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LARGEST QUAKES so far today -
None 5.0 or higher.
Yesterday, 1/12/14 -
5.0 SOUTH OF KERMADEC ISLANDS
5.0 TAIWAN STRAIT
Indonesia - Sinabung volcano (Sumatra) - eruption increases again, large pyroclastic flows. The probably largest-so-far pyroclastic flow at Sinabung Tuesday morning. After a few days of deceiving calm, the eruption of the volcano intensified again and produced the so-far largest pyroclastic flows, reaching probably more than 5-6 km in length, and associated ash plumes that rose to approx. 25,000 ft (8 km) altitude.
It seems that the previous dome which grew at the summit of Sinabung, collapsed a few days ago, leaving a large crater breached on the side where the earlier pyroclastic flows had gone down. The temporary absence of a lava dome in the past days led to the cessation of pyroclastic flows. Now, the new dome has again surpassed the boundary of the breach and sheds pyroclastic flows into the deep ravine below. A strong increase in SO2 emissions and hybrid earthquakes indicate that a larger new batch of new magma has risen, which also explains the new more vigorous activity.
TROPICAL STORMS -
Current tropical storms - maps and details.
* In the South Indian Ocean -
- Tropical cyclone Colin is located approximately 1300 nm south of Diego Garcia.
EXTREME HEAT & DROUGHT / WILDFIRES -
Australia braces for extreme fire weather - “The forecast weather patterns are quite reminiscent of conditions before Black Saturday, with severe and expansive high temperatures."
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