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.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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New Zealand – Severe flooding struck Auckland’s west on Sunday – turning streets into rivers, trapping shoppers and forcing people to evacuate their houses as heavy rain poured down. More than 320 homes flooded across Auckland on Sunday as the storm lashed the region. West Auckland locals were stunned as the storm flooded a street in 15 minutes.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

Reports from Madagascar indicate that the death toll from Tropical Cyclone Enawo has risen to 38 with more than 53 000 people displaces and homeless.

Newsbytes:

New Zealand – Heavy rain has again hit parts of the North Island and Nelson overnight and this morning, cutting off parts of the Coromandel. Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, and Northwest Nelson all had a severe weather warning in place. MetService said the Coromandel bore the brunt, with about 130mm falling in 24 hours, most of that overnight. The poor weather overnight also included a downpour in Auckland between 5pm and 6pm that was tied for the area’s wettest since records began in 1965. Kaitaia had a record rainfall, receieving 44.6mm between 3am and 4am according to NIWA, with hourly records beginning there in 1962. MetService said about 100mm fell there over 24 hours. The worst of the weather was now tracking over the central North Island, with rain developing around Wellington and the upper South Island.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

Reports from Madagascar indicate that the death toll from Tropical Cyclone Enawo has risen to 38 with more than 53 000 people displaces and homeless.

Newsbytes:

New Zealand – Heavy rain has again hit parts of the North Island and Nelson overnight and this morning, cutting off parts of the Coromandel. Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, and Northwest Nelson all had a severe weather warning in place. MetService said the Coromandel bore the brunt, with about 130mm falling in 24 hours, most of that overnight. The poor weather overnight also included a downpour in Auckland between 5pm and 6pm that was tied for the area’s wettest since records began in 1965. Kaitaia had a record rainfall, receieving 44.6mm between 3am and 4am according to NIWA, with hourly records beginning there in 1962. MetService said about 100mm fell there over 24 hours. The worst of the weather was now tracking over the central North Island, with rain developing around Wellington and the upper South Island.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 11s (Eleven), located approximately 715 nm east-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southward at 14 knots.

Tropical cyclone 09s (Enawo) has re-generated as a tropical cyclone and is located approximately 434 nm southeast of Europa Island, is tracking south-southeastward at 22 knots.

Newsbytes:

New Zealand – Continuing torrential rainfall created widespread flooding in the Waihi and Whiritoa areas. The small community of Whiritoa woke up yesterday morning isolated after several slips on State Highway 25 either side of the beachside settlement left a number of people stranded in vehicles.

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.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 09s (Enawo), located approximately 459 nm northwest of St Denis, is tracking southwestward at 08 knots.

Tropical cyclone Enawo slammed into Madagascar on Tuesday, killing three people and displacing hundreds as it buffeted the island with hurricane-force winds and pounding rain.

Newsbytes:

New Zealand – A key road leading to the Coromandel Peninsula has partially opened this afternoon as the district experiences its worst flooding in 10 years. Several residents have been left homeless after being evacuated due to their homes getting damaged by slips as contractors and emergency services work to clear and repair roads. The rising Kauearanga River earlier cut State Highway 25 into Thames, and debris and floods has blocked the Thames Coast Rd but one lane is now open. In Clevedon, residents watched livestock floating down river in what they call ’worst ever’ floods.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits Panama.

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

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Kamchatka, Russia.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

Wildfires

Wildfires – New Zealand

Hundreds of people in New Zealand’s second-largest city were evacuated from their homes Wednesday as wildfires burned down several houses and threatened to encroach further into some suburbs. A helicopter pilot who was a decorated soldier died in a crash while fighting the blaze on Tuesday. The region had been unusually dry for three years and the grass in the hills had turned brown over the Southern Hemisphere summer. Smoke and ash were being blown across Christchurch.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits near the north coast of Colombia.

5.3 Earthquake hits central Alaska.

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

5.2 Earthquake hits the Sumbawa region, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

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

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Atacama, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the coast of western Turkey.

5.0 Earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand.

Wildlife

Massive Whale Standing in New Zealand

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Rescuers were engaged in a race against time on Friday to save the lives of a large group of whales, after more than 400 of the animals swam aground along a remote beach in New Zealand.

About 275 of the pilot whales were already dead when Cheree Morrison and two colleagues found them on Farewell Spit at the tip of the South Island. Within hours, hundreds of farmers, tourists and teenagers engaged in a group effort to keep the surviving 140 or so whales alive in one of the worst whale strandings in the nation’s history.

Getting the large animals back out to sea proved to be a major challenge. As many as half of the 100 refloated whales managed to strand themselves again, the New Zealand Herald reported.

The adult and baby whale carcasses were strewn three or four deep in places for hundreds of yards, often rolled over on the sand with their tail fins still up in the air.

Morrison’s group alerted officials, and volunteers soon began arriving in wetsuits and carrying buckets. Dressed in her jeans and sandshoes, Morrison waded into the water and did what she could to try to maneuver the surviving whales upright so they could breathe more easily.

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of whale strandings in the world, and Friday’s event is the nation’s third-biggest recorded stranding.

The largest was in 1918, when about 1,000 pilot whales came ashore on the Chatham Islands. In 1985 about 450 whales stranded in Auckland.

Endangered penguins hunting for fish in wrong place

Endangered penguins are hunting for fish in the wrong place because climate change has prompted sardines and other prey to move to another part of the ocean, researchers have discovered.

The plight of the African penguin – found in Namibia and South Africa – highlights the dangers to wildlife of the sudden rise in temperature caused by human-induced global warming.

For the penguins have learned to look for places with lower sea temperatures and large amounts of a type of chlorophyll. These are tell-tale signs of plankton and, in turn, the fish that feed on them.

These once sure-fire ways to find large shoals are now leading the penguins into an “ecological trap” that is pushing them closer to extinction.

And the situation has been made worse by industrial-scale fishing and a raft of other problems, mostly caused by humans.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), there are about 80,000 adult African penguins left. But oil slicks in 1994 and 2000 killed some 30,000 birds and the death toll “may increase” if planned harbour developments go ahead, the IUCN says.

In the new study, researchers from Exeter and Cape Town universities tagged 54 juvenile birds from eight different colonies to find out where they go to look for fish.

The areas they chose were once rich hunting grounds for sardines and anchovies.

But changes in water temperature and salt content have prompted the fish to move hundreds of kilometres away.

The problems in finding food have produced low survival rates among juvenile African penguins, previously known as jackass penguins.

It is thought breeding numbers are about 50 per cent lower than they would be if the birds were able to find enough to eat.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits Colombia.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.3 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.3 Earthquake hits near the coast of western Turkey.

5.3 Earthquake hits Uttaranchal, India.

5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.

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

5.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of western Turkey.

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

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

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

5.2 Earthquake hits the Maug Islands in the North Mariana Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits south Island, New Zealand.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

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

5.2 Earthquake hits southeast of Easter Island.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Africa.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.