Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.7 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.
5.5 earthquake hits offshore Anzoategui, Venezuela,
5.4 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.
5.0 earthquake hits east of the South Sandwich Islands.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Gabrielle is located about 785 mi…1260 km wnw of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…ne or 55 degrees at 25 mph…41 km/h.
From a distance, the beach scene at Alabama’s Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge looked appealing: blue sky, soft sand and a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. But as one approaches closer one can see the fatal noose around the turtle’s neck attached to the washed-up beach chair.
Wildfires – Bolivia
Wildfires in Bolivia have torched two million hectares (4.9 million acres) of forest and grassland since August, including some environmentally protected areas, officials said Monday.
Environmentalists blame laws enacted under President Morales, who has encouraged burning of forest and pasture land to expand agricultural production. The government attributes the blazes to dry weather and winds.
Bolivia’s government recently authorized farmers to burn 20 hectares (almost 50 acres) instead of the usual five hectares (12 acres) — which is believed to have contributed to thousands of wildfires.