Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits the western Indian-Antarctic ridge.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits the central Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Darby is located about 30 mi…45 km N of Lihue Hawaii and about 125 mi…195 km NW of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…NW or 320 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Storm Frank is located about 285 mi…460 km SW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h.

Hurricane Georgette is located about 1170 mi…1885 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…130 mph…215 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

Wildlife

Swathes Of The Great Barrier Reef Suffer ‘Complete Ecosystem Collapse’

It’s been a wretched year for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the largest living structure and one of the most complex natural ecosystems on Earth.

The area suffered the worst bleaching event ever, one that impacted over 90 percent of the reef and killed more than a third of its corals. Earlier this year, shocking photos and video revealed total devastation in parts of the reef.

Now, entire swathes of the Great Barrier Reef are suffering from “complete ecosystem collapse,” marine researcher Justin Marshall said after spending a week conducting surveys near Lizard Island in the northern region of the reef.

“The lack of fish was the most shocking thing,” Marshall told The Guardian. “In broad terms, I was seeing a lot less than 50 percent of what was there [before the bleaching]. Some species I wasn’t seeing at all.” Previously-common fish species in the area like the black-and-white striped humbug damselfish and green chromis had almost completely disappeared, said Marshall.

Disease

China reports 1st Rift Valley Fever case, imported from Angola

Chinese health officials have already reported 11 imported cases of the mosquito borne viral disease, yellow fever, in people working overseas in Angola, now health officials have reported the first case of another disease that can be transmitted by mosquitoes, Rift Valley Fever (RVF).

Japan reports dengue fatality

A woman from Niigata Prefecture, on the west coast of Japan’s Honshu island, has died from dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) after contracting the mosquito borne viral disease in the Philippines, according to the Japan Health Ministry (computer translated). This was the first dengue related death recorded in Japan since 2005.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Mauna Loa (Big Island, Hawai’i): The volcano is not erupting, but continues to show unrest. Deformation and seismic activity remain above long-term background levels. According to HVO’s latest update, earthquakes at Mauna Loa during the past week “occurred beneath the west and north flanks of the volcano mostly in the 5 – 11 km (3 – 7 miles) depth range. In addition, earthquakes are occurring in south caldera and upper Southwest Rift Zone at depths less than 5 km (3 mi).

Kilauea (Hawai’i): The 61G lava flow southeast of Pu’u ‘Ō’ō remains active in the coastal plain and its most advanced front was 730 m (0.45 miles) from the ocean yesterday morning (local time on Hawaii). At the summit, the level of the Halema’uma’u lava lake has risen a bit and was 21.5 m (70 ft) below the crater rim. Parts of it have again come sometimes into view from the volcano observatory’s public viewing terrace.