Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.8 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits the southwestern Ryukyu islands off Japan.

5.2 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.2 Earthquake hits offshore Guatemala.

5.2 Earthquake hits Guam.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits southern Peru.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits the northern east Pacific rise.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Nias region, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits Kyushu, Japan.

5.4 Earthquake hits central Alaska.

5.4 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of Africa.

5.0 Earthquake hits Kyushu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

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

Wildlife

Japan kills 333 whales in annual Antarctic hunt

A Japanese whaling fleet returned to port Friday after an annual Antarctic hunt that killed more than 300 of the mammals as Tokyo pursues the programme in defiance of global criticism.

The fleet set sail for the Southern Ocean in November, with plans to slaughter 333 minke whales, flouting a worldwide moratorium and opposition led by Australia and New Zealand.

The fleet consisted of five ships, three of which arrived in the morning at Shimonoseki port in western Japan, the country’s Fisheries Agency said.

In a press release, the mission was described as “research for the purpose of studying the ecological system in the Antarctic Sea”.

But environmentalists and the International Court of Justice (IJC) call that a fiction and say the real purpose is simply to hunt whales for their meat.

Japan also caught 333 minke whales in the previous season ending in 2016 after a one-year hiatus prompted by an IJC ruling, which said the hunt was a commercial venture masquerading as science and ordered Tokyo to end it.

Under the International Whaling Commission (IWC), to which Japan is a signatory, there has been a moratorium on hunting whales since 1986.

Tokyo exploits a loophole allowing whales to be killed for “scientific research” and claims it is trying to prove the population is large enough to sustain a return to commercial hunting. But it also makes no secret of the fact that whale meat ends up on dinner tables and is served up in school lunches.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Invest 90L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that may have potential for further tropical development.

In the South Pacific Ocean: Tropical Cyclone Debbie located approximately 295 nm east- southeast of Cairns, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 04 knots.

In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 12s (Caleb), located approximately 200nm south of Cocos Island, is tracking westward at 06 knots.

NewsBytes:

Japan – Eight teenagers from a high school mountaineering club were killed Monday during an avalanche in an area of northeastern Japan that had been blanketed by unusually heavy spring snows, the authorities and the Japanese news media said. The students were climbing in an area in Tochigi Prefecture, about 100 miles north of Tokyo. The weather bureau in Tochigi had issued an avalanche warning on Sunday.

Middle East – Freak weather has caused carnage across the Middle East, after a series of flash floods, dust storms, hail and lightning shocked the region. This week, schools were shut down in Oman, while several accidents were reported when drivers lost control of their vehicles. In the UAE, thunderstorms and lightning lit up the night sky, following flash floods on the roads. Saudi Arabia suffered dust storms, which put several densely-packed cities on alert, and prompted a medical warning for those who venture outside. Earlier, in February, a bizarre blizzard snowstorm blanketed Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.4 Earthquake hits south of Bali, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits Kyushu, Japan.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Colombia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Valparaiso, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits east of North island, New Zealand.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits offshore Falcon, Venezuela.

5.2 Earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits the central east Pacific rise.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits Liberator O’Higgins, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Norwegian Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

Japan – The coastline of northeastern Japan that dropped by more than 3 feet during the 9.0 magnitude Fukushima quake in 2011 is now rising steadily.

The tectonic thrust also shifted the coast eastward 18 feet as it generated a tsunami that ravaged coastal areas. But satellite observations show that one spot on the Oshika Peninsula in Miyagi Prefecture has risen by 1.3 feet since measurements were taken the day after the 2011 temblor.

Other locations have seen lesser, but significant, rises.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.4 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

5.3 Earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

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