Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.8 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

No tsunami warning was issued.

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

5.4 Earthquake hits New Britain, papua New Guinea.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore El Salvador.

5.0 Earthquake hits central Peru.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Typhoon 09w (Chan-Hom), located approximately 664 nm south of Yongsan Ain, is tracking northwestward at 12 knots.

Chan-Hom is expected to hit China with strong winds, heavy rain and a strong storm surge.

Tropical storm 10w (Linfa), located approximately 78 nm northwest of Hong Kong, is tracking westward at 10 knots.

Typhoon 11w (Nangka), located approximately 386 nm south of Iwo To, is tracking westward at 07 knots.

Tropical Depression Ela is located about 470 mi…760 km ENE of Hilo Hawaii and about 620 mi…995 km E of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Depression One-C is located about 375 mi…605 km SSW of Johnston Island and about 1090 mi…1750 km SW of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Tropical Depression Two-C is located about 1080 mi…1740 km ESE of Johnston Island and about 755 mi…1210 km SSE of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h,

Invest 97E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific which has the potential for tropical development.

NewsBytes:

Italy – A tornado has claimed the life of one person and injured at least thirty people in Venice, Italy Wednesday night. The tornado hit Dolo, between Venice and Padua on the Riviera della Brenta. The storm damaged the rooftops of at least 50 buildings.

Wildlife

Iceland Approves Killing of 383 Whales in New Hunt

Despite a sharp drop in the demand for whale meat in Japan and Iceland during recent years, Iceland launched its 2015 whaling season with the country’s fisheries ministry issuing a quota of 154 fin whales and 229 minke whales.

A shipment of whale meat, illegally caught in earlier hunts in violation of the International Whaling Commission’s moratorium on commercial whaling, is now en route from Iceland to Japan across Russia’s Arctic coastline.

A group of environmentalists has petitioned Russian President Vladimir Putin, asking him to block the ship’s voyage.

The group Sea Shepherd says the Winter Bay’s illegal cargo “could not be sent via the Panama or Suez canal, and the ship could not stop in any European, North American, South American or African ports.”

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Earth Is Losing Its Bumblebees

Climate change is causing wild bumblebees to disappear from large swaths of their historical range, which could spell disaster for pollinating crops in Europe and North America, new research suggests.

As global temperatures have risen, bumblebees have disappeared from the warmest regions they occupy, but have not spread northward to take advantage of new habitat.

Honeybees have made headlines in recent years because their numbers are plummeting in a mysterious process called colony collapse disorder. Scientists have proposed a range of contributing factors, from overuse of neonicotinoid pesticides that disorient the buzzing insects to the rise of bee parasites.

But bumblebees are the real superstars of the pollinating world. Unlike almost every other bee species, bumblebees are out in the fields, sipping nectar and pollinating plants from spring to late fall, said study co-author Laurence Packer, a biologist at York University in Toronto.

Most other bee species pollinate just a handful of plants. What’s more, bumblebees have unique moves, such as the ability to “buzz pollinate” tricky flowers like tomatoes, said study co-author Alana Pindar, a biologist at the University of Ottawa.

Yet despite warming in northern latitudes, bumblebees haven’t figured out a way to take advantage of the now less-frigid northern climes. The study, which was published in the journal Science, did not show any correlation between land-use practices or pesticide use and bumblebee populations.

Bees are dying out in the southern end of their range because of the rise of extreme heat waves.

But it’s not clear why they haven’t flown north to make up lost ground. Many stars need to align, from just the right flowers to the right winter shelter, for queens to produce new bees for the next season; so perhaps they simply can’t reproduce fast enough for new colonies to take root, said study co-author, Sheila Coila from Wildlife Preservation Canada.

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Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 119.5 degrees Fahrenheit (48.6 degrees Celsius) at Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 106.1 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 76.7 degrees Celsius) at the U.S. Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Raung (East Java): The eruption inside the summit caldera continues with intense strombolian activity and the effusion of an intra-crater lava flow. Ash emissions have been intense enough to produce a plume that rose to 17,000 ft (5 km) altitude and drifted more than 150 km to the SE. Several regional airports including Denpasar (DPS) on Bali have been closed. Recent reports show that a new cone has been built inside the crater.