Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.6 Earthquake hits Atacama, Chile.

5.3 Earthquake hits Potosi, Bolivia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Mariana Islands region.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Mid-Indian ridge.

Magnitude 5- aftershocks continue to hit southern Iran: 3.5, 4.4, 3.9, 4.0, 4.2, 3.8, 3.6, 4.2, 4.1, 4.0, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.6, 3.8, 4.4, 4.1, 3.7, 4.5, 3.5, 4.5, 3.5, 4.2, 3.7, 4.6, 4.4, 3.7, 3.6, 3.6, 4.1, 4.5, 4.5, 4.3.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Cyclone Mahasen is gathering strength over the Indian Ocean’s Bay of Bengal, and is a potential major threat to Bangladesh and Myanmar. The storm is forecast to intensify as a severe cyclonic storm and even further as a very severe cyclonic storm by Monday. It would continue to advance closer to Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coast until it gets stopped mid-sea by a western disturbance moving across North-west and East India. Mahasen would be forced to re-curve, turning almost 90 degrees to east-northeast and head towards the Bangladesh-Myanmar coast.

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Hailstorm in Vojvodina, Serbia

Recent hailstorm in Serbia’s northern province of Vojvodina caused huge damaged to crops and knocked downed trees in Kulpin area. No injuries have been reported.

Floods in Khost, Afghanistan

Recent floods in southeast Khost province in Afghanistan have claimed the lives of two people. The floods have also damaged thousands of acres of farmland in the Gurbaz, Tanai, Ismailkhel and Zazai Maidan districts of Afghanistan.

Other News:

A hailstorm in the Sheikhpura district of India has claimed the lives of at least three people and injured more than 100 others. The hailstorm hit a religious function at the village Pinjuri. Over 1000 people had gathered to celebrate the religious festival.

A heavy hailstorm in Nepal’s central regions of Nuwakot and Rasuwa have caused huge damage to agricultural crops and property, The storm blew away roofs of schools and offices in Narjamandap, Nuwakot. The storm also knocked down several power lines in the area.

A sudden flood triggered by melting snow has led to the collapse of a river embankment in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Global Warming

‘Dramatic decline’ Warning for Plants and Animals

More than half of common plant species and a third of animals could see a serious decline in their habitat range because of climate change.

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New research suggests that biodiversity around the globe will be significantly impacted if temperatures rise more than 2C.

But the scientists say that the losses can be reduced if rapid action is taken to curb greenhouse gases.

The paper is published in the journal, Nature Climate Change.

An international team of researchers looked at the impacts of rising temperatures on nearly 50,000 common species of plants and animals.

They looked at both temperature and rainfall records for the habitats that these species now live in and mapped the areas that would remain suitable for them under a number of different climate change scenarios.

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The scientists projected that if no significant efforts were made to limit greenhouse gas emissions, 2100 global temperatures would be 4C above pre-industrial levels.

In this model, some 34% of animal species and 57% of plants would lose more than half of their current habitat ranges.

However the researchers say that if global emissions of greenhouse gases are cut rapidly then the impact on biodiversity could be significantly curbed. If global emissions reach their peak in 2016 and temperature rises are held to 2C, then losses could be cut by 60%.

The good news is that our research provides new evidence of how swift action to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gases can prevent the biodiversity loss by reducing the amount of global warming to 2C rather than 4 degrees.

“his would also buy time – up to four decades – for plants and animals to adapt to the remaining 2 degrees of climate change.

Wildfires

Wildfires in Canada

Firefighters are warning the public to be mindful of their surroundings as three wildfires continue to burn in the B.C. Interior today. One fire, near the town of Ashcroft west of Kamloops, has been burning for more than a week.

Another fire burning two kilometres outside Nordegg, west of Rocky Mountain House in Alberta remains out of control. Residents in the small community were placed on a one-hour evacuation notice due to an out-of-control wildfire there on Thursday.

A wildfire advisory has been issued for central and southern Alberta. This advisory zone extends to just north of Edmonton.

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Disease

Wild Poliovirus in Somalia

An investigation has been launched into a preliminary report of the detection of a wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in the Banadir region of Somalia. This is the first WPV to be reported from Somalia since 25 March 2007. The virus was isolated from specimens collected on 21 April 2013 from a 32-month-old girl, who became ill due to acute flaccid paralysis on 18 April 2013, and from specimens collected from 3 of her close contacts.

WHO Press Statement Related to the Novel Coronavirus Situation

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in France has informed WHO of an additional laboratory-confirmed case with infection of the novel coronavirus (NCoV).

The emergence of this new coronavirus is globally recognized as an important and major challenge for all of the countries which have been affected as well as the rest of the world.

The greatest global concern, however, is about the potential for this new virus to spread. This is partly because the virus has already caused severe disease in multiple countries, although in small numbers, and has persisted in the region since 2012. Of most concern, however, is the fact that the different clusters seen in multiple countries increasingly support the hypothesis that when there is close contact this novel coronavirus can transmit from person-to-person.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): The activity continued to increase over the past days and CENAPRED raised the alert level to Yellow Phase 3 this morning. The volcano has been producing frequent sequences of continuous steam and ash emissions as well as discrete vulcanian-type explosions that throw glowing bombs to several hundred meters distance from the crater and create ash plumes up to about 2 km high. A phase of strong volcanic tremor occurred today and a large SO2 plume visible on NOAA satellite data accompanies increase lava output rate.

Tungurahua (Ecuador): Seismic and surface activity remain moderate with ash emissions and intermittent strong strombolian to vulcanian explosions which sometimes are accompanied by ground vibration and strong shock waves that rattle windows and doors in nearby areas. An explosion on Friday produced and ash plume rising up to 30,000 ft (9 km) elevation. Ash falls have been occurring in areas of Santa Fe de Galán, Mocha, Sabañag, Tisaleo and Quero.

Sabancaya (Peru): Possible eruptions have started at the volcano. Pilots reported several volcanic ash plumes from the volcano in the past days although VAAC Buenos Aires could not identify ash on satellite imagery.

Copahue (Chile/Argentina): SERNAGEOMIN has recently raised the alert back to yellow after new small explosions occurred at the volcano and incandescence was observed at the summit crater. A small but persistent steam-and-ash plume has been rising about 350 m from the volcano. Interestingly, little change in the seismic activity has been noticed with the incandescence and explosions, so it is not clear whether this new activity is caused by fresh magma rising towards the surface.