Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits Luzon in the Philippines.

5.3 earthquake hits the island of Hawaii, Hawaii.

5.1 earthquake hits Mindanao, Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits Northern Qinghai, China.

5.0 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic Ridge.



Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits Unimak Island, Alaska.

5.2 earthquake case Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits the Jilin-Heilongjiang border, China.

5.0 earthquake hits Guam.

5.0 earthquake hits the Nicobar Islands off India.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits Kyrgyzstan.

5.3 earthquake hits the Izu Islands, Japan.

5.1 earthquake it the Loyalty Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits offshore O’Higgins, Chile.

5.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Costa Rica.

5.0 earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits Tajikistan.

5.0 earthquake hit southern Qinghai, China.

5.0 earthquake hits Kepulauan Kai, Indonesia.


China Changes Trash Import Policy – Refuses to be a Trash Dumping Ground

For decades, China was the world’s largest importer of waste but that’s changing after Beijing banned 24 types of scraps from entering its borders starting January.

The ban was hailed as a big win for global green efforts by environmentalists, who said it would not only clean up China, but also force other countries to better manage their own trash.

More than three months into the ban, waste exporters such as the U.S., Europe and Japan are still scrambling for an alternative to China.

China was the dumping ground for more than half of the world’s trash before the ban and, at its peak, was importing almost 9 million metric tons of plastic scrap a year, according to Greenpeace.

The country started importing waste in the 1980s to fuel a growing manufacturing sector. It grew a whole waste processing and recycling industry, but improper handling of trash and a lack of effective supervision turned the country into a major polluter.

China, now the second-largest economy in the world, has been doubling down on efforts to clean up its air, water and land. Under President Xi Jinping, the country has shuttered tens of thousands of factories that contributed pollution, pushed for greater use of renewable energy and became a green finance giant.

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Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

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

5.3 earthquake hits the mid-Indian Ridge.

5.3 earthquake hits the Channel Islands, California.

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5.2 earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

5.0 earthquake hits the Guadalupe region, Leeward Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits near the coast of central Peru.


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.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 03s (Ava), located approximately 429 nm east-northeast of Europa Island, is tracking southwestward at 12 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 04s (Irving), located approximately 1108 nm east-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking westward at 12 knots.


Germany – Rivers swollen by days of rainfall and melting snow are rising in western Germany, with floodwaters spilling into some cities and towns. Shipping was suspended Friday on the upper reaches of the Rhine River, and a similar measure might be taken in the Cologne area over the weekend. Shipping on the Moselle River and the Neckar River, two of the Rhine’s tributaries, had already been halted. A road in downtown Heidelberg was closed on Friday after the Neckar spilled over its banks. In St. Blasien in Germany’s Black Forest, houses were evacuated on Thursday night because of flooding and a landslide.

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Switzerland – The road to the Adelboden ski resort in Switzerland was swept away by a rain-induced mudslide while one skier in the French Alps died after being hit by a falling tree.

China – Central and eastern China have been dealing with heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions since Tuesday. Downed power lines scrapped power in Suizhou, a city of 2.5 million people. The snowfall killed at least 10 people. The hardest-hit provinces were Shanxi, Henan, Hubei, Anhui and Jiangsu. More than 16 inches of snow fell in parts of Henan, Hubei and Anhui. About 200 homes were destroyed by the blizzards.


Congo – Floods and mudslides killed 44 people in shantytowns in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa, the third largest metropolis in Africa. Heavy rains hit Kinshasa on Thursday, starting in the early morning and continuing for hours. The floods had caused a large amount of damage and had destroyed several houses.


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.


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.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 Earthquake hits eastern Xizang-India Border.

The quake’s epicentre was in an uninhabited region and authorities have yet to receive any casualty reports.

5.5 Earthquake hits near the coast of Ecuador.

5.2 Earthquake hits near the coast of Ecuador.

5.1 Earthquake hits eastern Xizang-India Border.

5.1 Earthquake hits Merida, Venezuela.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

Global Warming

Scientists Are Watching China’s Glaciers Disappear

Xinjiang, a land of mountains, forests and deserts, is four times the size of California and is home to 20,000 glaciers — nearly half of all the glaciers in China. Since the 1950s, all of Xinjiang’s glaciers have retreated by between 21 percent to 27 percent.

Scientists are the only people allowed here. The government has banned tourism on the glacier and shut down factories in the town below, laying off 7,000 workers to try to lessen the impact of pollution. But local sources of pollution account for just 30 percent of the damage to glaciers, says Li. The other 70 percent is caused by global carbon emissions that have warmed the entire planet.

At the rate global temperatures are rising, some 55 percent of all the glaciers in Xinjiang — nearly 11,000 — will be gone within 50 years.

The Tianshan No. 1 glacier below is melting fast, receding by at least 30 feet each year. Scientists warn that the glacier — the source of the Urumqi River, which more than 4 million people depend on — may soon disappear.