Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits the Pagan region, North Mariana Islands.

5.6 earthquake hits Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

5.4 earthquake hits Alaska.

5.2 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits Kapulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits Alaska.

5.8 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.8 earthquake hits Puebla, Mexico.

5.4 earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.

5.4 earthquake hits the Batan Islands in the Philippines.

5.2 earthquake hits the island of Hawaii, Hawaii.

5.1 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Kepulauan Talud, Indonesia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits the south-west Indian Ridge.

5.3 earthquake hits central Alaska.

5.3 earthquake hits the island of Hawaii, Hawaii.

5.2 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.2 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits the south-west Indian Ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits the south-west Indian Ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits the Prince Edward Islands.

5.0 earthquake in his the south-west Indian Ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits off the East Coast Kamchatka.

Global Warming

Experts “grossly underestimate” the economic cost of global warming

A group of authors from several backgrounds, including Thomas Stoerk of the Environmental Defense Fund, Gernot Wagner of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, and Bob Ward of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, have written a paper warning that the true economic damage of global warming is “grossly” underestimated.

The authors state that there is “ … mounting evidence that current economic models of the aggregate global impacts of climate change are inadequate in their treatment of uncertainty and grossly underestimate potential future risks.”

One of the key components of their analysis is that the models used currently ignore the possibility and potential for “tipping points.” These are points beyond which “… impacts accelerate, become unstoppable, or become irreversible.” An example might be the melting of the Antarctic ice sheet; this would greatly accelerate the rate of change.

The projected economic damage, which will affect the southern United States much more seriously than the north, is already daunting: 30 percent of GDP destroyed, and a world cost of $535 trillion by the end of this century using existing climate/economic models.

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Climate change has transformed much of Alaska over the past three decades

Climate change disproportionately impacts the Arctic, where rising global temperatures wrought by the burning of fossil fuels have brought rapid, fundamental changes to places like Alaska. In a new study published in Global Change Biology, researchers conclude that 67,000 square miles of land in Alaska, 13 percent of the total land, have been affected over the past three decades.

The land has been impacted by what the study calls ‘directional change,’ in which a location has experienced fundamental change in its ecology from historic levels. For example, some areas have become greener and wetter and others have dried out as glaciers shrink and wildfires rage across the state. Even trees have shifted, with treelines moving farther north to adjust to a warming Arctic.

Climate change has also disrupted the state’s historic water patterns. Melting permafrost has led to depressions, allowing wetlands to form in unusual places. This has also exacerbated erosion along the coasts, which are being tested by an ever-shorter season of sea ice.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Indian Ocean/Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression (td) 04w (Four), located approximately 387 nm north of Andersen AFB, is tracking northwestward at 11 knots.

NewsBytes:

Alaska – An Alaska Railroad passenger train headed north was forced to turn around at Talkeetna Saturday morning, after extensive flooding along roughly three miles of nearby track caused by ice jams on the Susitna River.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 earthquake hits the Moro Gulf, Mindanao, Philippines.

5.3 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.2 earthquake hits the Bali Sea.

5.1 earthquake hit south of Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Alaska.

5.0 earthquake hits the northern East Pacific rise.

5.0 earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.4 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.4 earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 earthquake hits the Balleny Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the Gulf of Alaska.

5.0 earthquake hits the Sumba region, Indonesia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua and New Guinea.

5.2 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.1 earthquake hits the Gulf of Alaska.

5.0 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits the Gulf of Alaska.

5.1 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia.

Earthquake Swarm hits Iceland

Almost thirty earthquakes occurred in North Iceland and the ocean north of Iceland Monday night. The largest earthquake of the swarm occcured at 2.30 AM at a magnitude of 3.0. Its origins were around 20 km North East of Siglufjörður. The swarm began at around 00.30 Monday night and most of them were at a magnitude of between 1.0 and 2.0. An earthquake of 2.8 occurred North East of Grímsey. The Iceland Met Office sees no cause for concern but is carefully monitoring events.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.8 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.8 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.5 earthquake hits the West Chile rise.

5.2 earthquake hits Sabah, Malaysia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Gulf of Alaska.

5.0 earthquake hits the southern Pacific Ocean.