Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 07w (Noru), located approximately 151 nm southeast of Sasebo, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 07 knots.

NewsBytes:

Las Vegas, USA – Heavy rain from afternoon thunderstorms in Las Vegas triggered flash flooding. Seven people were rescued; one person was killed.

Nigeria – Floods have destroyed many properties and rendered thousands homeless in Benue and Katsina States, Nigeria.

Global Warming

Artifacts Exposed as Ice Fields Retreat

In the past century, the glaciers and ice fields of the European Alps have lost half their volume to global warming, and their continued retreat, like that of glaciers everywhere in the world, is accelerating. By 2100, many scientists predict, they will have all but disappeared. The meltdown has already disrupted the region’s sensitive mountain ecosystems and tourist resorts—some local communities have taken to laying protective white blankets over the snow and ice—but it has also opened up new avenues of scientific inquiry. As the glaciers recede, they are releasing some of the human artifacts that they have absorbed through the ages, including humans themselves. Ötzi, the five-thousand-year-old mummified mountaineer discovered in 1991, remains the most astonishing find. But hundreds of other archeological objects, preserved in remarkable delicacy, have also turned up—medieval crossbow bolts, coins of Roman vintage, a pair of twenty-six-hundred-year-old socks. In July, an employee of a Swiss ski company came across the mummified remains of a couple who had gone missing in 1942; they were found fully dressed, with their wartime identity cards, backpacks, an empty bottle, a pocket watch, and a book.

Burdick An Ancient Lunch Box Emerges from the Ice

Wildfires

Wildfires – Idaho, USA

The out-of-control wildfire in rural eastern Power County near Pocatello grew from 3 000 acres to the shocking size of 30,000 acres on Saturday, destroying structures, threatening homes and causing evacuations.

In addition the air quality in Pocatello was declared to be unhealthy, meaning that even healthy people may start to feel adverse health effects because of the excessive wildfire smoke in the Gate City’s air. People with respiratory problems will likely experience even worse health impacts.

Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

Concern is growing as the rapidly-moving Elephant Hill wildfire wreaks more havoc in B.C.’s central interior. The province’s largest single fire has burned more than 110,000 hectares and heavy winds are expected to fan the flames again this weekend.

A local state of emergency has been declared for Copper Desert Country and an evacuation order has been issued for the Deadman Vidette area. There are evacuation alerts in the Tranquille Valley and Hat Creek areas.

Brutal conditions on the front lines of the fire continue to plague the 600-plus crew members battling the blaze.

Disease

Swine Flu in Odisha, India

The first death of the year caused by swine flu in Odisha was reported on Saturday.

According to reports, a middle-aged patient died at a private hospital located in the Unit-IV area of the capital city. While the identity of the deceased and the hospital is yet to be established, the death has triggered panic among residents of the city where six persons tested positive for H1N1, the virus that causes the avian influenza, on Friday. So far 24 swabs in the State have tested positive with the virus of this deadly disease.