Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits the South Georgia Island.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Drake Passage.

5.2 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of the Mariana Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Oman – Severe weather in Oman has claimed the lives of at least three people. Two people due to flooding rivers in Al-Muthabi and Al-Rustaq. Another person died of a lightning strike in Al-Muthaibi. Torrential rain has lashed Oman for the past three days.

USA – A slow-moving storm continued to dump drenching rain over portions of the South on Wednesday, leading to dangerous and life-threatening flooding across the region. Evacuations were underway in Louisiana, where the governor declared a state of emergency and authorized the state’s National Guard to assist with rescues from heavy flooding. Thousands of people were without power, several school systems closed and dozens of roads were blocked off Wednesday in Texas and Louisiana due to the storm.

England – Severe flooding has caused widespread disruption across parts of central England, with rail passengers stranded and many schools shut. British Transport Police formed human barriers in front of the main concourse at London Euston after trains between Rugby and Milton Keynes were cancelled. Passengers were warned people could be killed as some had fallen from earlier trains on Wednesday. A total of 46 flood warnings are in place across England and Wales.

Kenya – Flash floods floods in Kapsoya in Eldoret in Kenya have wreaked havoc on local residents, driving many from heir homes trying to avoid being swept away by the floodwaters.

Angola – At least 24 people, many of them children dies with dozens more missing after a flash flood swept through a market in the southern city of Lubango. The Capitao river was swollen with more than 24 hours of torrential rains.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia): A series of small explosions occurred at the volcano yesterday. The first happened in the afternoon at 16:32 local time. The Manizales volcano observatory recorded a pulse in tremor and reported an ash plume that rose 1300 m above the summit. Similar explosions with ash emissions could be seen on webcam images at 18:15 and 18:40 (local time), before night obscured the view. No incandescence is visible from the crater. Light ash fall probably occurred in areas to the SW belonging to the departments of Quindío, Risaralda and Caldas.

Sangay (Ecuador): The Geophysical Institute (IGEPN) reported an increase in activity from the volcano since 5 March, when volcanic earthquakes started to become more frequent in number. Between 8 and 9 March, this activity picked up significantly and signs of small explosions (11 in total since 7 March) as well as small episodes of tremor appeared. This probably means that new magma has arrived to produce strombolian activity in the summit crater. A thermal anomaly visible on satellite data fits this interpretation well. Sangay is one of the country’s most active volcanoes, but thanks to its very remote location on the southeast side of the Cordillera Real it is rarely visited and directly observed. However, there is evidence that it has been in semi-permanent activity since at least 1628. The last eruptive phase of the volcano had begun in January 2015 and lasted until mid April 2015. It produced two small lava flows that reached a few hundred meters below the central crater and moderately large ash plumes. No inhabited areas were affected (there are none very close either).