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Submarine eruption at Lateiki (Metis Shoal), Tonga
The Aviation Color Code for Lateiki volcano, previously known as Matis Shoal, was raised to Orange at 21:20 UTC on October 14, 2019, after several observations confirmed eruption in progress. Real Tonga pilots flying between Tongatapu and Vava'u observed the...... Read more »

Stormquakes - scientists discover new geophysical phenomenon
A study published on October 14, 2019, shows a new geophysical phenomenon where a heavy storm can trigger seismic events in the nearby ocean as powerful as a 3.5 magnitude earthquake. Lead author Wenyuan Fan, an assistant professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric...... Read more »

The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: October 9 - 15, 2019
New activity/unrest was reported for 1 volcano from October 9 to 15, 2019. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Lateiki, Tonga Islands Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Ambrym, Vanuatu | Asosan, Kyushu...... Read more »

Extensive gas plume seen over Mount Michael, Saunders Island
An apparent extensive white gas emission was observed over Mount Michael, Saunders Island on October 10, 2019. The gas is being blown in an east-southeasterly direction. According to the South Sandwich Islands Volcano Monitoring Blog, the column is most likely just...... Read more »

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Mindanao, Philippines
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Mindanao, Philippines at 11:37 UTC (19:37 LT) on October 16, 2019. EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). PHIVOLCS is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 15 km (9.3 miles). The epicenter...... Read more »

Deadly wildfires leave widespread devastation in California
Wildfires have been raging across California, killing a number of residents, forcing mass evacuations, destroying properties, and wreaking havoc in the region. 100 000 residents had to flee on Friday, October 11, after Saddleridge Fire swept through the northern...... Read more »

Sinkholes and steep cliffs forming up on New Jersey beaches after Subtropical Storm "Melissa"
Massive sinkholes are opening up on New Jersey beaches days after coastal flooding caused by slow-moving nor'easter, later subtropical and then tropical storm Melissa. Town officials in Sea Bright are warning people to stay away. If you get too close, the sand...... Read more »

Over 100 huge wildfires rage through Lebanon, the worst in decades
More than 103 huge fires raged through thousands of square meters of forest and several villages in Lebanon on Monday night, October 14, 2019. The affected towns and villages include Mechref, Kfar Matta, Daqoun, Zagharta, and Dibbiyeh, according to the National News...... Read more »

Eruption at Mount Merapi spews ash up to 5.9 km (19 098 feet) a.s.l., Indonesia
Authorities have issued an aviation warning following the eruption of Indonesia's Mount Merapi on October 14, 2019. The volcano, situated on the border of Central Java and Yogyakarta, erupted at 09:31 UTC (16:31 LT) and expelled a column of ash up to 5.9 km (19...... Read more »

Landslide kills at least 23 in Ethiopia
At least 23 people have died after a mudslide hit the Konta district of southern Ethiopia on October 12, 2019. Officials confirmed the numbers on October 14. The landslide, which was a result of heavy rains, took the lives of victims from Amia 03 locality also...... Read more »

Metis Shoal volcano starts erupting, Aviation Color Code Orange, Tonga
A white plume was observed rising up to 5 km (17 000 feet) above sea level over underwater Metis Shoal volcano, Tonga at 22:06 UTC on October 14, 2019. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 1995 (VEI 2). The Aviation Color Code was raised to Orange - the...... Read more »

Hunger levels in Horn of Africa rise as region experiences driest summer in over 35 years
Save the Children raised warning over a major emergency in the Horn of Africa as at least 13 million people will continue to face starvation following poor rainfall that affected crops, livestock, and livelihood. The area is now experiencing its driest summer since...... Read more »

State of emergency after unprecedented October snowstorm leaves 250 000 without power in Manitoba, Canada
At least 250 000 were left without power after an unprecedented snowstorm hit Manitoba, Canada. Heavy and wet snow began falling on Thursday, October 10 and continued into Friday, October 11. The capital, Winnipeg, was prompted to declare a state of emergency...... Read more »

Record weather conditions across USA in the first half of October
A strong early-season snowstorm pounded several parts of the United States in the first half of October. The unusual weather set records, with snowstorm blanketing the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains. Meanwhile, blizzard conditions have hit Dakota, while Denver...... Read more »

Widespread floods after extreme rainfall brought by Typhoon "Hagibis" - dozens dead or missing, Japan
Typhoon "Hagibis" made landfall near Izu Peninsula in Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture, just southwest of Tokyo, shortly before 10:00 UTC (19:00 LT) on October 12, 2019, bringing extremely heavy rain and wind of 144 km/h (90 mph), Category 2 hurricane...... Read more »

Ambrym volcano Alert Level lowered from Level 2 to Level 1, Vanuatu
Observations and data from February 2019 to present show that activity at Ambrym volcano has declined and conditions become stable, thus we now recognize the level of volcanic activity as minor unrest, Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD) said. There...... Read more »

Saddleridge Fire explodes in Southern California, mandatory evacuation in San Fernando Valley
Critical to extremely critical fire weather conditions continue on Friday across portions of Southern California due to gusty winds and a very dry airmass. These conditions should subside by the weekend as an upper level trough approaches the region. The setup has...... Read more »