Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits off the west coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits Tajikistan.

5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Tonga.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

USA – Flooding Hits Coastal Areas of New Jersey, New York. Coastal flooding caused by Tuesday’s nor’easter is ravaging some neighbourhoods around New York and New Jersey, and the National Weather Service has issued warnings for particularly vulnerable areas. In Brooklyn’s Red Hook, water bubbled up from the sewers, flooding streets before disappearing back into storm drains. In Sea Bright, New Jersey, the storm sent up to 17 inches of ocean water flooding onto Church Street. Flooding had also hit Sea Bright’s Ocean Avenue. In Stone Harbour, New Jersey, streets were deluged with floodwaters that almost covered street benches and fire hydrants. And in Atlantic City, there were reports of people needing to be rescued as water levels rose during high tide. Over in the Point Beach area of Milford, Connecticut, floodwaters were pouring down some streets.

Argentina – Illegal Canals Flood Pampas

It was not just the heavy rains that left the streets of the Argentine town of Pozo del Molle flooded for three months last year.

Nearby farmers built small canals without authorization to drain their fields of surface water, redirecting flows toward urban areas and worsening the impact of flooding, said Carlos Salvatico, the mayor of the 7,500-person town in the key agricultural province of Cordoba.

So-called clandestine canals built by farmers to protect their crops are often blamed for exacerbating devastation across Argentina’s naturally flood-prone pampas grains and cattle belt.

Flooding this summer has prompted evacuations and left 2 million hectares (4.9 million acres) of highly productive land either underwater or cut off from markets because roads are flooded.

Environment

Demolishing Unsafe USA Dams Beneficial for Environment

With California now on track to have the rainiest year in its history—on the heels of its worst drought in 500 years—the state has become a daily reminder that extreme weather events are on the rise. And the recent near-collapse of the spillway at California’s massive Oroville Dam put an exclamation point on the potentially catastrophic risks.

More than 4,000 dams in the U.S. are now rated unsafe because of structural or other deficiencies. Bringing the entire system of 90,000 dams up to current standards would cost about $79 billion, according to the Association of State Dam Safety Officials. Hence, it has become increasingly common to demolish problematic dams, mainly for economic and public safety reasons, and less often to open up old habitats to native fish. About 700 dams have been taken down across the U.S. over the past decade, with overwhelmingly beneficial results for river species and ecosystems.

Disease

Monkeypox outbreak in Republic of the Congo

An outbreak of monkeypox has affected 19 and killed seven people during the first two months of 2017 in Likouala province in northern Republic of the Congo, according to the Congo Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP). The outbreak originated in Betou district on 16 January 2017 when the index case, a male hunter, developed illness.

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