Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Sulu Sea.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical cyclone (tc) 14s (Glenda), located approximately 661 nm south-southwest of Diego Garcia, and is tracking west-southwestward at 07 knots.

NewsBytes:

Italy – A huge sinkhole suddenly opened up on a street in Pianura in Naples on Sunday. The junction of two residential streets collapsed at around 5 am. At least 380 people have been evacuated. No damage was done to surrounding buildings.

Naples Italy sinkhole photo

Nature – Images

Interesting Images:

At least seven large craters have been discovered in Siberia in a region known as the “end of the world”. Authorities are unsure what caused the craters, but suggest gas emissions due to climate change.

Serbia end of the world craters

If conditions hold, a series of breathtaking ice caves off the coastline of Lake Superior could open for visitors this weekend.

Apostle island ice cave

Wildlife

New Zealand – Avian Disease Outbreak on Kapiti Coast

More than 40 birds have died on the Kapiti Coast after a suspected outbreak of a paralysing disease. A number of duck species and one shag have been found dead, many near lagoons at Awatea Avenue and Waterstone Estate in Paraparaumu, says the Kapiti Coast District Council.

The SPCA believes the birds may have died of avian botulism, which causes paralysis in birds. The birds are being tested to establish how they died, but the council says there have been outbreaks of the disease in other parts of the country.

Although the disease is unlikely to pose a threat to humans, the council’s urging dog and cat owners not to allow their pets to eat the carcasses as other animals could catch the disease.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Perth, Australia

An unpredictable bushfire burning out of control in Perth’s southern suburbs has been downgraded. The fire warning has changed from an emergency to a watch and act for the western parts of Casuarina and Anketell in the City of Kwinana. The bushfire has crossed the Kwinana Freeway, and is now moving slowly in a northeasterly direction towards Wandi Nature Reserve. There is still a possible threat to lives and homes.

Another watch and act alert is in place for the Wilgarrup area in the Shire of Bridgetown, where the bushfire is moving fast, at 200 metres an hour, in a east-southeasterly direction. Firefights expect the wind may shift and potentially threaten the town of Wilgarrup.

In Perth’s north, a bushfire alert in place for the eastern part of Bullsbrook in the City of Swan has been downgraded from a watch and act to advice.