Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Pagan region in the North Mariana Islands.

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

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Georgia Islands.

Two 5.1 Earthquakes hit off the east coast of Honshu Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrava region, Russia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Bonin Islands off Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Atlantic:

Tropical Depression Fiona is located about 525 mi…845 km NE of the northern Leeward Islands and about 670 mi…1080 km se of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 18 mph…30 km/h.

Invest 90L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

Invest 99L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical Storm Kay is located about 430 mi…690 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 300 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Western Pacific:

Typhoon 10w (Mindulle), located approximately 39 nm east-northeast of Yokota AB, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 18 knots.

Tropical Storm 12w (Lionrock), located approximately 338 nm east-northeast of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 05 knots.


Japan – Typhoon Mindulle lashed Tokyo on Monday, dumping heavy rain across the capital while nationwide at least one person was feared dead in storm-related incidents. Storm water coursed down usually placid rivers and left many streets flooded, with conditions expected to peak by the afternoon. Staff at Narita International Airport abandoned the control tower when winds reached 126 kph, a Transport Ministry official said. The move shut down the airport for about an hour.


Pakistan reports 20 Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever deaths

Health officials in Pakistan have put the death tally at 20 so far this year due to the tick-borne viral disease, Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever (CCHF), according to a report in The Nation today. This total includes 12 fatalities from Balochistan and five from Karachi. The remaining cases were from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Bahawalpur.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): The volcano has been getting more active again during the past night: a series of small explosions and associated ash emissions occurred from the older summit crater, Minamidake. It will be interesting to see whether or not Sakurajima returns to its previously so typical style of intermittent, often quite powerful vulcanian-type explosions (at rates ranging from one every few days to several per day).

Popocatépetl volcano (Mexico): The volcano’s activity has been essentially unchanged over the past week. On average, 2-4 explosions have been occurring daily – mostly small events with plumes less than 1 km tall – and about 50-100 pulses of steam emissions (“exhalations”). Glow at night visible from the crater indicates that magma continues to slowly rise and accumulate there. The official alert level remains at “Yellow Phase 2”.