Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.5 earthquake hits Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

The 7.5 magnitude quake and tsunami, which hit the city of Palu about 1,500 km (940 miles) from Jakarta and further along the coastline, killed at least 384 people. Officials said on Saturday the death toll was likely to rise. Hundreds of people had gathered for a festival on the beach in Palu on Friday when waves as high as six metres (18 feet) smashed onshore at dusk, sweeping many to their death. The tsunami warning gauges apparently did not work properly, giving no warning to residents.

Three 5.8 earthquakes hit Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Two 5.6 earthquakes hit Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.5 earthquake hits Martinique in the Windward Islands.

5.5 earthquake hits the Indian Ocean triple junction.

Two 5.4 earthquake hit Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

Two 5.2 earthquakes hit Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Three 5.1 earthquakes hit Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Three 5.0 earthquakes hit Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Indian Ocean triple Junction.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Subtropical Storm Leslie is located about 820 mi…1320 km ene of Bermuda and about 1345 mi…2165 km w of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…sw or 225 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

The Remnants of Kirk are located about 190 mi…310 km ssw of St. Croix and about 230 mi…370 km s of San Juan Puerto Rico with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 300 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Rosa is located about 545 mi…875 km ssw of Punta Eugenia Mexico and about 760 mi…1220 km ssw of San Felipe Mexico with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…n or 355 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Storm Sergio is located about 345 mi…555 km ssw of Acapulco Mexico with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h, Present movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 28w (Trami), located approximately 90 nm north-northeast of Kadena AFB, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 18 knots.

Tropical storm 30w (Kong-Rey), located approximately 186 nm north of Fais, is tracking westward at 15 knots.

NewsBytes:

Vietnam – More breakthrough solutions are needed to help farmers in the Mekong Delta cope with unpredictably rising water levels, according to experts. This year, floodwaters caused by heavy rains and water of the Mekong River have been rising at alarming levels, submerging thousands of hectares of rice and crops and causing losses for farmers in Mekong Delta provinces. The water levels, which are higher than the average over the past decade, are forecast to reach warning Level 2 on the Tiền and Hậu rivers in the next few days.

Global Warming

Arctic ice reaches lowest recorded extent

The extent of Arctic sea ice, with reached its 2018 lowest extent on 23 September and again on 23 September, has tied with 2008 and 2010 for the sixth lowest summertime minimum extent in the satellite record.

This is the conclusion from satellite data by NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder, which showed that, at 1,77-million square miles (4,59-million square kilometres), 2018 effectively tied with.

Arctic sea ice, the cap of frozen seawater blanketing most of the Arctic Ocean and neighbouring seas in wintertime, follows seasonal patterns of growth and decay. It thickens and spreads during the fall and winter and thins and shrinks during the spring and summer.

But in the past decades, increasing temperatures have led to prominent decreases in the Arctic sea ice extents, with particularly rapid decreases in the minimum summertime extent.

The shrinking of the Arctic sea ice cover can ultimately affect the planet’s weather patterns and the circulation of the oceans.

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