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Death toll jumps to 230 after Typhoon "Molave" strikes central Vietnam
At least 230 people have lost their lives in flood and landslide events due to severe weather in central Vietnam this month, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said Friday, October 30, 2020. This included 14 confirmed fatalities from two major landslides triggered by...... Read more »

Very strong and shallow M7.0 earthquake hits Greece-Turkey border region
A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.0 hit Greece-Turkey border region at 11:51 UTC (13:52 LT) on October 30, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was...... Read more »

The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: October 21 - 27, 2020
New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes from October 21 to 27, 2020. During the same period, ongoing activity was €‹ reported for 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) |...... Read more »

Early-season snow and freezing temperatures hit Mexico's Chihuahua
The first snowfall of the season has arrived in Chihuahua, Mexico, on October 27, 2020, accompanied by rains and below-freezing temperatures as low as -8 °C (17.6 °F). According to meteorologists, the phenomenon was unusual for the month of October. While...... Read more »

Montana records coldest temperature ever this early in the season in contiguous U.S.
The station in Potomac, Montana reported a temperature of -33 °C (-29 °F) on Sunday morning, October 25, 2020-- the coldest ever temperature in the contiguous U.S. this early in the season, the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed. "It's...... Read more »

Korovin volcano alert level raised, Alaska
Increased seismicity and recent satellite detections of significant sulfur dioxide emissions forced the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) to increase alert levels for Korovin volcano on October 28, 2020. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Yellow and Alert Level to...... Read more »

Significant ground deformation associated with earthquakes on the Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland
The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) is reporting significant ground deformation associated with a series of earthquakes that occurred on the Reykjanes Peninsula, between Fagradalsfjall and Kleifarvatn, from October 16 to 22, 2020. The largest quake in the series was...... Read more »

Toxic algae bloom behind massive marine die-off in Russia's Kamchatka
A toxic algae bloom has been found to be responsible for the massive die-off of marine creatures off Russia's Kamchatka, Environment Minister Dmitry Kobylkin confirmed Friday, October 23, 2020. The mysterious pollution was first reported by local surfers in...... Read more »

More than 100 000 urged to evacuate, 2 firemen injured as new wildfires rapidly spread in Southern California
About 100 000 residents in Southern California were ordered to evacuate on Monday, October 26, 2020, as two rapidly spreading wildfires exploded in Orange County-- the Silverado and Blue Ridge fires. Two firefighters sustained second and third-degree burns while...... Read more »

Pyroclastic flows at Sinabung volcano, evacuations ordered, Indonesia
Pyroclastic flows with slide distances of 1.5 and 2.5 km (0.9 - 1.5 miles) were observed at Sinabung volcano, Sumatra, Indonesia on Sunday, October 25, 2020, prompting authorities to evacuate nearby settlements. The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard...... Read more »

Major early-season winter storm brings heavy snow and record cold temperatures to U.S.
Widespread heavy snow falling across the central Rockies and central Plains is forecast to shift further south and develop into another major winter storm for the southern High Plains Monday into Tuesday, October 26 into 27, according to the National Weather Service...... Read more »

Shallow earthquake swarm under Kilauea volcano, Hawaii
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has recorded over 130 earthquakes beneath the NE top of the Ka‘ōiki fault system, northwest of Kīlauea's summit, on October 22 and 23, 2020. Other Kīlauea monitoring data streams remain stable and show no signs of...... Read more

Severe weather claims 22 lives, affects 16 657 people across Mozambique
At least 22 people have lost their lives and 16 657 have been affected by natural calamities caused by severe weather in Mozambique since the beginning of October 2020. 16 657 people from 3 695 households have been affected by floods in the provinces of Manica,...... Read more »

Ash emissions at Etna volcano disrupt flights at Catania International Airport, Italy
Increased explosive activity accompanied by significant ash emissions started at Etna's New Southeast Crater (NSEC) shortly before 06:00 UTC on Friday, October 23, 2020. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red at 05:53 UTC and lowered back to Orange at 08:36...... Read more »

Deep M6.1 earthquake hits south of the Fiji islands
A deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit south of the Fiji islands at 07:04 UTC on October 23, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 463 km (287 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located 692 km (429 miles) SW of...... Read more »

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits West Chile Rise
A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit West Chile Rise at 01:46 UTC on October 23, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located 1 548 km (960 miles) SE of Hanga...... Read more »

The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: October 14 - 20, 2020
New activity/unrest was reported for 2 volcanoes from October 14 to 20, 2020. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia). Ongoing...... Read more »