Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 Earthquake hits the Northwest Territories, Canada.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

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Storms and Floods

Typhoon Soulik hits Taiwan.

Typhoon Soulik has claimed the life of at least one person and injured 21 others in Taiwan.

All schools and offices in Taiwan were closed today and several airlines including Cathay Pacific and China Airlines have cancelled their flights to Taiwan.

Taiwan authorities are distributing water pumps and sandbags to prevent flooding in low-lying areas.

China Marine Environmental Forecasting Centre has issued a red wave warning over Typhoon Soulik. Typhoon Soulik is expected to create waves up to 9 meters high in the Taiwan Strait, 4 to 6 meters in Zhejiang and Fujian provinces of China.

Other News:

A flooded tributary of the Kosi river in Bihar, India has claimed lives of 10 people after their boat capsized.

Flooding in North Korea has claimed the lives of two people and made 760 people homeless.

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Environment

Summer Melt Begins in Greenland

As spring and summer bring the sun’s rays back to the Arctic after the long, dark winter, the ice on the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet begins its annual melt, pooling in depressions on the icy expanse that dot the ice with brilliant shades of blue.

Scientists study these melt ponds to get an idea of the rate of melting of the ice sheet as a whole and how that might affect the flow of its glaciers out to sea, as meltwater that trickles down between the ice and the bedrock below it helps lubricate the ice.

Bright blue melt ponds dot the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet on June 21, 2013, in an image taken by the Landsat 8 satellite. These melt ponds form in depressions in the ice in the spring and summer when the sun’s rays return to the Arctic:

Greenland melt ponds