Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.3 Earthquake hits Honduras.

5.2 Earthquake hits eastern Sichuan, China.

Update: China earthquake toll rises to 164, injuries at 6,700.

5.2 Earthquake hits eastern Sichuan, China.

5.0 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern Sichuan, China.

Storms and Floods

Tropical storm wreaks havoc over Dominica

A violent storm moving across the Caribbean island of Dominica on Friday has resulted in casualties as mudslides have destroyed roads and rivers have run amok. The severe rainfall has caused landslides in the localities of Bagatelle, Petite Savanne, Delices, Portsmouth and Capuchin. The storm and heavy rainfall are a result of a low pressure trough system moving across the region.

Other News:

Floods force evacuations in New Zealand. The wet weather has already caused flooding in parts of the Bay of Plenty. Dozens of people were evacuated from Waihi Beach yesterday after flooding in the area.

Sweden’s weather agency has warned that the floods that caused severe disruptions in and around Uppsala on Friday will intensify, and weather warnings were issued for the north and south of the country as well.

The US National Weather Service in Binghamton, New York has confirmed that a tornado touched down near Bainbridge in Chenango county of south-central New York on Friday evening.


China Bird Flu – Update

Another bird flu death in China as number of infected grows to 95.

One of the odd mysteries posed by the H7N9 influenza virus emerging in China is why most of the patients are on the older side; a fact that stands in sharp contrast to the pattern seen with the other deadly crossover avian virus, H5N1.


Drought in Australia

The dreaded spectre of drought is sweeping across South Australia once more – plunging the farming community into despair as pasture feed for livestock dries up and supplementary feeding costs soar. The big dry is affecting the whole farming community.