Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

5.3 earthquake hits offshore Atacama, Chile.

5.2 earthquake hit south of Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits near the coast of southern Peru.

5.1 earthquake hit northern Xinjiang, China.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits near the coast of Nicaragua.

5.7 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.5 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits Western Xizang, China.

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.

Newsbytes:

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.

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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.

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.

Earthquakes

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.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Aegean Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits southern Qinghai, China.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 Earthquake hits Oaxaca, Mexico.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits the Sichuan-Gansu border region, China.

5.3 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka.

5.2 Earthquake hits eastern Uzbekistan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North island, New Zealand.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.3 Earthquake hits offshore Oaxaca, Mexico.

5.3 Earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.2 Earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

Three 5.1 Earthquakes hit offshore Oaxaca, Mexico.

Five 5.0 Earthquakes hit offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

Four 5.0 Earthquakes hit offshore Oaxaca, Mexico.

5.0 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Owen Fracture Zone.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern Honshu, Japan.

Mexico – The number of people killed by a powerful earthquake off the southern coast of Mexico has risen to at least 61, officials say. A huge rescue operation is under way in the worst-hit states of Tabasco, Oaxaca and Chiapas where people are feared trapped under rubble. President Enrique Peña Nieto says at least 200 people have been injured. The 8.1-magnitude quake, which hit late on Thursday, was the strongest to hit the region in a century. One of the worst hit towns was Juchitán, in Oaxaca, where at least 17 deaths have been reported. The town hall and a number of other buildings were destroyed or badly damaged. At least one other person was killed in Guatemala, its president has said.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra. Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits southeast of the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Bali Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits Ascension Island.

5.1 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern Xizang, China.

Two 5.0 Earthquakes hit New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Eight is located about 310 mi…500 km NNE of the southeastern Bahamas and about 545 mi…875 km SW of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 335 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Depression Jova is located about 345 mi…555 km WNW of Socorro island with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 14w (Banyan), located approximately 201 nm northwest of Wake Island, is tracking north-northwestward at 05 knots.

NewsBytes:

Nepal – Floods and landslides caused by torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 25 people in the last two days across Nepal. Heavy rains have hit more than a dozen districts in the country’s far eastern region as well as some areas in the west since Friday morning. Flooding has occurred across the densely populated lowlands that border India, while some remote districts in the hilly areas of the far east have been hit by landslides triggered by the monsoon rains. Floods triggered by heavy rainfall for the past two days have claimed the lives of nine people in Koshi zone of eastern Nepal. Floodwater inundated the entire Itahari Sub-Metropolitan City. More than 300 houses have been flooded after the water entered into the human settlements in Duhabi and Itahari. A red light has been light up at the Koshi Barrage after increase in water flow in the Saptakoshi River. The river recorded 192,300 cusec/per second water flow.

China – Thunderstorms lashed Beijing on Saturday, disrupting hundreds of flights at one of the world’s largest airports, while authorities warned that rain and wind could cause landslides in the area where a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck this week.

Iran – The Friday flash floods triggered by heavy rains killed 12 people in the country’s northeast, Iranian state TV reported Saturday. There are 38 people missing in Khorasan Razavi province.