Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits the Mauritius – Reunion region.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Pulau region.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical Storm Hernan is located about 360 mi…580 km SW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 300 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 70 mph…110 km/h…with higher gusts. Additional weakening is expected during the next 48 hours.

A number of tropical storms and disturbances have formed in the eastern, western and central Pacific, and in the north Atlantic which have the potential for tropical development.

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Disease

Ebola Update – Liberia

Liberia’s president has closed all but three land border crossings, restricted public gatherings and quarantined communities heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak in the West African nation.

Other measures include restricting demonstrations and marches and requiring restaurants and other public venues to screen a five-minute film on Ebola.

Sirleaf also empowered the security forces to commandeer vehicles to aide in the public health response and ordered them to enforce the new regulations.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described the measures late Sunday after the first meeting of a new task force she created to contain the disease, which has killed 129 people in the country and more than 670 across the region. Experts believe the outbreak originated in southeast Guinea as far back as January, though the first cases weren’t confirmed until March. That country has recorded the most deaths, with 319. Sierra Leone has recorded more of the recent cases, however, and has seen 224 deaths in total.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Ibu volcano (Halmahera, Indonesia) activity update: New thermal signals have been detected recently coming from the northern rim of the volcano’s summit crater, suggesting that the volcano has entered a phase of increased activity. The rarely visited remote Ibu volcano has been in more or less continuous eruption since 1998, slowly growing a new lava dome as well as producing strombolian to vulcanian-type explosions, with significant variations in intensity. The new thermal signals, in the same area where glowing rockfalls had been reported last year, probably indicate that the (continued) lava extrusion has increased recently.