Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 Earthquake hits off the coast of Aisen, Chile.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

5.2 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Valparaiso, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic:

Invest 96L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Eastern Pacific:

Hurricane Frank is located about 625 mi…1005 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…80 mph…130 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Storm Georgette is located about 1270 mi…2045 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…NW or 310 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical storm 05w (Mirinae), located approximately 99 nm southeast of Hanoi, Vietnam, is tracking west-northwestward at 14 knots.


Assam, India – At least seven people have died and 1.2 million others were displaced from their homes in India’s northeastern state of Assam after heavy monsoon rains and flooding inundated the country. According to the Associated Press, army soldiers rescued thousands of people using boats. Many residents were stranded on the roofs of their homes and had to be taken to a safe location. Much of Assam is under water after the Brahmaputra and its tributaries breached their banks, with 18 of the state’s districts affected. Large stretches of main roads and highways have been washed away and power pylons have come down. District officials said more than 200 relief camps have been set up for flood victims. Thousands of acres of farmlands have been flooded.


Dengue in Delhi, India

The Indian capital of Delhi saw 40 dengue fever cases during the past week in the city, including the first fatality, which has prompted health officials to open 350 dengue clinics. The fatality, reported late last week, was a 17-year-girl who had the most severe form of the viral disease, dengue shock syndrome.

Egypt reports 3 human H5N1 avian influenza cases

Three new laboratory-confirmed human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection were reported to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Anthrax outbreak in Yamalsky District, Russia

At least nine people in the Yamal region of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous district (YNAD) in northern Russia are hospitalized due to anthrax, according to a Siberian Times report. Four children are reported as being treated in intensive care.

This is the first anthrax outbreak recorded in more than seven decades.

1200 reindeer died suddenly in the areas around Tarko-Sale but the authorities are unclear so far how many perished from anthrax. Health authorities are deeply concerned about nomadic herders and their families in the Tarko-Sale camp, some 540 kilometres (350 miles) south-east of regional capital Salekhard. A mass evacuation is underway. Vaccination of deer not affected has begun and is expected to be completed in three days.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Kilauea (Hawai’i): Over the weekend, the lava flow in the coastal flat had advanced significantly, bringing the closest lava flow front to only 370 m distance from the coast as of Monday morning (Hawaiian time). Chances to see lava entering the sea in the coming days or weeks are increasing with each day. At the summit caldera, the level of Halema’uma’u’s active lava lake has again dropped to 26 meters below the crater floor, hiding it from direct view from the volcano observatory. The so-called 61G lava flow continued its rapid advance and reached the ocean early yesterday morning at 01:12 local time. It crossed the emergency coastal road and created a new narrow ocean entry where new land is now being formed to again enlarge the surface of Big Island.