Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.2 earthquake hits near the coast of southern Peru.

5.0 earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Kirk is located about 470 mi…755 km e of Barbados and about 595 mi…955 km ese of Martinique with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 18 mph…30 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Rosa is located about 470 mi…755 km wsw of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 28w (Trami), located approximately 339 nm south-southeast of Kadena AFB, Japan, is tracking north-northwestward at 04 knots.

Tropical depression (td) 29w (Twenty-nine), located approximately 579 nm east-northeast of Iwo To, Japan, is tracking north-northwestward at 13 knots.

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Global Warming

Climate Change Will Ravage Us National Parks

America’s national parks have warmed twice as fast as the US average and could see some of the worst effects of climate change, according to a new study.

Most of Joshua Tree national park could become uninhabitable for its eponymous trees, glaciers will continue to melt away at Glacier national park, and many other of America’s most treasured beauty spots could be rendered virtually unrecognizable by climate change, Patrick Gonzalez, the lead author of the study, writes in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

Even the tiniest of creatures are at risk in the worst-case predictions: the American pika, a small alpine mammal, may no longer be able to survive on park land.

Alaska parks would see the most extreme heat increases, and the US Virgin Islands parks face 28% less rainfall by the end of the century. In Glacier Bay national park, the Muir Glacier melted 640 meters between 1948 and 2000.

In Yellowstone national park, trees are dying because bark beetles are thriving in warmer winters. Yellowstone will also become far more vulnerable to wildfires. The area burned could be up to three to 10 times higher by 2100. Joshua Tree national park in California could lose up to 90% of the habitat suitable for its namesake trees.

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Disease

Chikungunya – Sudan

More than 11,000 people in Sudan’s eastern state of Kassala have been infected over the past month by Chikungunya, a debilitating mosquito-borne viral disease, but no deaths have been reported, a Sudanese official said on Tuesday.

Chikungunya is spread by two mosquito species and can cause severe symptoms, which develop three to seven days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito, include high fever, headache, muscle pain, back pain and rash. There are no dedicated treatments or vaccines for Chikungunya. In rare cases it is fatal.