Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 13s (Francisco), located approximately 647 nm east-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracing east- southeastward at 11 knots.

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NewsBytes:

New Zealand – Severe flooding forced thousands of residents in New Zealand’s South Island to flee their homes on Wednesday and left hundreds of tourists stranded at the remote Milford Sound beauty spot. The Southland region declared a state of emergency after being deluged with more than 1 000mm of rainfall in 60 hours, triggering landslides on major roads and causing rivers to burst their banks. Authorities told residents in the low-lying areas of Gore and Mataura to evacuate immediately early on Wednesday as floodwaters in the Mataura river peaked, warning those further downstream in Wyndham to prepare to leave. Power to affected areas was cut off as a precaution and evacuation centres were set up in local churches and schools.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits North Island, New Zealand.

5.1 earthquake hits Puerto Rico.

5.1 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.9 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Two 5.3 earthquakes hit the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits east of North Island, New Zealand.

5.2 earthquake hits east of North Island, New Zealand.

5.2 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits eastern Turkey,

5.1 earthquake hits Puerto Rico.

5.1 earthquake hits east of North Island, New Zealand.

5.0 earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

5.0 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6,8 earthquake hits eastern Turkey.

At least 19 people have been killed and more than 600 have been injured in eastern Turkey after an earthquake rattled Elazig on Friday evening at 08:55 pm.

5.3 earthquake hits near the coast of Nicaragua.

5.3 earthquake hits the Xizang-Qinghai border, China.

5.1 earthquake hits the Cook Strait, New Zealand.

5,0 earthquake hits near the coast of Nicaragua.

5.0 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 02s (Belna), located approximately 550 nm northeast of Europa Island, is tracking south-southwestward at 10 knots.

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NewsBytes:

New Zealand – New Zealand has been hit by a weekend of severe storms, with landslides and flooding in the South Island cutting off towns and trapping an estimated 1,000 foreign tourists.

Uganda – Flooding in Uganda has now claimed at least 16 lives, the Red Cross says, as the region reels from weeks of rain. Rescuers have been recovering the bodies of victims swept to their deaths by the flash floods in the western Bundibugyo area. Homes have been washed away and a number of roads blocked or destroyed.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

More than 2,000 firefighters are battling bushfires, which escalated in intensity late on Thursday. Authorities confirmed three fires had merged into a “mega blaze” north of Sydney on Friday, covering more than 300,000 hectares. That blaze is about the size of greater Sydney, officials said.

Australia’s largest city has been blanketed by thick smoke all week, causing a rise in medical problems.

Since October, bushfires have killed six people and destroyed more than 700 homes across Australia. The severity of the blazes so early in the fire season has caused alarm, and prompted calls for greater action to tackle climate change.

Australia’s bushfires have turned New Zealand’s glaciers red

Now, the Australian bushfire effects are being felt as far as New Zealand, as new images show that ash and smoke particles have travelled across the Tasman Sea, covering New Zealand’s Southern Alps in a layer of pink and red dust.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

6.1 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.8 earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

5.7 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.2 earthquake hits the west Chile rise.

5.1 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits north of Ascension Island.

5.6 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.2 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand.

Global Warming

Climate Change Affecting New Zealand

Climate change, pollution and fishing are causing irreversible damage to New Zealand’s marine environment and putting many birds and mammals at risk of extinction, according to a new report from the nation’s Ministry for the Environment.

The report said New Zealand’s coastline, which stretches for about 15,000 kilometers, is also under increasing pressure from development and shipping. Agriculture, forestry and urbanization are increasing the amount of sediment, chemicals and plastics flowing into the oceans, and contaminating the coastline, it said.

The report said 90 percent of the country’s seabirds and about a quarter of its marine mammals are threatened with extinction, and that 16 percent of New Zealand’s fish stocks had been overfished.

The report also confirmed that New Zealand’s sea temperature had risen and was consistent with the global average. It also found sea levels were rising faster than before.

There was a warning, too, that New Zealand could expect more frequent marine heat waves, similar to those in 2017 and 2018, and ocean acidification.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.4 earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

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

5.1 earthquake hits Broken Ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits the eastern Sea of Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Volcano Islands off Japan.