Wildfires

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.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Bolivia

Based on information received from the Ministry of Environment and Water (MMAyA) on August 26th, 521 thousand hectares are affected by fire forest in the Chiquitania region, Department of Santa Cruz, and 274 hectares of crops affected. Medias inform that the fires destroyed 738 thousand hectares.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Firefighters are working to contain a bushfire north of Brisbane but have warned they may not be able to protect every property in the semi-rural area and conditions could get worse.

Meanwhile Pilots flying over Bribie Island’s northwestern beaches were met by a heartbreaking scene this afternoon. Numbers of dead kangaroos were spotted from the air. They had been killed fleeing the bushfires. The bushfires at Bribie Island engulfed campsites on Wednesday and Thursday, with water bombers deployed from helicopters top douse the remaining flames today.

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Wildfires – Bolivia

Bolivian authorities warned this week that 70% of the department of Santa Cruz — where more than a quarter of the country’s population lives — is under “extreme risk” from forest fires.

According to the government, nearly 500,000 hectares of forest have now been turned into ashes.

According to Brazil’s space research centre (INPE), 72,843 fires have hit the country’s side of the Amazon — an 83% increase on last year and the highest number registered since records began in 2013. The smokes from the wildfires on Wednesday caused an hour-long blackout in Sao Paulo, located 2,700 kms away.

Greenpeace has blamed the record number of wildfires in the Brazilian Amazon on deforestation. It also warned that it could have severe meteorological consequences for the region but also for the globe.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits the Lombok region, Indonesia.

5.4 earthquake hits Mindoro in the Philippines.

5.2 earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.2 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits Potosi, Bolivia.

5.0 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Bolivia – At least 10 thousand hectares of banana plantations were flooded in the Cochabamba tropic, causing millions in losses to the community and producers. More than 7 500 families were affected by the floods.

Argentina – Intense rainfall in Northeast Argentina has caused devastating floods, amplifying the economic burdens of the country’s record inflation. About 3,500 people have evacuated the region, and millions of hectares of crops have been sent underwater. The flooded region, which extends into Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil, has received about five times more rain than expected since the beginning of the year. Some areas received a whole year’s worth of rainfall in the first 15 days of the calendar year. 2.4 million hectares of soybeans are flooded. The greatest losses come from the Pampa Húmeda region, one of the main food producers in the world. Other crops like corn and cotton, along with livestock have been wiped out across the Northeast. Just last year, Argentina was plagued with severe drought, the worst that had hit the country in half a century. This drought crushed the country’s agricultural sector and strained the country’s economy. It’s blamed in part for the current run on Argentine currency.

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California, USA – Heavy rain, snow and wind pummeled much of California Thursday, causing at least five deaths, leaving thousands without power and forcing wildfire victims threatened by floods to flee their homes. Southern California authorities concerned with rising streams and excessive runoff ordered evacuations in parts of Malibu and other areas scarred by wildfires. Malibu schools canceled classes. In harder hit Northern California, authorities warned of imminent floods and debris flows in the wildfire-ravished city of Paradise and the surrounding region denuded of protective trees and vegetation, telling residents to prepare to flee their homes on a moment’s notice.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

5.1 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits Chuquisaca, Bolivia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.8 earthquake hits south-east of the Loyalty Islands.

6.4 earthquake hits the Anatahan Region, North Mariana Islands.

5.7 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.5 earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.

5.4 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.3 earthquake hits south-east of the Loyalty Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits south-east of the Loyalty Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Timor, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

5.0 earthquake hits south-east of the Loyalty Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits Chuquisaca, Bolivia.

This was one of the most powerful quakes on record in Bolivia, but there was no damage because it was so deep (346 miles beneath the surface).

5.9 earthquake hits offshore El Salvador.

5.4 earthquake hits Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic Ridge.

5.1 earthquake hit southern Xinjiang, China.

5.0 earthquake hits the south-west Indian Ridge.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.6 earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.4 earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.4 earthquake the Kuril Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 earthquake hits Potosi, Bolivia.

5.1 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

Australia – The Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra has cancelled all classes and events for Monday after a storm triggered flash flooding in parts of the city on Sunday and forced several roads to close. Some parts of the city received more than February’s average rainfall in just a few hours. The city recorded 66.2mm, compared with the average rainfall for February of 51.2mm. Several adjacent suburbs were also flooded, local media said, with much of the floodwaters carried by Sullivans Creek, which runs through the middle of the campus.

Ontario, Canada – A state of emergency and flood warnings remain in place in southwestern Ontario, though officials say damage from a local river appears to be less than expected. The Thames River, swollen by days of heavy rains and melted snow, is reaching its peak in most areas covered by the state of emergency.

Bolivia – The Bolivian government is mulling whether to declare a “national disaster” due to severe flooding that has driven 85,000 people from their homes across the country. After touring flood-ravaged areas in Guanay, a town in north of La Paz department, Defense Minister Zabaleta told reporters in the capital that the heavy rains sparked by the La Nina weather phenomenon have claimed eight lives, washed away thousands of homes, and damaged cropland, bridges and roadways.

Midwest USA – Flooding that prompted evacuations in parts of the Midwest persisted Friday in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio and was expected to last through the weekend in areas that have been swamped by high water from heavy rains and melting snow. Waters receded in South Bend and Goshen, Indiana, but flooding remained there and elsewhere. The National Weather Service said a number of Michigan rivers could see record levels in the coming days. In Ohio, water swamped more roadways and basements and forecasters expected the Ohio River could reach levels not seen since the region’s deadly 1997 floods. Restaurants and other business and recreation spots from Cincinnati for miles east along the river closed, as water cut off roadways and swamped parks. Forecasters warned people living along rivers, streams and creeks in southern Ohio, southeastern Indiana and northern Kentucky to be especially cautious and prepared for rapid rises.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical storm 02w (Two), located approximately 92 nm east-southeast of Koror, Palau, is tracking westward at 16 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 09p (Gita), located approximately 122 nm south-southeast of Niue, is tracking southwestward at 07 knots.

Newsbytes:

Bolivia – Intense rains continue to fall across much of Bolivia. The rain and floods over the past nine days have left at least three people dead, including a minor. Six others have been reported as missing, according to Reuters, and at least 20 municipalities have been left in a state of disaster.