Wildfires – Florida, USA

Florida is now dealing with a second disaster unfolding amidst the pandemic: A wildfire raged out of control in Santa Rosa County late Wednesday in the Panhandle, destroying homes, forcing emergency evacuations and shutting down nine miles of Interstate 10. At least 500 people have been evacuated and 18 homes destroyed, Florida Forest Service officials said in a Wednesday night news conference. The fire has consumed about 2,000 acres. It was just 20 percent contained when officials spoke at about 9 p.m.


Wildfires – Texas, USA

The Holcombe Road fire in West Texas has finally been contained after burning about 25 000 acres.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the Week 29 April 2020 – 5 May 2020

Bagana | Bougainville (Papua New Guinea) : Based on satellite and wind model data, the Darwin VAAC reported that on 1 May an ash plume from Bagana rose to 3 km (10,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted NW and W.

Kavachi | Solomon Islands : Satellite data showed discolored water around Kavachi beginning in January 2020; the discolored plumes became more frequent, dense, and stretched for longer distances. On 25 April a satellite image showed a plume in the water that was about 15 km long but spread over an approximate area of 30 square kilometers. A small brown circle about 50,000 square meters in area indicated the presence of material over the likely vent location. An image acquired on 30 April showed a thin ribbon of discolored water extending about 50 km W of Kavachi.

Kikai | Japan : An eruption at 0609 on 29 April at Satsuma Iwo-jima, a subaerial part of Kikai’s NW caldera rim, generated a volcanic plume that rose 1 km above the crater. This was the first eruption recorded since 2 November 2019. The Alert Level remained at 2 (on a 5-level scale).