Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits the Panama-Costa Rica border.

5.3 earthquake hits central Peru.

5.1 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits east of Severnaya Zemlya, Russia.

5.1 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Russia

Wildfires have scorched over 44,000 hectares in 18 Russian regions, the Federal Aerial Forest Protection Service (Avialesokhrana) said in a statement on Saturday, adding that 155 forest fires had been extinguished in the previous 24 hours.

As many as 17 forest fires have been registered in Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk region, while the number of wildfires active in the Kurgan, Irkutsk and Trans-Baikal region ranges from four to six. Firefighting activities involve 3,600 personnel and 835 pieces of equipment.

The fire season has begun in 77 Russian regions. A state of emergency has been declared in six regions, namely the Kurgan, Trans-Baikal, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk and Tuva regions, as well as in certain districts of the Chelyabinsk region

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Russia – Spring floods have currently ended in 33 Russian regions and continue in 27 regions. There are no flooded houses, the Russian Emergencies ministry reported on Monday. According to the Emergencies Ministry, 18 residential yards remain flooded in two communities, and 28 low-level bridges and four motorway sections were inundated in 11 regions. “The life of the population was not affected,” the Emergencies Ministry specified. Airmobile rescue crews were deployed to control the floods and carry out preventive measures in the Chelyabinsk and Vologda Regions, as well as in the rockslide area on the Bureya River in the Khabarovsk Region.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits Kodiak Island, Alaska.

Two 5.1 earthquakes hit the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits southern Alaska.

5.0 earthquake hits Carabobo, Venezuela.

5.0 earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.4 earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.9 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.8 earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.7 earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.7 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.6 earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.3 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.0 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical Cyclone (tc) 04s (Bouchra), located approximately 495 nm northwest of Cocos Island, Australia, is tracking southeastward at 04 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 07b (Gaja), located approximately 360 nm east of Chennai, India, is tracking westward at 10 knots.

NewsBytes:

Russia: Flood Report – Due to heavy rains and storms starting on 24 October 2018, a total of 2,545 houses of Krasnodar Krai (region) of Russia were flooded, affecting tens of thousands of people. With over 200,000 inhabitants living in the disaster-hit areas, the governor of Krasnodar Krai declared a state of emergency on 25 October. The local authorities started the response and relief operation immediately and 600 people were evacuated from the flooded houses.

Malaysia – Parts of Lawas district in northern-most Sarawak were hit by flash floods in the predawn hours of Tuesday. A trunk road – Jalan Trusan – and Kg Siang Siang were inundated by a metre of water following heavy rain and rising river waters. So far no evacuations had been ordered.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression (ts) 31w (Yutu), located approximately 155 southeast of Hong Kong, is tracking northwestward at 01 knot.

NewsBytes:

Russia – More than 590 people have been injured in floods in the Krasnodar Region, 28 of them still in hospital. Six people were killed in the disaster, and two are missing. About 30 communities were flooded in the Krasnodar Region following heavy rains on October 24-26. Transport communication was disrupted due to damaged highways and railroads, and more than 2,500 homes in which more than 6,500 people live were flooded. There were gas, water and electricity supply interruptions.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Subtropical Storm Oscar is located about 1120 mi…1800 km ese of Bermuda and about 1200 mi…1930 km ne of the northern Leeward islands with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 300 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon (ts) 31w (Yutu), located approximately 571 nm north-northwest ofYap, is tracking westward at 13 knots.

NewsBytes:

Russia – Update – Six people died in floods in southern Russia that also damaged regional infrastructure, including an oil pipeline, the authorities said on Friday (Sept 26), as emergency workers were struggling to provide food and water to the victims. Over 2,300 houses were flooded in the region. Flash floods frequently cause devastating damage in the area wedged between the Black Sea and the Caucasus mountain range as mountain rivers swell and destroy settlements below.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon (ts) 31w (Yutu), located approximately 391 nm west-northwest of Navsta, Guam, is tracking westward at 13 knots.

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Jordan – At least 18 people have been killed in flash floods near the Dead Sea in Jordan, most of them in a bus that was swept away. The bus was carrying 37 pupils and seven members of staff to the Zara Maeen hot springs area when it was washed away, officials said.

Turkey – Turkey’s state-run news agency says six migrants have drowned after being swept away by floodwaters as they tried to illegally cross into Turkey from Syria. Anadolu Agency said paramilitary police and rescuers recovered the bodies of six people Thursday near the border town of Yayladagi, in Hatay province, following severe flooding.

Russia – Floods have left two people dead and two others injured along with one missing in the Tuapse district of the Krasnodar Region, parts of which were hammered by severe storms.

Kenya – A nightlong downpour has flooded parts of Mombasa city, causing huge traffic snarl-ups. The heavy rains, which started on Wednesday night, have caused flooding and poor visibility. Motorists struggled to steer vehicles through flooded roads on Thursday morning. Some residents had to wade through flooded sections of the roads.

Island Vanishes

One of the most powerful Pacific hurricanes on record obliterated a remote Hawaiian island, causing an important turtle nesting site to disappear in early October.

Former Category-5 Hurricane Walaka was still packing Category-3 force just before it struck the remote French Frigate Shoals, about 400 miles northwest of the main Hawaiian Island of Kauai.

Storm surge wiped out East Island, which is a critical habitat for green sea turtles, monk seals and various types of sea birds.

University of Hawaii researchers who were studying the wildlife were forced to evacuate the island before Walaka struck.

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Wildfires

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.

Wildfires

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.

Environment

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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