- Henry Ford
LARGEST QUAKES -
Live Seismograms - Worldwide (update every 30 minutes)
This morning -
5.7 OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR
5.3 KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
5.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.2 NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.0 KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION
5.1 OFF THE COAST OF EL SALVADOR
5.3 OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR
5.2 OFF THE COAST OF EL SALVADOR
7.4 OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR
5.1 GULF OF CALIFORNIA
5.2 GULF OF CALIFORNIA
5.1 MOLUCCA SEA
5.1 ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
Cluster of moderate Callifornia quakes continues
California earthquake swarm 'pretty bad,' buildings damaged. Parts of Southern California were rattled by the earthquake swarm that officials said could last for several days. Hardest hit was Imperial County, where most quakes were centered. A number of families were displaced and hospital patients evacuated. The series of small to moderate earthquakes shattered windows and knocked trailer homes off their foundations in a small farming town east of San Diego.
More quakes in Southern California 'quake storm' - on Sunday, the region experienced about 300 temblors throughout the day. USGS seismographs and analysis computers were overwhelmed by the rash of rattling that began at sunrise, and reached a crescendo with a magnitude 5.3 quake just after 12:30 p.m. It was followed by a 4.9 shaker within two minutes.
The earthquake swarm that has been rocking Southern California since Sunday has been the area's STRONGEST SUCH SWARM IN 30 YEARS.
The seismic activity is not unusual for the area around Brawley. Previous swarms - some of which were recorded as early as the 1930s - weren't precursors to a bigger quake, but "that's not to say it won't happen. At the very least, use this is a reminder: We live in earthquake country."
New Zealand - Volcano debris danger for drivers. Drivers are being warned not to stop on State Highway 46, near Mt Tongariro, due to a build up of debris in streams flowing from the mountain's recent eruption.
TROPICAL STORMS -
In the Atlantic -
- Tropical storm Isaac was located about about 190 mi [305 km] SE of the mouth of the Mississippi River. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for east of Morgan City, Louisiana to Destin, Florida, including metropolitan New Orleans. On the forecast track, the center of Isaac will approach the coast of southeastern Louisiana and Mississippi this afternoon or tonight. Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph...110 km/h...with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast .and Isaac is expected to continue to strengthen until landfall occurs along the northern Gulf Coast. Isaac is expected to produce total rainfall amounts of 6 to 12 inches with possible isolated maximum amounts of 18 inches in southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama and the extreme western Florida Panhandle. Isaac is a large tropical cyclone. A dangerous storm surge, heavy rainfall, and strong winds extend well away from the center and are expected to affect a large portion of the northern Gulf Coast. The threat of heavy rainfall and flooding is also expected to spread inland over the lower Mississippi Valley region during the next few days.
In the Western Pacific -
- Typhoon 15w (Tembin) was located approximately 125 nm south of Taipei, Taiwan.
- Typhoon 16w (Bolaven) was located approximately 200 nm southwest of Seoul, South Korea.
In the Eastern Pacific -
- Tropical storm Ileana was located about 530 mi [855 km] SSE of the southern tip of Baja California. Ileana could become a hurricane late today or on Wednesday. There is no threat to land.
Florida - Tropical Storm Isaac leaves a surprise: Floods, cancellations in Palm Beach. The western communities endured rainfall totals of more than a foot as tropical storm Isaac moved through the Palm Beach County.
At least four Chinese fishermen have been killed and a dozen are missing after their boats capsized as Typhoon Bolaven hit South Korea. The two boats were just off Jeju island when they capsized. The South Korean coast guard rescued at least 11 crew members.
The typhoon has cut power to tens of thousands of homes and trees have been felled. It is expected to move north, passing Incheon port later in the day. Many flights have also been cancelled. Typhoon Bolaven is also bringing strong waves and rain to China's north and east coasts. It has already lashed the Japanese island of Okinawa, causing power cuts and paralysing transport. High winds, torrential rain and property damage were reported on Jeju island as the typhoon hit. All schools in Seoul and most others across the country have closed for the day.
Meanwhile, China has issued a yellow alert - the second-highest level - as forecasters expect Bolaven to make landfall in Dandong in the north-eastern Liaoning province and north-western North Korea today. On Sunday the typhoon hit the Japanese islands of Okinawa and Kagoshima, leaving some 75,000 households without power. At least four people were injured.
The latest typhoon is the 15th destructive storm of the season in East Asia. Bolaven comes just after Typhoon Tembin, which has caused widespread damage in Taiwan. On Monday night, Taiwan was bracing for Tembin to hit the same southern region where it unleashed more than 50cm (20 inches) of rain within 24 hours several days ago. But early on Tuesday the typhoon appeared to have passed off the southern coast, without making landfall.
EXTREME HEAT & DROUGHT / CLIMATE CHANGE -
Arctic sea ice reaches RECORD LOW. The Arctic has lost more sea ice this year than at any time since satellite records began in 1979, Nasa space agency says. The extent of ice observed on Sunday broke a record set in 2007 and will likely melt further with several weeks of summer still to come.