Earthquakes

5.6 Earthquake hits the Black Sea, offshore Georgia.

5.2 Earthquake hits Atacama, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka, Russia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

Environment

Antarctic Ice Melt

West Antarctica is warming almost twice as fast as previously believed, adding to concerns that this warming can lead to more melting and have direct and indirect effects on global sea levels. The direct impacts are the run-off of melting waters into the sea. But the scientists say this is unlikely to happen for several decades because much of the water is likely to percolate down the ice sheet and refreeze.

Annual average temperatures at the Byrd research station in West Antarctica has risen 2.4 degrees Celsius (4.3F) since the 1958, one of the fastest gains on the planet and three times the global average in a changing climate. The western part of the Antarctic ice sheet is experiencing nearly twice as much warming as previously thought.

The unexpectedly big increase adds to fears the ice sheet is vulnerable to thawing. West Antarctica holds enough ice to raise world sea levels by at least 3.3 metres (11 feet) if it ever all melted, a process that would take centuries.

 

Byrd Station

Drought

USA Drought

Cargo Continues moving on the Mississippi River, but perhaps not for long¬†– The Midwestern drought has brought the river, one of the world’s largest navigable inland waterways, to water levels so low that they threaten to shut down shipping.

Nebraska – A Nebraska natural resources district may impose limits on irrigation in the wake of drought conditions and declining water levels. Kansas –

Dry conditions are causing significant drops in the water levels in Kansas lakes.

The drought in many respects is more severe than the droughts of the 1930s and 1950s.

Wildfires

Wildfire in Langtang National Park, Nepal

-A massive wildfire has broken out in Langtang National Park.

-Wildfire is burning in huge areas in Yarcha VDC ward 6 and 7.

-Nepali Police, Nepali Army personnel and Langtang national parks workers are currently struggling to control the blaze.

-For two days, there were rumours of a volcanic eruption at Langtang National Park.

Bushfires burning in the Illawarra region, New South Wales, Australia have locals on alert as firefighters work to contain blazes.

Storms and Floods

Flooding and landslides in Swansea and Pontypridd, Wales

-Several homes were evacuated after landslips due to flooding in a Swansea valley village and in Pontypridd.

-Flooding also disrupted train services between Cardiff Central and Bridgend, and Caersws and Machynlleth in Powys. -Lostwithiel in Cornwall and the area around Barnstaple in north Devon, England were also among the worst hit.

-People in Braunton, Umberleigh, Barnstaple and Bishops Tawton all suffered as Rivers Yeo and Caen burst their banks.

-There are currently seven flood warnings by the Environment Agency in Wales

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Tropical Cyclone Four is located 420 nm east-southeast of Cape Guardafui, Somalia. This Tropical cyclone is expected to threaten portions of Somalia with heavy rain early this week.