Earthquakes

5.7 Earthquake hits the Fiji Islands region.

5.4 and 4.8 Earthquakes hit Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.3 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Batu in Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the northern Molucca Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the central Mediterranean Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the New Britain region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Philippine Islands.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

Environment

As previously reported, the melting of ice in the Arctic has set a new record. On Sunday, according to the National Snow and Ice Center, sea ice covered just 24 percent of the surface of the Arctic Ocean, or 1.32 million square miles. That shattered the previous low set in 2007, when sea ice covered just 29 percent of the ocean.

Arctic ice

Predictions of future ice melts vary wildly — some scientists say the summer ice could be gone within four years, while other scientists support climate models which don’t expect ice-free summers in the Arctic for another 30 or 40 years. Some models indicate that 2015 may be an extreme.

These predictions aren’t just of interest to scientists. A wide variety of nations and companies are now swooping in to exploit the Arctic’s oil, gas and minerals.

But there remain plenty of mysteries about how the ice will melt — and when, exactly, we’ll see ice-free summers. What does seem indisputable is that the present trend towards global warming will continue.

The warmest Atlantic waters on record off New England are driving Cod and other fish to cooler waters.

Soot from oil production and shipping across the Arctic threatens to cause even more rapid sea ice melt.

Previous prediction model:

Previous Predictions

 

New prediction model:

New predicions

 

 

Volcanos

Lokbatan mud volcano in Azerbaijan erupted Thursday morning. The flow of mud has since weakened and no flame was observed. Last time the volcano erupted was in 2010.

Disease

At least five people in the Balkans have died from West Nile virus and several dozen others have been taken to hospital in the past four weeks, according to health authorities in Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Croatia.

Wildfires

Firefighters rushed to protect more than 600 at-risk homes Thursday as a pair of massive wildfires threatened to merge southwest of Wenatchee., Washington, USA. The Table Mountain Complex and Wenatchee Complex fires have burned across some 70,000 acres.

Several relatively small wildfires continue to cause problems in the Dakotas, USA.

While a number of wildfires have been mostly contained by teams of firefighters, the military and volunteers, fires continue to blaze across Serbia and the Western Balkans, in what has been an exceptionally dry year punctuated by extreme heat waves.

Bushfires have destroyed 33 500 hectares of Namibia’s vegetation countrywide, since the start of the southern winter.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Jelawat forms in the Western Pacific, and is located approximately 575 nm east of Manila, Philippines.

Fierce gales and torrential rain are expected to lash Britain at the start of next week as the tail end of tropical storm Nadine arrives with a bang.