INDONESIA – Mount Anak Krakatau releases toxic gases. Indonesian officials on Wednesday warned residents of lethal gases following Mount Anak Krakatau’s increased volcanic activity. Anak Krakatau’s status is at a yellow alert. Indonesia currently has 19 volcanoes on yellow alert.
LARGEST QUAKES –
This morning –
5.1 ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS (with multiple aftershocks close to the same size)
6.0 NEAR S COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA
5.0 KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA
5.4 SUNDA STRAIT, INDONESIA
5.1 ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS.
5.1 MASBATE REGION, PHILIPPINES
5.5 MOLUCCA SEA
5.1 MACQUARIE ISLAND REGION
5.0 NEAR COAST OF CENTRAL PERU
5.3 WESTERN TURKEY
SERBIA – Two people were killed and around 100 were injured when a magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck central Serbia overnight. Around 100 were injured. The earthquake happened at 1:56 a.m. (just before 9 p.m. ET). The epicenter was near the city of Kraljevo, about 80 miles south of the capital, Belgrade. Many buildings were damaged, including the hospital in Kraljevo, but no patients were hurt. Parts of the city were without electricity or water. (photo)
INDONESIA – Searing gas and molten lava poured from Indonesia’s deadly Merapi volcano in an explosion three times as powerful as last week’s devastating blast, chasing people from villages and emergency shelters along its slopes. After more than a week of continual eruptions, and warnings that pressure inside Mount Merapi may still be building, the province warned yesterday it was running out of money to help more than 70,000 people forced from their homes. Soldiers loaded women and crying children into trucks while rocks and debris rained from the sky. Several abandoned homes were set ablaze and the carcasses of incinerated cattle littered the mountain’s scorched slopes. No new casualties were reported after yesterday’s fiery explosion – which was followed just before dawn today by another booming tremor and ash cloud. “This is an EXTRAORDINARY eruption,” said a state volcanologist “It looks like we may be entering an even worse stage now.”
Thirty-eight people have died since it burst back to life just over a week ago.
ICELAND – 3.0 Magnitude earthquake on iceland’s biggest volcano, Katla. Although this is not that unusual it does raise concerns as Iceland’s other volcano, Grímsvötn is also getting active.
Water levels in the Gigjukvisl river in south Iceland, close to Grimsvotn volcano, rose by about 40 cm since Tuesday night.
TROPICAL STORMS –Tropical cyclone ANGGREK was 1255 nmi S of George Town, Malaysia-Tropical storm TOMAS was 179 nmi SSE of Kingston, Jamaica
Storm alert issued for India – Authorities in southern India have put military forces on alert as a tropical storm approaches a coastal region already pummelled by several days of heavy rains that have left 22 people dead and displaced 30,000. Torrential rains have caused extensive damage to crops and have washed away roads and bridges in six coastal districts over the past five days. Hundreds of people lost mud and thatch homes swept away by the floodwaters
THAILAND – The death toll from Thailand’s crippling floods has risen to more than 120, officials said on Thursday, after the weeks-long crisis spread south and affected tens of thousands more people, including tourists, leaving eight dead in Songkhla province, two in Pattani and one each in Satun and Surat Thani provinces.
Thousands of soldiers have been dispatched to the area to help people stranded in their homes after flash floods swept through Hat Yai, a city of more than 150,000 people.So far more than six million people have been affected, with homes submerged and farmland or cattle destroyed, in the huge natural calamity.