Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits the Near Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands of New Zealand.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical storm 02w (Nepartak), located approximately 927 nm east-southeast of Taipei, Taiwan, is tracking west-northwestward at 18 knots.

Tropical Storm Agatha is located about 1345 mi…2160 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Storm Blas is located about 805 mi…1295 km SW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

Newsbytes:

Nepal – Landslides triggered by incessant rain in the Pyuthan district in Nepal have claimed the lives of eight people including five members of one family, when their house was buried. A landslide has also blocked the Mahakali Highway bringing all traffic to a standstill.

India & Pakistan – More than 60 are dead after floods struck northern Pakistan and India, washing away a mosque during Ramadan prayers. Authorities fear more monsoon rains will bring further disaster this week. The death toll hit 41 in the Chitral district in far northeast Pakistan by the Afghanistan border, where 23 people are reported missing. The region is susceptible to flash floods. The torrential rain hit the village of Ursoo Saturday evening, where at least 16 people died when flood waters deluged a mosque. At least 70 houses have been destroyed or severely damaged. In the northern Indian state of Uttrakhand, 28 are dead and another 18 are missing. Landslides resulting from the heavy rains have buried roads under heavy rock and debris, blocking access. In Assam more than 60 000 people have been affected by the floods.

China – The death toll in the China floods has risen to 186, with many thousands left homeless.

Wildlife

Celebrity Eagle Killed by Locals

A Martial Eagle from the Kruger National Park that starred in a British wildlife television series, Fierce, has been killed by subsistence hunters in Mozambique, researchers from the University of Cape Town confirm. The 4.6 kg female Martial Eagle debuted on British television earlier this month in a nature documentary narrated by well-known TV presenter Steve Backshall.

The 4.6kg bird was fitted with an electronic tag under the watchful eye of the British film crew, who were documenting scientists’ efforts to stem the decline of these rare predatory birds

Rowen van Eeden from the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology Centre of Excellence at UCT said the bird’s death illustrates the risks that the birds face and highlights a potential factor contributing to this species’ decline.

He said the Martial Eagle was the third adult eagle out of eight fitted with GPS tags to die outside of Kruger since the start of Martial Eagle research in the world-famous Park three years ago.

Two have now died at the hands of hunters in Mozambique and one was electrocuted after flying into power lines in another neighbouring country, Swaziland.

We detected that the bird was no longer moving about in a normal fashion,” Van Eeden said.

Van Eeden and a colleague set off to the bird’s last-known location, 160km from where the bird was tagged, in a remote corner of neighbouring Mozambique, which is currently in the midst of renewed civil unrest.

The team had to battle through inhospitable terrain where access by vehicles is limited and the dense bushveld makes traveling difficult.

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Nature – Images

Interesting Images

Researchers have found evidence of seven “strawberry leopards” in the north of South Africa in what is one of very few documented cases of these ultra-rare rare big cats outside India. The result of an extraordinary genetic twist, strawberry or erythristic leopards are slightly paler than other leopards. Their black spots are reddish brown.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – California

Fires of Interest:

Curry Fire, Fresno County – Curry Mountain and Hwy 198, 7 miles southwest of Coalinga 2,944 acres grass, brush, 90% contained.

Deer Fire, Kern County – Hwy 223 and Deertrail Rd., 6 miles east of Arvin 1,785 acres grass, brush, 60% contained. All Evacuations lifted.

Appaloosa Fire, Calaveras County – Appaloosa Rd. and Pinto Dr., 5 miles southwest of Angels Camp, 425 acres grass, brush, 25% contained.

Colyear, Tehama County – Colyear Springs Rd, 7 miles west of Red Bank 464 acres brush and oak woodland, 100% contained.

Trailhead Fire, Placer and El Dorado Counties – Near Todd Valley, Foresthill 5,444 acres brush and slash, 25% contained. Evacuation orders remain in effect. Fire continues to move east up Otter Creek and Missouri Canyon and the Middle Fork of the American River.

Erskine Fire, Kern County – Lake Isabella area 48,019 acres, 95% Contained.

Sherpa Fire, Santa Barbara County – West of Goleta 7,474 acres, 96% Contained.

San Gabriel Complex, Los Angeles County – North of Duarte and Azusa 5,399 acres, 96% contained. Two separate fires: Fish Fire (4,253 acres/96%) and Reservoir Fire (1,146 acres/96%).

Pine, Ventura County – San Guillermo Mountain, 6 miles Southwest of Stauffer 1,634 acres brush, timber, 0% contained.

Marina Fire, Mono County – Near Lee Vining US Forest Service – Inyo National Forest 654 acres, 95% contained.

Pony Fire, Siskiyou County – 15 miles southwest of Happy Camp US Forest Service – Klamath National Forest 2,858 acres, 80% contained.