Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.2 Earthquake hits Tajikistan.

5.6 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.5 Earthquake hits Krygyzstan.

5.5 Earthquake hits Tajikistan.

5.5 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 Earthquake hits east of the Kuril Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

British Columbia, Canada – A state of emergency has been declared in a first Nations community on Vancouver Island after rising water levels threatened to flood as many as two dozen homes. The Somass River has been swollen due to heavy downpours leading tp a sandbagging operation in the area.

Britain – Rain and storms soaked the northern U.K. this weekend, prompting evacuations, severe flood warnings and the arrival of the army in the worst-hit areas. Storm Desmond dumped more than 10 inches of rain on some areas in England, including the northwestern county of Cumbria, while other rain-battered regions such as North Wales got more than seven inches.

Paraguay – Heavy floods have rocked Asuncion just days after major thunderstorms caused damage in the region and impacted thousands of people. 1 500 families were evacuated.

Wildlife

Fish May Experience Emotion and Conciousness: Study

Fish have been observed exhibiting “emotional fever” when placed under stress, leading researchers to suggest that the creatures may experience emotions and consciousness.

Emotional fever, or the tendency to have higher body temperatures when stressed, had been thought confined to more complex animals.

A University of Barcelona team placed zebrafish in a tank with compartments at various temperatures.

The group that was exposed to stress, then released, mainly moved toward warmer water, increasing their body temperature by 3.6 to 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit.

“These findings are very interesting — expressing emotional fever suggests for the first time that fish have some degree of consciousness,” said researcher Sonia Rey.