Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.4 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits the Azores.

5.1 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Bismarck Sea.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Indonesia

Brazil has captured global attention over deliberately set fires that are burning the Amazon rainforest, often called the earth’s lungs. Now Indonesia is compounding the concern with blazes to clear forest on the other side of the world.

Hundreds of wildfires burned across Indonesian Borneo and Sumatra on Tuesday, producing thick clouds of smoke that disrupted air travel, forced schools to close and sickened many thousands of people. Poorly equipped firefighters were unable to bring them under control.

Officials said that about 80 percent of the fires were set intentionally to make room for palm plantations, a lucrative cash crop that has led to deforestation on much of Sumatra.

The slash-and-burn conflagrations, which tore through sensitive rainforests where dozens of endangered species live, immediately drew comparisons to the wildfires in the Amazon basin that have destroyed more than 2 million acres.

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Wildfires – Australia

Across NSW, the latest confirmed losses from the current spate of bushfires are:

. 26 homes destroyed, 13 damaged

. 6 facilities destroyed, 2 damaged

. 77 outbuildings destroyed, 50 damaged

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.4 earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits offshore Guatemala.

5.2 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantis ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Indonedsia

The number of blazes in Indonesia’s rainforests has jumped sharply, satellite data showed on Thursday, spreading smog across Southeast Asia and adding to concerns about the impact of increasing wildfire outbreaks worldwide on global warming. Illegal blazes to clear land for agricultural plantations have been raging on Sumatra and Borneo islands, with Indonesia deploying water-bombing helicopters and thousands of security forces to tackle them.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore El Salvador.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon.

5.5 earthquake hits the Drake Passage.

5.3 earthquake hits the South China Sea.

5.2 earthquake hits the northern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the DR Congo.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Philippine Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Central America.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits Crete.

5.0 earthquake hits eastern Xizang, China.

5.0 earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.8 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.1 earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Auckland Islands off New Zealand.

5.0 earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.9 earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.7 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands, Greece.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits `Samar in the Philippines.