Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits near the south coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic Ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits offshore Antofagasta, Chile.

5.0 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.0 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

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Environment

Light pollution – Chile

It seems nothing can escape the inexorable spread of light pollution — not even the giant telescopes probing the heavens above northern Chile, a region whose pristine dark skies, long considered a paradise for astronomers, are under increasing threat.

The Atacama desert, 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) north of the capital Santiago, provides ideal conditions where astronomers study the stars in darkness so profound they appear like diamonds on velvet.

Scientists estimate that by 2020, Chile — a critically important country for optical and radio astronomy — will host 70 percent of the globe’s astronomical infrastructure.

But the ever-expanding use of cheap light-emitting diode (LED) lighting in the booming South American country is starting to concern astronomers desperately trying to safeguard some of the world’s darkest skies.

“Unfortunately, as we have more and more white lights, the deterioration of the skies has increased by up to 30 percent compared to the end of the last decade,” said scientist Pedro Sanhueza.

Chile takes the problem of light pollution so seriously that Sanhueza heads up an organization called the Office for the Protection of Quality of the Sky (OPCC).

Its main task is to make the people of northern Chile aware of the particularly high night-sky quality and the negative impacts of light pollution.

At the Paranal Observatory deep in the Atacama desert, staff are doing all they can to limit light leaking out into the atmosphere

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Hawaii, USA

Big Island firefighters and multiple agencies continued their efforts Sunday to extinguish a brush fire burning hundreds of acres in Waikoloa. The fire is estimated to have burned between 830 to 900 acres over the last 24 hours, officials said. At last check, the fire was 35 percent contained.

Wildfires – Chile

About 1,000 hectares of forest have been destroyed in the past 24 hours in Chile’s central region of Valparaiso, while authorities have declared the red alert in five areas on Sunday. The fires have been fed by a prolonged drought and temperatures that have topped 40 degrees Celsius.

Wildfires – Australia

A bushfire is burning out-of-control in Perth’s southern suburbs, shutting a major freeway. Kwinana Freeway has been shut in both directions from Mortimer Road and Mundijong Road due to smoke from a fast-moving fire in Baldivis.

Up to 150 firefighters, two air tankers and about 13 bulldozers and tractors will spend today strengthening and building containment lines on the Mt Canobolas blaze that’s already destroyed more than 790 hectares, a NSW Rural Fire Service spokesman said.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.6 earthquake hits Ascension Island.

5.5 earthquake hits the Gulf of Alaska.

5.4 earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

5.2 earthquake hits the Gulf of Alaska.

5.1 earthquake hits the Balleny Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.6 earthquake hits north of Honduras.

5.4 earthquake hits near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands, New Zealand.

5.1 earthquake hits south east of the loyalty Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.7 Earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Nicobar Islands off India.

5.2 Earthquake hits Kepulauaan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.5 Earthquake hits Guam.

5.2 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the coast of Central America.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern Iran.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 Earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.

The 6.4 Earthquake rocked the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and other cities on the country’s island of Java late Friday, with authorities reporting at least two deaths.

Disaster relief officials say buildings collapsed in several western Java districts and a hospital was evacuated after suffering damage. The quake made buildings sway in Jakarta.

5.6 Earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.2 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Guerrero, Mexico.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits northern Qinghai, China.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Guatemala.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits the Kashmir-Xinjiang border region.

5.6 Earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits Pakistan.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Uttaranchal, India.