Transportation

At least 37 people have been killed in a ferry collision in Hong Kong. Two ferries collides off Lamma Island just outside Hong Kong. One of the ferries sank within ten minutes. The death toll is expected to rise as many passengers were trapped inside the boats.

Ferry

Weather

A large, powerful extra-tropical storm system swept over Alaska, USA last week. The satellite picture was taken on 26 September.

 

Alaska Storm

Earthquakes

6.2 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan – the site of the 9.0 Great Earthquake and Tsunami.

5.3 and 5.2 Aftershocks hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.5 Earthquake hits offshore Jalisco, mexico.

5.3 and 5.1 Earthquakes hit Tonga.

5.1 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

Environment

A study released on Sunday suggests that fish are likely to get smaller on average by 2050 because global warming will cut the amount of oxygen in the oceans in a shift that may also mean dwindling catches.

Average maximum body weights for 600 types of marine fish, such as cod, plaice, halibut and flounder, would contract by 14-24 percent by 2050 in circumstances of the rapid rise in greenhouse gas emissions due to the burning of fossil fuels.

Life will become harder for fish in the oceans largely because warmer water can hold less dissolved oxygen, vital for respiration and growth.

Average maximum sizes of fish in the Indian Ocean were likely to shrink most, by 24 percent, followed by a decline of 20 percent in the Atlantic and 14 percent in the Pacific. The Indian Ocean has most tropical waters of the three.

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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half its coral cover in the past 27 years.

Researchers analysed data on the condition of 217 individual reefs that make up the World Heritage Site.

The results show that coral cover declined from 28.0% to 13.8% between 1985 and 2012.

They attribute the decline to storms, a coral-feeding starfish and bleaching linked to climate change.

Storms and Floods

Typhoon Jelawet moves towards Taiwan after ravaging Japan.

Tropical Storm Maliksi forms in the western Pacific near the Marianas Islands and moves towards Japan.

Tropical storm Gaemi forms in the western Pacific near the Philippines and is expected to hit the central coast of Vietnam Wednesday before moving on to Thailand.

Several people have been killed and thousands displaced after heavy rains in Beletweyne in central Somalia’s Hiiraan Region caused the Shabelle River to burst its banks.

Nigerian floods

More than 76,000 victims of the devastating floods in Nigeria that hit about 200 communities in five local government areas of Anambra State are being evacuated by the military from their homes to relief camps in Onitsha and Nteje.