Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka.

5.3 earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

5.3 earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits south of Bali, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits Jan Mayan Island.

5.1 earthquake hits the Ionian Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka.


Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 07b (Gaja), located approximately 140 nm south-east of Chennai, India, is tracking west-southwestward at 10 knots.


Saudi Arabia – Saudi Civil Defense urged residents in Jeddah to stay indoors as a deadly storm bringing heavy rain is expected in the Red Coast City over the weekend. Thirty people have been killed because of the weather in Saudi Arabia in recent days, the country’s Civil Defence said. Ten people died in Makkah, five in Al Baha, three each in Aseer and the Eastern regions, two each in Hayel, Jazan and Tabouk and one in Riyadh, Al Jouf and Najran. Another 3,865 people were evacuated from areas in danger of floods from the heavy downpour expected in the coming days.


Wildfires – California, USA

Authorities searching through the blackened aftermath of California’s deadliest wildfire Wednesday released the names of some 130 people who are unaccounted, including many in their 80s and 90s, and dozens more could still be unaccounted for. Officials in Northern California said Tuesday that search crews had found six more bodies, bringing the death toll from the so-called Camp Fire to 56 and the statewide total to 59.

Meanwhile cities in California up tp 350 miles from the wildfires are feeling the effects of the smoke. On Wednesday a public health emergency was declared due to the wildfire smoke pollution.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the week of 7 November – 13 November 2018

Mayon | Luzon (Philippines) : PHIVOLCS reported that at 1243 on 8 November and at 0739 on 12 November small, short-lived brownish ash plumes from Mayon, associated with a degassing events, drifted WSW and SW, respectively. There was no accompanying seismic or infrasound record from these events. On 11 November a volcanic earthquake was associated with a short-lived lava fountaining event at 0840. The event lasted for 36 seconds based on the seismic record and produced a brownish-gray ash plume that drifted SW. Crater incandescence was visible most nights during 7-13 November. The Alert Level remained at 2 (on a 0-5 scale) and PHIVOLCS reminded residents to stay away from the 6-km-radius Permanent Danger Zone and the 7-km Extended Danger Zone on the SSW and ENE flanks.

Suwanosejima | Ryukyu Islands (Japan) : JMA reported that an explosion at Suwanosejima’s Ontake Crater was recorded at 0428 on 9 November. A plume could not be confirmed because weather clouds obscured views, but large pieces of pumice were observed being ejected 700 m S. Explosions had not been recorded since 2 June. The Alert Level remained at 2 (on a 5-level scale).