater containing the lake.
Nyiragongo (DRCongo): A recent visit to the volcano showed no more (or at least no more significant) activity from the side vent on the lower terrace. The recent lava flows that had surrounded the lips of the inner crater and partially spilled into the central lava lake were seen cooling.