Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 Earthquake hits the Prince Edward Islands.

6.0 Earthquake hits Gansu, China.

Early reports of at least 75 dead with 14 people reported to be missing. The Earthquake has injured at least 584 people. More than 21,000 buildings in eight different towns have been damaged.

5.6 Earthquake hits Gansu, China.

5.4 Earthquake hits Santa Cruz, Argentina.

5.4 Earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits the South Shetland Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

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


Storms and Floods


Landslides across Nepal have claimed the lives of at least seven people and injured six others in the last 24 hours. Landslides have been reported in the Palpa, Myagdi, Syangja and Dolakha districts in Nepal.

A Landslide in Shangnan, China has claimed the life of at least one person and injured eighteen tourists.

Floods in Punjab, Pakistan caused by heavy rainfall have claimed the lives of at least three people and injured nine others.

More rains bring floods and washed out roads to South Carolina, USA. A summer of rain has left its mark on South Carolina, undermining dozens of roads, flooding neighbourhoods from the mountains to the coast, and ruining the South Carolina Botanical Gardens.


Wildfires USA

The Warm Spring wildfire more than 15 square miles large forced the evacuation of an Oregon resort over the weekend and caused road closures.

Firefighters are trying to corral a lightning-caused wildfire in Elko County, Nevada that prompted residents of some 30 homes to flee their homes.

Update – A DC-10 jet fire retardant bomber flew into Idaho as part of an aggressive early attack on the pair of wildfires that have forced evacuations at two campgrounds and a Boy Scout camp in Boise County.

Update – Firefighters worked Saturday to get the upper hand on the mountain wildfire in Southern California that forced the evacuation of thousands and destroyed a number of homes and vehicles. The fire is now 49% contained.


Novel Coronavirus – Saudi Arabia – Update

WHO has been informed of two additional laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in Saudi Arabia.

Bird Flu – China – Update

The National Health and Family Planning Commission, China notified WHO of an additional laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus. This is the first new confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) since 29 May 2013.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): The volcano continues to produce relatively frequent and strong ash-rich explosions, but activity has decreased a bit compared to previous days. During last night, it had long-lasting (up to 1-2 hours) phases of continuous ash emissions of various intensity, with dense plumes up to about 500 m height, but completely silent and with no visible incandescence. During other phases, it was emitting a small plume of vapour with some dilute ash. Explosions occurred at intervals of 1-10 hours, producing large ash plumes, but ejecting relatively few bombs. Small lightnings could be seen in the eruption plumes.

Reventador (Ecuador): Effusive and explosive activity at the surface as well as seismicity have continued to increase. A lava flow is traveling from the summit crater on the southern side towards the SE flank and there are numerous small explosions which create ash plumes of up to about 1 km height. In its latest special report, IGPEN summarizes the evolution since 12 July as follows:

Tungurahua (Ecuador): Activity both at the surface and internal remains at moderately high levels. Since the large vent-clearing vulcanian explosion on 14 July, the volcano has been producing strong strombolian activity and near-continuous ash emissions. This is accompanied by numerous long-period (LP) earthquakes and an elevated output of SO2 (3000 tonnes per day), as well as inflation at the northern flank in combination with weaker deflation of an area SW of the volcano (where the source of the magma might be located at about 2 km depth).