Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of Ecuador.

5.4 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.4 Earthquake hits near the coast of Ecuador.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Andaman Islands off India.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 19s (Fantala), located approximately 634 nm north-northwest of Port Louis, Mauritius, and is tracking southeastward at 09 knots.

This 175 MPH Big Red Blob is the Strongest Cyclone Ever Recorded in the Indian Ocean

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Cyclone Fantala is now the third storm in the last six months to reach the “strongest on record” classification. Most recently, Tropical Cyclone Winston tore through the South Pacific as the strongest that had ever been recorded there. Before that, Hurricane Patricia was the strongest ever recorded in the Eastern Pacific.

Unlike Winston, fortunately, Fantala’s track over the Indian Ocean has the eye of this very intense cyclone steering wide of landmass as it travels well off the coast of Madagascar. Forecasters say even if it does make landfall on Madagascar, by the time it does, the storm will be significantly weakened. On Monday the storm passed over the Seychelles island chain, but it left nothing more than some structural damages and no injuries.

Tropical cyclone 20p (Twenty), located approximately 352 nm west of Avata, Samoa, and is tracking west-northwestward at 06 knots.

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Wildfires – Alberta, Canada

Dozens more wildfires started in Alberta forests overnight, according to the province, bringing the number of such blazes so far this year to 157. Dozens of homes have been evacuated in Parkland County due to wildfires.

Wildfires – Virginia, USA

The Virginia Department of Forestry says wildland firefighters were sent to the Southwest region to battle a number of fires in Buchanan, Dickinson, Lee, Wise and Scott counties. One of the fires is burning near a high school.

In addition, forestry firefighters are working to put out a 2,000-acre forest fire in the Shenandoah National Park.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Santiaguito (Guatemala): Another partial collapse of the Caliente lava dome, likely accompanied with explosive activity, occurred yesterday morning at around 8am local time. Pyroclastic flows traveled several kilometers to the S and SE and an ash column rose to 4.5 km altitude, and drifted 25 km SW.

Moderate to strong ash fall affected areas to the W and SW including Loma Linda (6 km distance), San Marcos Palajunoj (16 km), Retalhuleu (25 km). The eruption has not caused other significant damage reported.

To what extent the ash plume was originating from the collapse that produced the pyroclastic flow(s) versus from true explosive activity from accumulated, pressurized gasses is difficult to judge. It might well be the case that increased effusion rate of viscous lava at the dome was the main responsible, causing collapse avalanches that in turn create so-called co-ignimbrite ash plumes.