Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits the central east Pacific rise.

5.4 Earthquake hits Kyushu, Japan.

5.2 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Scotia Sea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical Depression 09w (Chan-Hom), located approximately 78 nm northwest of Inchon, South Korea, is tracking north-northeastward at 17 knots.

Typhoon 11w (Nangka), located approximately 347 nm southwest of Iwo To, is tracking northward at 09 knots.

Tropical Storm Halola is located about 780 nm east-southeast of Wake Island, and is tracking northwestward at 07 knots.

Tropical Storm Dolores is located about 170 mi…275 km SSW of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Tropical Storm Enrique is location about 1200 mi…1930 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…NW or 320 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

Tropical Depression Lune is located about 570 mi…915 km SSW of Lihue Hawaii and about 475 mi…760 km ESE of Johnston Island with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h, Present movement…W or 265 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

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

Invest 92L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic which has the potential for tropical development.

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Wildlife

Liberia’s ‘Planet of the Apes’ chimps facing starvation

A speedboat laden with fruit approaches and four chimpanzees come bounding over from the dense forest, screeching excitedly as volunteers throw them pineapple and mango chunks.

The apes are part of a colony of former research lab captives enjoying retirement uncaged on an atoll deep in the jungle of southern Liberia, known as Monkey Island.

The only significant inhabitants of the six islets, the chimps have been living an idyllic existence, fed by human volunteers on their very own ‘Planet of the Apes’ — a nickname given to the archipelago by local media.

But the colony of 66 chimps has been at the centre of an international storm since the New York-based blood bank funding it announced in March it was stopping the cash.

The New York Blood Centre (NYBC), which carried out about 30 years of biomedical research on the animals, had publicly committed to their lifelong care after they were retired in 2005.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is supporting the colony through emergency fundraising as the Liberian government and the blood bank lock horns over who should be responsible for their care.

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Disease

Ebola – West Africa Update

Africa’s Ebola outbreak has not yet run its course and around 30 people are still getting infected each week, the United Nations’ special envoy for the deadly disease, David Nabarro, said on Monday. Under normal circumstances, such an infection rate would be considered “a major, major outbreak,” he said.

The worst recorded outbreak of Ebola has already killed more than 11,200 people across West Africa.