Earthquakes

6.1 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka, Siberia – subsequently downgraded to 5.6 magnitude.

5.3 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 Aftershock hit near the east coast of Kamchatka, Siberia.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands, off Alaska.

Wildlife

Today, the United Nations unveiled a report detailing the world’s 25 most endangered primates — mankind’s most biologically similar living relatives.

 

25 most endangered

Environment

University of Hawaii scientists say a disease outbreak amongst the island’s coral at Hanalei Bay on Kauai’s north shore is killing the coral at an alarming rate. Attempts are being made to stop the spread of the disease by covering the coral with marine putty, to cut the disease off from healthy coral. The underlying causes include overfishing, pollution and sewage spills. Coral is the foundation for the ocean ecosystem, and without it the ecosystem will fail.

Volcanos

El Hierro volcano off the Canary Islands has experienced a new swarm of small quakes (10 so far) which started this morning under the centre of the island. The earthquakes are located at about 10 km depth.

Storms and Floods

The outer bands of Tropical Storm Rafael have drenched the Caribbean’s Northern Leeward Islands, as its centre steadily moves over open ocean on a possible track toward Bermuda. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Culebra, Vieques, U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Antigua and Montserrat, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maartin, St. Martin, Guadeloupe and Desirade les Saintes.

Cyclone Cleopatra to bring heavy storms over northern Italy – ‘Cleopatra’, a Mediterranean cyclone, will usher autumn into Italy.

An unusually cold storm in southern Australia has dished out the first October snow in a century.