Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits the North Pacific Ocean.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Reykjanes Ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

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

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.


Sydney, Australia – Sydney has been soaked overnight with torrential downpour and massive thunderstorms, leaving parts of the city’s inner-west flooded. Heavy falls are set to continue drenching the east coast across Thursday and into the weekend, while some suburbs recorded over 100mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. The deluge of rain has already begun causing accidents on the roads, as commuters contend with flooded roads and heavy rain on their way to work in peak hour traffic.

Florida, USA – After heavy rains swept through the Gulf Coast late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, the roads and homes of Northwest Florida were left flooded. In Santa Rosa County, many of the roadways and bridges are once again open after officials were forced to close the roadways because of the flooding. In Pace, families woke up to flood waters inside their homes and feet of water waiting outside.

Global Warming

Hawaii Rebuffs Trump by Enacting Laws Supporting Paris Agreement

Following President Donald Trump’s announcement withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement, some politicians are taking a stand and making their own commitments to fight climate change.

Hawaii has become the first state to sign into law the commitments and goals of the Paris climate accord, which calls for countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and invest in “green” technology in the hope of slowing the effects of global warming. Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed two bills yesterday that will implement portions of the agreement.

Rising sea levels will boost moderate floods in some areas, severe floods in others

Rising seas are making flooding more common in coastal areas around the country. Now, a new study finds that sea-level rise will boost the occurrence of moderate rather than severe flooding in some regions of the United States, while in other areas the reverse is true.

The study by researchers at Princeton and Rutgers universities found that along the southeastern coast, where severe flooding due to hurricanes is relatively frequent, cities such as Charleston, South Carolina, will see a disproportionate increase in moderate flooding. However, areas that have little history of severe flooding, such as Seattle, are likely to experience a greater uptick in the number of severe, or even historically unprecedented, floods.

The study, published June 7 in the journal Environmental Research Letters, looked at how climate-driven sea-level rise is likely to amplify coastal flooding.


Rat Mob!

Villages in a southwestern region of Myanmar were recently deluged with thousands of rats, according to local officials. The swarm of vermin descended following heavy flooding that may have driven them from their nests in nearby caves.

In two locations — the towns of Zee Chaing and Kyauk Chaung — villagers, police officers, health officials and other government representatives killed over 1,000 rats on June 5, with the remainder retreating to the area’s forests.

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Wildfires – Western Cape, South Africa

The Garden Route was plummeted into chaos on Wednesday, as about 30 fires broke out across the region and Knysna residents were evacuated.

At least five people have died in the Knysna fires, which are still not under control, while damage to property is beyond calculable at this stage, reports the Knysna-Plett Herald. On Wednesday – three people, a man, his wife and their son – died in Rheenendal when they could not escape the flames. An elderly man who lives in Brenton had a heart attack and died. A four-year-old girl was found dead by her father on Thursday morning, in Welbedaght.

Plettenberg Bay residents have started to evacuate as the devastating fire that started burning in the Kranshoek area on Wednesday has spread to the outskirts of the coastal holiday town. Details are not clear, but residents in the Whale Rock and Longships areas near Robberg have started to evacuate. Residents in the the Schoongezicht and Branckenrkidge estates have been urged to remain on high alert.

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Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the week of 31 May – 6 June 2017

Bulusan | Luzon (Philippines) : PHIVOLCS reported that a minor phreatic eruption at Bulusan occurred at 1029 on 5 June and was recorded by the seismic network for 12 minutes. The eruption could not be visually observed due to dense weather clouds covering the summit. Minor ashfall, a sulfuric odor, and rumbling sound were reported in barangays Monbon and Cogon in Irosin, while sulfuric odor was noted in barangay Bolos, Irosin. The Alert Level remained at 1, indicating abnormal conditions and a 4-km-radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ).

Copahue | Central Chile-Argentina border : OVDAS-SERNAGEOMIN reported that webcams recorded an increase in ash emissions at Copahue on 4 June. There were no significant changes in the magnitude or number of earthquakes recorded by the seismic network. The report noted that due to inclement weather making visual observations difficult, the observatory did not know if the ash emission began in the early hours of 4 June, or the day before. The Alert Level was raised to Yellow (the second lowest on a four-colour scale); SERNAGEOMIN recommended no entry into a restricted area within 1 km of the crater.

Karymsky | Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) : Based on Tokyo VAAC data, KVERT reported that an explosive eruption at Karymsky began at 0040 on 4 June. An ash plume rose 3 km (9,800 ft) a.s.l. and drifted over 40 km NE. The Aviation colour Code was raised to Orange (the second highest level on a four-colour scale). Less than four hours later ash plumes rose 2 km (6,600 ft) a.s.l. and drifted 85 km ENE. The VAAC reported that a possible ash plumes rose 4 km 13,000 ft) a.s.l. during 5-6 June and drifted E.

Marapi | Indonesia : PVMBG reported four explosions at Marapi on 4 June, each lasting less than one minute. The explosions occurred at 1001, 1011, 1256, and 1550, and produced dense ash-and-steam plumes that rose 300 m, at least 700 m, 200 m, and 250 m above the crater, respectively. The plumes drifted E. Ejected bombs were deposited around the crater. Seismicity increased after the explosions. Minor ashfall was reported in the Pariangan District (8 km SSE), Tanah Datar Regency. The Alert Level remained at 2 (on a scale of 1-4). Residents and visitors were advised not to enter an area within 3 km of the summit.

Sheveluch | Central Kamchatka (Russia) : KVERT reported that during 26-27 and 31 May powerful explosions at Sheveluch generated ash plumes that rose 8 km (26,200 ft) a.s.l. and drifted 550 km ESE and about 650 km WSW. A thermal anomaly was identified in satellite images during 26 May-2 June. The Aviation colour Code remained at Orange (the second highest level on a four-colour scale).