Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.5 earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands, Greece.

Nineteen people were killed in Turkey and Greece after a strong earthquake struck the Aegean Sea on Friday, bringing buildings crashing down and setting off tidal waves which slammed into coastal areas and islands. Neighbourhoods were deluged with surging seawater which swept debris inland and left fish stranded as it receded. At least 709 people were injured.

5.7 earthquake hits central Peru.

5.5 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.3 earthquake hits Jan Mayan Island.

5.2 earthquake hits south of Alaska.

5.2 earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands, Greece.

5.1 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits Jan Mayan Island.

5.0 earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands, Greece.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Shetland Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon 22w (Goni), located approximately 383 nm east of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-southwestward at 13 knots.

Tropical depression 23w (Atsani), located approximately 1029 nm east of Manila, Philippines, is tracking northwestward at 13 knots.


El Salvador – Heavy rainfall in El Salvador triggered a massive landslide in the municipality of Nejapa in San Salvador department late on 29 October 2020. At least 7 people have died and 35 more are suspected missing. The landslide buried homes in the village of Los Angelitos, situated on the slopes of the San Salvador Volcano. Civil Protection said that the landslide and debris flows pushed mud, rocks and logs down the hillside, carving a route approximately 4 km in length.

Indonesia – Disaster authorities in Indonesia have reported further flooding in parts of Java Island, displacing almost 600 people and affecting over 7,000. One person died after flash floods struck Cimahi City in West Java Province on 25 October 2020. Around 70 homes were damaged, affecting 290 people. The following day flooding in Kroya district in Cilacap, Central Java Province affected 1065 people and displaced 25. Heavy rain caused the Ciputrahaji and Cikaso rivers to break their banks on 27 October, flooding areas of Ciamis Region, West Java Province 27 October.


New Coral Reef Discovered in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

A coral reef taller than the Empire State Building has been discovered in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Standing at 500 metres, it is located at the North end of the Great Barrier Reef around 80km east of Cape Grenville, which is roughly 150km south of the tip of Cape York on the east coast of Queensland. Its base is 1.5km long and at its highest point, the reef is around 127ft below the ocean surface.

Importantly, the new reef shows minimal signs of having been affected by global warming and appears largely healthy.


Wildfires – Colorado, USA

Two wildfires that have burned more than 600 square miles in northern Colorado have together damaged or destroyed nearly 700 structures.

Grand County’s sheriff said Thursday that crews are still assessing the damage caused by the East Troublesome Fire in the mountains northwest of Denver. He said at least 250 structures were burned but didn’t indicate how many of those were homes.

The nearby Cameron Peak Fire has destroyed at least 442 structures, including 222 cabins or homes. The fires are the two largest in state history and have forced thousands of people to flee their homes.