Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.6 earthquake hits the Ionian Sea.
5.2 earthquake hits the northern Mid-Atlantic ridge.
5.1 earthquake hits Vanuatu.
5.1 earthquake hits eastern Sichuan, China.
5.1 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
5.0 earthquake hits Unimak Island, Alaska.
5.0 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Oscar is located about 660 mi…1060 km ene of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…ne or 35 degrees at 22 mph…35 km/h.
In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm (ts) 31w (Yutu), located approximately 291 nm northwest of Manila, Philippines, is tracking northwestward at 08 knots.
Italy – Violent thunderstorms, small tornadoes that blew roofs off homes, and hurricane-force winds lashed Italy from Piedmont to Sicily early this week, leaving at least 11 people dead, many more injured and firefighters and other rescue workers scrambling to respond to emergency calls. In Venice, ferocious winds drove the high tide to more than 61 inches, or 156 centimeters, above average sea level on Monday, one of the highest levels ever recorded, plunging much of the city under water. It was the highest flood in a decade in Venice, though far short of the record, more than 76 inches above level, set in November 1966.
Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier Just Lost Enough Ice to Cover Manhattan 5 Times Over
An enormous iceberg about five times the size of Manhattan broke off Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier yesterday (Oct. 29), a mere month after a crack first appeared, satellite imagery shows.
At 115 square miles (300 square kilometers), the enormous amount of ice that calved off the glacier’s ice shelf is even larger than the mass that broke off last year. However, the newborn iceberg didn’t stay in one piece for long. Within a day, it had splintered into smaller pieces, with the largest piece measuring a substantial 87 square miles (226 square km) before it later broke apart even more.
October Wildfires – New Guinea
The imagefrom NASA Earth Observatory shows the smoke from a large number of wildfires across southern New Guinea on October 8, 2018.
By October 25, there were more than 5,000 fires counts in this coastal portion of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, according to the Global Fire Emissions Database.
Most of the fires were set intentionally to clear the land for agriculture across both small farms and large palm oil plantations. The land clearing often occurs in drained peatlands, and burning peat makes a substantial contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.