Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.3 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.
5.6 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.
5.4 Earthquake hits Guam.
5.1 Earthquake hits south of Java.
5.1 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.
5.0 Earthquake hits Vancouver Island, Canada.
In the Atlantic:
Dorian, the fourth named storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, was centred about 1,135 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands and was moving west-northwest at 22 miles per hour (35 km per hour). It had top sustained winds of 45 mph, the hurricane centre said.
Dorian posed no immediate threat to the Gulf of Mexico, where U.S. oil and gas operations are clustered.
The storm is becoming less organized and is forecast to be downgraded to a tropical depression on Sunday, the centre said. Computers models show Dorian will then continue to move west as a mass of thunderstorms and pass north of Puerto Rico on Monday.
In the Eastern Pacific:
As of 03:00 UTC Saturday, tropical storm Flossie was located 2070 km E of Hilo Hawaii. Hawaii authorities has issued an alert for “torrential” rains and dangerous flash floods early next week. Tropical storm Flossie has a 5 percent chance to grow into a hurricane.
Landslide in Gansu, China
Landslide caused by heavy rainfall in the Gansu province in China has claimed the lives of at least seven people and left fifteen others missing.
Gansu is the same area where very strong earthquake hit the area some days ago claiming the lives of at least 95 people.
Ireland’s Letterkenny General Hospital is under water prompting the declaration of a flood emergency.
A tornado struck Bothwell in Lanarkshire, Scotland yesterday afternoon leaving residents cowering in fear.
Wildfires – USA
Three wildfires are raging in Northwest Oregon amid a rash of lightning in the past 24 hours and more unstable weather in the forecast.
Firefighters are content to let a 1,200-acre wildfire in a central Wyoming forest burn.
A wildfire sparked by a lawnmower northeast Frenchtown, Missouri quickly spread to 720 acres displacing livestock and prompting some evacuations.
Cholera in Nigeria
An outbreak of a cholera epidemic has been reported in two local government areas of Ogun State, Pigeria. private and public hospitals across the Abeokuta metropolis have witnessed an increase in the number of patients on admission for the disease.
Drought Worsens in Cameroon
Prolonged drought in northern Cameroon, an aspect of the changing climate that is affecting the whole Sahel region, has reduced food output, pushed up prices and increased the severity and prevalence of malnutrition among children. The farm yields are insufficient, making it difficult to feed the children throughout the year. The food support locals get from the health centre is not enough either.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:
Ketoi (Kurile Islands, Russia): SVERT raised the alert level to yellow after a weak thermal anomaly has been detected on satellite data at the summit of the volcano. No other details about possible activity are currently known.
White Island (New Zealand): Following increased tremor including numerous earthquakes, and increased gas-steam emissions from the crater lake, the alert level of the volcano was raised to yellow again. According to Brad Scott of GNS Science, the crater produced “audible jets of gas” and “broader expanding bubbles of dark lake sediments and debris” throwing material 20-30 meters into the air.
Veniaminof (Alaska Peninsula, USA): From AVO’s weekly activity update: “Nearly continuous, gradually fluctuating volcanic tremor and occasional explosions have been observed in seismic data from Veniaminof Volcano throughout the past week. Elevated surface temperatures at the intracaldera cone also have been observed in satellite data throughout the past week. When viewing conditions permit, incandescence at the cone has been observed in night-time web camera views. Day time web camera views also showed that low-level ash and steam emissions have continued throughout the week. A pilot report from 8:00 AM AKDT July 25 described an ash plume to 200-300 feet above the erupting cone and dispersing 15 miles to the south and a “river of lava” flowing from the intracaldera cone.
Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): The rate of small emissions of steam-gas and sometimes ash has risen to more than 3 per hour again, and CENAPRED recorded 150 minutes of low and high frequency tremor.
Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): No significant changes in activity have occurred. A moderate explosion was observed yesterday morning, producing an ash plume about 500 m high. Some avalanches occurred at the lava flows on the southern slope of the dome.
Fuego (Guatemala): INSIVUMEH reports weak strombolian activity ejecting incandescent blocks to up to 100 m and producing small ash plumes about 200 m high, as well as continued lava effusion feeding a flow on the southern side of about 100 m length.