Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.5 earthquake hits north of Halamhera, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.3 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits southwestern Sakha, Russia.

5.1 earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

5.1 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.2 earthquake hits east of Severnaya Zemlya, Russia.

5.1 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.1 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression Nineteen-E is located about 105 mi…170 km s of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…n or 355 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean : Typhoon 21w (Neoguri), located approximately 142 nm south-southeast of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 14 knots.

Typhoon Bualoi (22w), located approximately 334 nm east-southeast of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking northwestward at 11 knots.

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Russia – At least 15 people have died and 13 others have been missing after a dam collapse at a gold mine in Siberia. The dam, on the Seiba river in the region of Krasnoyarsk, burst after heavy rain on Saturday.

Niger – Floods in southeast Niger have forced 23,000 people to flee their homes since early October, officials said Saturday, threatening a new humanitarian crisis in a region already wracked by Boko Haram Islamist violence. Heavy rains have caused the Komadougou Yobe river that flows through the semi-desert Diffa region into Lake Chad to burst its banks, inundating villages, flooding fields and damaging crops. Two villages near the city of Diffa were “completely submerged” and 2,500 households have been forced to move.

UK – Drivers in the north east have been warned to take care after severe flooding left vehicles submerged and roads closed off. Emergency services were called out to incidents across Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen overnight with firefighters pumping water away from homes.

Florida, USA – The streets in St Marks, Florida were flooded by Tropical Storm Nestor on Saturday as the storm moved across the panhandle.


Russia puts out all wildfires

Russia has extinguished all wildfires in the country, which hit a total area of 10.337 million hectares, the Russian Aerial Forest Protection Service said Monday.

Wildfires – Amazon

Wildfires are still raging in the Amazon rainforest.

Twelve million hectares have burnt so far, three times more than last year. This means an area nearly the size of Greece.

Brazil paid the hardest price, but the flames are ravaging also some other of the nine countries the Amazon spans to. In Bolivia, 5,000 people are fighting the blaze, but it is still out of control.

It has been dubbed as the worst fires in living memory. Since January, 5 million hectares of forest and savanna were lost in Bolivia, two million just in the past two months. The flames are threatening 1,200 species. As a result, Amazon’s indigenous communities say this is an ‘environmental genocide’.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Dorian is located about 260 mi…420 km ene of the southeastern Bahamas and about 530 mi…850 km e of the northwestern Bahamas with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…nw or 320 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.


Russia – Over a dozen cities and districts on Russia’s Pacific coast have declared a state of emergency over torrential rains that have caused severe floods this week. Footage showed flooded roads and homes, as well as dangerous mudslides, in the major Far Eastern city of Vladivostok. Weather forecasters say a month’s worth of rainfall has descended on the city in two days, with more precipitation expected in the coming days.

Global Warming

Global Warming, Drought Drying Up Siberian Rivers, Cutting Off Far North

Global warming combined with the most serious drought in more than 30 years has led both to massive forest fires throughout Russia east of the Urals and to an abnormal drop in the water levels of major rivers, putting a halt to most river traffic and thus leaving many in the far north without the supplies they will need for the coming winter.

The hardest hit of the rivers is the Lena, 77 percent of whose route crosses through the rapidly melting permafrost; and the hardest hit of the regions are the northernmost portions of the Sakha Republic, many of which are beyond any rail or highway and depend on the river.

In Yakutsk, the republic capital, the water level of the Lena has fallen two and a half meters, leaving many vessels stranded in the mud and killing off the fish on which residents depend. As a result, Russian experts say, villages and towns will have to be supplied by air or be put at risk of depopulation.

If the river fleet dies, it is likely that almost all of those who moved into the region in Soviet and post-Soviet times will leave and the remaining population of indigenous peoples will be forced to return to a life of subsistence. If that occurs, a large part of what is shown as Russia on the map won’t be Russian at all.


Wildfires – Africa

There are now approximately five times as many wildfires burning in Africa than in the Amazon, according to images captured by NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) technology last week.

The affected countries include the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Cameroon and Angola in the heart of Central Africa. The individual blazes are confined primarily to the Savanna, drawing concern because of their close proximity to forests in the Congo Basin, an area made especially vulnerable by deforestation caused by industrial activity in the region.

The Savanna wildfires pose a threat to the world’s second-largest tropical forest, which spans 500 million acres and provides a home to more than 2,000 species of animals and roughly 10,000 species of plants. The MODIS images documented more than 6,902 fires in Angola and 3,395 fires in the DRC, while picking up on just over 2,000 in Brazil.

Wildfires – Russia

Wildfires have engulfed 43,300 hectares in Russia’s Siberia with more than 90 fires still active in the region, according to the Russian Aerial Forest Protection Service.

“As of 12am Moscow time on 27 August 2019, 91 wildfires were registered on the territory of 43,335 hectares in Russia, with active firefighting efforts underway,” the press service told TASS.

Most wildfires are raging in Krasnoyarsk, Kamchatka, Chukotka regions. Forest fires are also being reported in Irkutsk, Amur, Magadan, Yakutia and Zabaikalye regions.

The firefighters have extinguished nearly 36 wildfires in the past 24 hours.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Flossie is located about 1150 mi…1850 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California and about 2075 mi…3335 km e of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…80 mph…130 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Erick is located about 695 mi…1115 km ese of Hilo Hawaii and about 905 mi…1460 km ese of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…125 mph…205 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Wipha is located approximately 207 nm south-southwest of Hong Kong, is tracking northwestward at 10 knots.

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Pakistan – Heavy monsoon rains have lashed Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi, triggering floods and killing six people. Authorities closed schools. Heavy rainfall has been affecting north-eastern Pakistan – particularly the Azad, Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Territory (AJK) – over the past few days, triggering flash floods and landslides. Media report 28 fatalities and five injured in Leswa Town (Neelum District, northern AJK). More than 100 houses have been damaged and a mosque swept away by floodwaters.

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Russia – Over 470 residential houses in 20 settlements in the Irkutsk region have been affected by floods that started on July 27 after heavy rains in the area, the press service of the Russian Emergencies Ministry said on Tuesday. Part of the “Siberia” federal highway was temporarily closed due to the floods.


So Much of the Arctic Is on Fire, You Can See It From Space

Wildfires burning large swaths of Russia are generating so much smoke, they’re visible from space, new images from NASA’s Earth Observatory reveal.

Since June, more than 100 wildfires have raged across the Arctic, which is especially dry and hot this summer. In Russia alone, wildfires are burning in 11 of the country’s 49 regions, meaning that even in fire-free areas, people are choking on smoke that is blowing across the country.

Wildfires are also burning in Greenland and parts of Alaska, following what was the hottest June in recorded history. It’s common for fires to burn during the Arctic’s summer months, but the number and extent this year are unusual and unprecedented.

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