Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.8 earthquake hits the Nias region, Indonesia.

5.5 earthquake hits the Nias region, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits offshore Valparaiso, Chile.

5.2 earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.1 earthquake hits Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Bosnia & Herzegovina – Bosnia and Herzegovina’s major city of Tuzla, located 120 kilometers northeast of the capital Sarajevo, declared on Sunday a state of natural disaster due to floods. The heavy rains which have been falling since Thursday caused major rivers and streams to spill over and to flood some 60 residential objects, causing great material damage.

Wildlife

Beaver Cull – Indiana, USA

Wildlife officials are culling beavers and demolishing their dams in a swampland nature preserve in southwestern Indiana to protect a species of oak tree rarely found in the state.

Overcup oaks thrive in swamps, but beaver dams in the Twin Swamps Nature Preserve have elevated water levels so high that the trees have been damaged or killed.

Now, the state has stepped in to combat the threat at the 500-acre (200-hectare) property in Mount Vernon. Despite the delicacy of the habitat and the apparent destruction of the beavers, the goal isn’t to eliminate the beaver population from the preserve altogether, but to reduce it.

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Disease

Mad Cow Disease – Brazil

In Brazil, the Agricultural Defense Secretariat of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply reports the confirmation of an atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), or Mad Cow disease, in Mato Grosso. This disease occurs spontaneously and sporadically, and is not related to the ingestion of contaminated food.