Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits the Same Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits near the north coast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Panama.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit the Nicobar Islands off India.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore El Salvador.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 23s (Wallace), located approximately 366 nm north of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking westward at 03 knots.

NewsBytes:

Oregon, USA – Heavy rain across northwest Oregon has brought flooding to multiple rivers and spurred evacuations in some parts of the state. Rainfall totals ranged from 3 to 6 inches in 48 hours and brought numerous rivers and creeks up to their banks, particularly in the southern and central Willamette Valley. The heaviest flooding is occurring in the Eugene area, where evacuation orders were issued Sunday night. The Santiam River in Jefferson is also near flood levels.

Global Warming

Global warming is shrinking glaciers faster than thought

Earth’s glaciers are melting much faster than scientists thought. A new study shows they are losing 369 billion tons of snow and ice each year, more than half of that in North America.

The most comprehensive measurement of glaciers worldwide found that thousands of inland masses of snow compressed into ice are shrinking 18 percent faster than an international panel of scientists calculated in 2013.

The world’s glaciers are shrinking five times faster now than they were in the 1960s. Their melt is accelerating due to global warming, and adding more water to already rising seas, the study found.

The glaciers shrinking fastest are in central Europe, the Caucasus region, western Canada, the U.S. Lower 48 states, New Zealand and near the tropics. Glaciers in these places on average are losing more than 1 percent of their mass each year, according to a study in Monday’s journal Nature. In these regions, at the current glacier loss rate, the glaciers will not survive the century.

Since 1961, the world has lost 10.6 trillion tons of ice and snow (9.6 trillion metric tons), the study found. That’s enough to cover the lower 48 U.S. states in about 4 feet of ice.

Glaciers grow in winter and shrink in summer, but as the Earth has warmed, they are growing less and shrinking more. Warmer summer temperatures are the main reason glaciers are shrinking faster.

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