Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 Earthquake hits the Near Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Maule, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits east of the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Yunnan, China.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

Environment

Beijing Moves from Coal to Natural Gas

The last large coal-fired power plant in Beijing has suspended operations, with the city’s electricity now generated by natural gas, as the city battles a long term heavy smog problem. The shuttering of the Huangneng Beijing Thermal Power Plant comes on the heels of China’s annual legislative sessions, where Premier Li Keqiang promised to “make our skies blue again” in his state-of-the-nation speech.

The Huangneng plant is the fourth to be closed and replaced by gas thermal power centres between 2013 and 2017, cutting nearly 10 million tonnes in coal emissions annually. Smog has cloaked the capital for several days and is expected to continue through the week.

However, PM2.5 (harmful particulate) levels have remained between 200 and 330 micrograms per cubic metre –well above the World Health Organization’s recommended maximum average exposure of 25 micrograms per cubic metre in a 24-hour period.

The pollution often vanishes during prominent events like the legislative sessions and the 2008 Summer Olympics as authorities order factories to halt activity and force cars off the road.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits the Rota region in the North Mariana Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Sichuan-Yunnan-Guizhou region, China.

Environment

India Beats China As Worst Air-Polluted Country On Earth

India now has the world’s worst air pollution. They have beaten China. Specifically, it is New Delhi, India’s capital that has the worst air pollution on Earth.

Industrialization, coal-fired power plants, and low regulation have made the air pollution in India so much worse. Technology Review has reported that there have been 1.1 million deaths recorded last year due to air pollution in India. The country has been tied with China as having deadly air pollution. India’s rapid industrialization, too much use of coal for energy, growing population, and an ageing populace that is affected by air pollution are the factors why there are so many deaths.

Pollution Has Worked Its Way Down To The World’s Deepest Waters

The Mariana Trench in the northern Pacific is the deepest part of the world’s oceans. You might think a place that remote would be untouched by human activity.

But the Mariana Trench is polluted.

At its deepest — about 7 miles down — the water in the trench is near freezing. The pressure would crush a human like a bug. Scientists have only recently explored it.

Among them is biologist Alan Jamieson of Newcastle University in England. His team dropped what they call a mechanical “lander” down into the trench. It had cameras and water samplers and some baited traps. They didn’t really know what they’d find.

When the lander surfaced, the traps contained amphipods — shrimplike crustaceans. That wasn’t terribly surprising, as amphipods are known to live at great depths. But bringing them back from the Mariana Trench was a rarity, and Jamieson thought there might be something to learn from them. He took the creatures to an environmental scientist.

The amphipods were contaminated with PCBs — polychlorinated biphenyls — toxic chemicals used for decades in industry, as well as other industrial pollutants known as persistent organic pollutants.

Every sample we had,” Jamieson says, “had contaminants in it at very high or extraordinarily high levels. How high? He compared the contamination level in his Mariana amphipods to crabs living in waters fed by one of China’s most polluted rivers, as well as amphipods from other parts of the world. “And what we were finding in the deepest place in the world were (levels) hugely higher, 50 times in some cases,” he says.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits eastern Sichuan, China.

5.3 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 Earthquake hits near the coast of northern Peru.

5.2 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits Ethiopia.

5.1 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits central Italy.

5.2 Earthquake hits central Italy.

5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits eastern Sichuan, China.

5.0 Earthquake hits the western Indian-Antarctic ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits offshore Los lagos, Chile.

5.5 Earthquake hits the central east Pacific rise.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Sichuan-Chongqing border region, China.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.7 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.

5.8 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.6 Earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Solomon islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore El Salvador.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

Two 5.0 Earthquakes hit Luzon in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the coast of Ecuador.

5.0 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Talud, Indonesia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands, Greece.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

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

5.4 Earthquake hits Leyte in the Philippines.

5.4 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

Two 5.1 Earthquakes hit New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

5.0 Earthquake hits Guatemala.

Ecuador – Three people have been killed and at least 47 injured after the 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador’s Pacific coast early on Monday morning. All three victims apparently suffered heart attacks. More than 700 families were forced to evacuate their homes as emergency services moved in to deal with the incident. There were around 15 aftershocks too which caused further damage to the affected resort towns, with the largest measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Tonga.

Four 5.0 Earthquakes hit the Solomon Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Xinjiang-Qinghai border region, China.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 Earthquake hits southern Peru.

5.3 Earthquake hits the southwest Indian ridge.

5.2 Earthquake hits the western Xizang-India border.

5.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Pagan region in the North Mariana Islands.