Earthquakes

5.6 and 5.0 Earthquakes hit the Kuril Islands, off Alaska.

5.5 Earthquake hits Guatemala.

5.4 and 4.9 Earthquakes hit south-east of Honshu, Japan near the Izu Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Fiji region.

Two 5.1 Earthquakes hit near the east coast of Kamchatka, Siberia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the mid-Indian Ocean ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

Environment

Venice, Italy sees its first ‘acqua alta’ of the season on October 15, 2012. The ‘acqua alta’ is a convergence of high tides and a strong sirocco. Tourists walk with plastic bags to protect their shoes on a flooded St Mark’s square. Venice is particularly vulnerable to rising ocean levels due to climate change.

 

Venice

 

September’s average temperature was 60.2 degrees Fahrenheit (15.6 degrees Celsius) worldwide, which is 1.2 degrees above normal. This year matched the hottest September on record which was 2005, with the heat most intense in South America, Japan, Russia, Canada and the Atlantic Ocean. It was the third time since 2000 that the world set or tied a heat record for September. In addition to 2012 and 2005, previous hot September records were set in 2003. These records go back to 1880.

Storms and Floods

Rafael strengthens into a hurricane, with a tropical storm warning issued for Bermuda. Rafael is expected to bring rain to Atlantic Canada by mid-week.

Hurricane Paul is strengthening in the Pacific off Mexico and a tropical storm watch has been issued for a portion of Baja California.

Tropical storm Maria was located about 45 nm north-west of Iwo To, Japan.

The first tornado in decades has hit Rogers, Arkansas, USA.

A small tornado hit Mayfield, Kentucky, on Sunday evening.

Flood conditions continued in Nigeria in early October 2012. The country’s National Emergency Management Agency reported that floods had killed 431 people and displaced 1.3 million more. Floods had also wiped out 152,575 hectares (377,020 acres) of farmland, and Nigerians could expect rapidly rising food prices as a result.

 Satellite View Before the Floods:

 

Before Nigeria Floods

 

Satellite View Of the Floods:

After Nigeria Floods