Wildfires – Russia

Russia this year has suffered the most Arctic wildfires since satellite monitoring started as climate change creates the conditions necessary for blazes to start and then take hold.

Monitoring by two Nasa satellites recorded 10,057 hotspots in Russia’s Arctic territory by the start of August, 10 times more than were found in the same period a decade ago. That number is the highest since the satellites recorded their first full year of images in 2003.

Wildfires – Greece

Greek fire crews have evacuated two villages on an island near Athens as a fire continues to rage through a pine forest, fanned by strong winds. The blaze took hold in a dry pine forest in the Dirfyon municipal region at 3.20pm (local time) Sunday and is heading towards the evacuated villages, close to Athens. The fires prompted the mass evacuation of Kontodespoti and Stavros village in central Evia, about 70 km (44 miles) from Athens, which was described as a precaution.

Wildfires – Washington, USA

Lightning strikes this weekend sparked dozens of Washington state wildfires. Strong winds spread new and existing ones, even as the cooler, wetter weather provided temporary aid to fire crews in some areas.

There are two dozen large fires in Washington and Oregon involving 256,451 acres, the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NWCC) said Sunday morning. More than 8,580 people, including firefighters and support personnel, are assigned to fight the blazes.

Washington recorded more than 180 lightning strikes over the 24 hours that ended at 8 a.m. Sunday, as thunderstorms rolled across the Northwest. Strong winds fanned flames across an already dry landscape.



Russia spikes clouds to drench raging wildfires

Russia is using Soviet-era technology to make chemically induced rain clouds in desperate bid to stop raging wildfires.

Black smoke has already travelled 5,000 miles, hitting Canada and parts of the US, as the out-of-control fires spreading.

Originally invented to bring sunshine to the Red Square for communist military parades, the high-tech plan sess clouds spiked with a chemical cocktail causing precipitation to drench out-of-control flames affecting Yakutia – the world’s coldest region.

Brown bears are fleeing the burning Siberian taiga and venturing close to towns and villages where they are being shot as a danger to people.

Greenpeace say territories equal to the size of Scotland and Northern Ireland combined has been destroyed in Russian wildfires in recent weeks – including swathes of irreplaceable ancient boreal forest.

Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

As much of B.C. blisters under a heat wave, 11 new fires have sprung up across the province since Friday. Crews also continue to battle the 500-hectare East Shuswap Road wildfire east of Kamloops, which remains classified as “out of control.”

According to the B.C. Wildfire Service, there were 61 fires burning across the province on Saturday, about half of them lightning-caused and at least 18 of them human-caused.


Russia’s Floating Nuclear Power Plant

Russia’s got a floating nuclear plant on a barge, and it’s heading for the Bering Strait — just a short hop from Alaska.

The “Akademik Lomonosov,” according to a statement from Russian nuclear energy company Rosatom, docked in the Russian port of Murmansk on Saturday (May 19). There it will receive its supply of nuclear fuel. Tugboats will eventually haul the nuclear plant to the town of Pevek in the Russian Far East — just 53 miles (86 kilometers), as Reuters noted, from the western edge of Alaska, across the Bering Strait.

The St. Petersburg-built power plant will replace a coal plant and an older, landlocked nuclear plant. It will serve a population of about 50,000 people.

Rosatom pitches the Lomonosov as the first in a series of floating plants that will serve remote Russian communities and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:


In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 17p (Iris), located approximately 444 nm north of Brisbane, Australia, is tracking southeastward at 09 knots.


Russia – More than 800 homes have been flooded in 11 Russian regions. More than 800 dwelling houses in which over 2,200 people live, as well as 3,000 residential properties remain flooded in the Tuva, Khakassia, Altai, Irkutsk, Saratov, Volgograd, Rostov, Voronezh, Lipetsk and Ryazan Regions according to local sources. Ten low-water bridges and five roads were also inundated. More than 400 people have been relocated due to security concerns, including 119 children, 61 of them staying in temporary accommodation shelters.

Namibia – Following heavy rainfall in southern Angola, the seasonal floods, known as ‘efundja’ arrived in northern Namibia. Although efundja results in devastating flooding that causes damage to road infrastructure, property, the displacement of people from their homes and at times loss of income to businesses, efundja also usually brings plenty of fish and water to the usually dry part of the country. It also improves grazing for livestock as many farmers in the north struggle to feed their animals when it has not properly rained.

Mississippi, USA – Flood Control Engineering Likely Has Worsened Floods. Flood control work in the Mississippi River and its tributaries has likely made floods worse in Mississippi and Louisiana, researchers say. Using 500 years of data from tree rings and from sediment in oxbow lakes — bends that once were part of the Mississippi River but became lakes when the river changed its path slightly — they say the river has flooded more often and poured more water into those states over the past 150 years than any previous period. Climate change may be responsible for about one-quarter of the difference, they estimate. Engineering, such as building levees and creating a straighter, narrow channel for navigation, is likely responsible for the rest.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.3 earthquake hits Oaxaca, Mexico.

A powerful earthquake that rattled south and central Mexico caused little apparent destruction but rekindled fears in a population that still sees daily reminders of deadly earthquakes five months ago which killed more than 300 people.

5.8 earthquake hits Oaxaca, Mexico.

5.1 earthquake hit North of Severnaya Zemlya, Russia.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Africa.

5.0 earthquake hits Oaxaca, Mexico.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits south of Panama.

5.1 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.1 earthquake hits La Rioja, Argentina.

5.1 earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

Global Warming

Russia says it halted global warming for one year

Russia has reduced the quantity of emitted greenhouse gases by almost 50% since 1990, which has slowed down the global warming for one year, CEO of the Center for Energy Efficiency Igor Bashmakov said on Friday at the Climate Forum of the Russian Cities.

“We have considerably reduced the volume of emissions, almost by one half, and then held on to this level,” Bashmakov said. “If we in Russia preserved the level of the 1990 emissions, we would have emitted by 41 bln tonnes of equivalent more by this time, which is close to what all global sources emit. That is, Russia has actually suspended the global warming for a whole year on its own, and it has a considerable result.”

In October 2004, Russia undertook the obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol. Russia also signed the Paris climate accord in 2016.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits the North Atlantic Ocean.

5.7 Earthquake hits Buru, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands off japan.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.0 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

Over 500 earthquakes in Reykjanes swarm

The swarm of earthquakes that originate in Fagradalsfjall mountain on the Reykjanes peninsula are now on the decrease. A few earthquakes occurred yesterday morning but they’re diminishing.

According to the Iceland Met Office, over 500 earthquakes have been measured in the swarm which began Wednesday morning at 7 am. Three earthquakes were clearly felt in Reykjavik, especially the one at 13:55 which measured 4.1.

Geophysicist Páll Einarsson said speaking to today’s Morgunblaðið that the earthquakes are at the point where the tectonic plates meet. He said that although earthquakes in Reykjanes are common, the swarm yesterday was one of the biggest that they’ve measured in a few years.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 Earthquake hits near the coast of western Turkey.

A powerful earthquake Monday afternoon killed a woman and damaged buildings on the Greek island of Lesbos. The earthquake, magnitude 6.4, was centered south of Lesbos in the Mediterranean Sea, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Shaking was also detected in nearby Turkey and on the Greek mainland. “Most of the houses in the village of Vrissa … have been badly damaged by the earthquake,” Lesbos Mayor Spyros Galinos wrote. He told local media that it looked like the village had been “flattened by bombs.”

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5.2 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Koryakia, Russia.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits central Peru.

5.3 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Krygyzstan.

5.1 Earthquake hits Tajikistan.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of southern Peru.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Caucasus, Russia.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern Sichuan, China.