Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Myanmar-India border.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrava region, Russia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.6 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.5 Earthquake hits Cuba.

5.5 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.0 Earthquake hits off the coast of Central America.

The earthquake was felt across the region, including Managua, the capital of Nicaragua; San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador; and San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said El Salvador and Nicaragua could experience related tsunami waves of 1-3 feet. No reports of injuries or damage were reported.

5.5 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.5 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka, Russia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the west coast of South Island, New Zealand.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits the Bonin Islands off Japan.

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

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

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

5.1 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits Buryatiya, Russia.

Nature – Images

Interesting Images

A river in Russia has turned bright red. The Siberian Times reported on Sept. 7 that the Daldykan River near the city of Norilsk had turned the colour of blood, with locals pointing fingers at the nearby Nadezhda Metallurgical Plant, owned by the company Norilsk Nickel. In fact, a broken pipeline at the plant may be the culprit, according to a statement from the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources. The company, however, has denied any accidental discharge of pollutants.

Norilsk is no stranger to struggles with pollution. In 2007, the city appeared on the top 10 list of worst-polluted places on Earth, in a report released by the environmental group the Blacksmith Institute. The city also consistently ranks as the most-polluted city in Russia, according to government statistics.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrava region, Russia.

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

5.8 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

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

5.3 Earthquake hits Potosi, Bolivia.

5.1 Earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

5.1 Earthquake hits the northern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic:

Invest 98L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Eastern Pacific:

Invest 95E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

Invest 96E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical Storm 09w (Chanthu), located approximately 145 nm southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, and is tracking north-northwestward at 19 knots.

In the Central Pacific:

Invest 91C is an area of disturbed weather in the Central Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

Newsbytes:

Russia – Heavy rain in Moscow has caused the Yauza River to burst its banks and flooded streets, trapping people in cars and buses.The weather service said that by early evening 92 millimetres (3.7 inches) of rain had fallen in Moscow, which is well over the monthly average for August.

Myanmar – Floods caused by monsoon rains have killed at least eight people and disrupted the lives of 400,000 across Myanmar, the government said, a year since the worst floods in decades left thousands homeless and inundated vast tracts of farmland. Weeks of torrential rains have flooded more than 400,000 acres of paddy fields, exacerbating last year’s damage, a senior Agriculture Ministry official said on Monday.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits Sakhalin, Russia.

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

5.5 Earthquake hits the Rat islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits southern Peru.

5.4 Earthquake hits Panay in the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tajikistan.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Flores Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrava region, Russia.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Catalonia, Spain

The heat wave which is lashing Catalonia this week has forced the Catalan Government to set the alert level for forest fires at its maximum. In particular 30 regions have been warned of high risk of wildfires and 17 municipalities have totally restricted those activities which may increase this risk. The worst episode so far was on Tueday, since 86 wild fires hit different regions of Catalonia simultaneously. However, the most important one occurred this Tuesday in Vallbona de les Monges, a small village 40 kilometres west from the city of Lleida. In less than 5 hours, the fire burned nearly 900 hectares, most of them cereal crops. The firefighters sent 55 land resources and 3 aerial’s, which achieved to stabilise the fire by Wednesday morning. However, they continue to water the perimeter to prevent the fire from reviving.

Wildfires – Russia

A huge wildfire, raging in Russia’s far eastern Yakutia region for the past three weeks, has been extinguished, a forest official said on Wednesday.

The wildfire, covering an area of more than 3,000 hectares of woods, was raging in the Lena Pillars Nature Park, a world natural heritage site, since June 28.

Yakutia has so far this year witnessed 109 wildfires, destroying 8,000 hectares of woods.

The area of wildfires in Russia has decreased by seven percent over the weekend, from 15,400 to around 14,400 hectares

Wildfires

Russia significantly under-reporting wildfires

Forest wildfires rampaging across Russia are being significantly under-reported by authorities, according to analysis of satellite data.

Climate change is making wildfires much more likely in Russia, but regional officials have been reluctant to report the true extent of the problem, and campaigners are warning that the harm to forests, property and human lives could rise.

While the recent forest fires around Fort McMurray, Canada, destroyed more than 580,000 hectares, those in Russia have burned up to 3.5m hectares since the start of 2016, according to Greenpeace Russia. It said at least 1m hectares were in flames at the end of May in the country, which is home to the largest forests in the world.

But local Russian agencies are reporting only 669 000 hectares burned this year.

Wildfires

Wildfires in Russia

According to analysis of recent satellite data, forest fires in eastern Russia currently cover more than 3.5 million hectares of forested land. An area larger than Belgium! And the fire season in Russia isn’t over yet.

This year’s forest fires are close to becoming one of the most devastating in recent Russian history. Usually around 5 to 6 million hectares of forest burn in a year. Russian meteorologists say that this summer in Russia will be warm and dry – weather fire fighters hate.

Russia is warming faster than the rest of the planet. According to a new report by Russia’s climate and environment agency, between 1976 and 2012 average temperatures in Russia rose 0.43°C (0.8°F) a decade – more than twice the global average of 0.17°C.

Extremely dry weather in Siberia is one of the impacts of climate change according to natural reserve rangers in Zapovednoye Podlemorye on lake Baikal. Wildfires release massive amounts of carbon which causes climate change which makes the fires worse. It’s a terrible cycle.

As a result, we face forest fires in one of the largest forested region in the world – the Russian Boreal forest. It’s also one of the most ‘biologically outstanding’ places in the world, home to a range of species – from wolves and brown bears to golden eagles and siberian accentors. These species suffered when a forest fire almost entirely engulfed the natural reserve in Baikal three days ago.

Wildfires – India

Forest fires this year destroyed or affected 11,774 hectares, including 6,856 hectares natural forest and 1,715 hectare plantations in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

Forests continue to be plundered by forest mafia and fire mongers who torch forests, mainly in the chir pine belt of Nahan, Solan, Mandi, Hamirpur, Shimla Dharamsala, for extracting resin as they believe trees yield more resin when on fire.

In the higher deodar and kail pine belt, fire mongers torch forests in the belief that the forest and ‘ghasnis yield more grass and fodder for the livestock. Even the forest mafia torch forests to destroy evidence of the stumps of the trees felled illicitly.

Wildfires in Israel/West Bank

Seven firefighting crews are working to put out a large wildfire burning in the Karnei Shomron area. The fire broke out on “Moshe Zar Hill” which is located between the settlements of Karnei Shomron and Ramat Gilad in the West Bank.