Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits the Rat islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits the central east Pacific rise.

5.3 Earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 Earthquake hits west of MacQuarie Island.

5.2 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of Australia.

5.0 Earthquake hits North Island, New Zealand.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical cyclone (tc) 19s (Fantala), located approximately 407 nm south-southwest of Diego Garcia, and is tracking westward at 08 knots.

NewsBytes:

DR Congo – Flooding in the Katanga Province, southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has destroyed houses, farms and livelihoods, and it is thought that 40,000 people face food shortages. The livelihoods of many farmers, who have seen their crops washed away, have greatly suffered, exacerbating already chronic levels of food shortages.

Wildlife

Massive Crab Swarm

A massive crab swarm at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean near Panama was captured for the first time.

The swarm, consisting of thousands of red crabs, represents a new southernmost range for the species, Pleuroncodes planipes. Researchers aboard the submersible Deep Rover 2 were both astounded and mesmerized by the unexpected sight, which they recorded about 1,200 feet below the ocean’s surface.

The large aggregation of red crabs was observed along the Northwest flank of the seamount in acidic water with very low levels of oxygen. These crabs have been detected before in similar low oxygen conditions. It could be that these low oxygen waters provide a refuge for this species from predators.

The frenzy to stay in this crowded spot makes sense when considering the nickname for these crustaceans: tuna crabs. Yellowfin tuna love to eat them, as do many birds, marine mammals and other fish. Humans can eat them too, but do so at risk. That is because the crab’s food source consists of phytoplankton

Despite their efforts to stay alive, the crabs might have perished not long after the video was recorded. Just a few months after the expedition, thousands of red crabs washed ashore onto Southern California beaches during a massive stranding associated with El Niño warming conditions.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Nepal

Wildfires have been raging in different parts of Nepal for the last few days, destroying forests spread in 13 000 hectares — 20 per cent of Nepal’s forest land — in the course of a week.

In most parts of the country, these fires have been uncontrollable, putting huge swathes of forest land in danger. These fires will surely destroy hundreds of hectares of forest if there’s no rainfall. Nepal has no wildfire fighting capabilities. As of Sunday evening, fire has been spreading in 229 forest areas of the country.

Wildfires – Malaysia

The Malaysia Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) recorded 2,940 forest and bush fire outbreaks in the first 10 days of this month.