Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.4 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

Storms and Floods

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Floods and landslides in Kailali and Dolakha districts in Nepal have displaced more than 2,000 families and completely destroyed at least 50 houses. Almost 90 percent of Dhangadhi is waterlogged, closing schools, shops and transport services.

A tornado in Pompano Beach, Florida, USA has injured at least three people.

Heavy storms have hit southeast Michigan, USA with winds of 60 m.p.h. Around 105,000 people have lost power. A hailstorm also hit Brownstown Township.

A tropical wave passing over Puerto Rico has caused heavy flooding in Puerto Rico

A landslide in Turkey has claimed the lives of five people and injured 12 others.

Landslide buried six houses in Turkey near the town of Dortyol in the border province of Hatay.

Lightning strike in France has claimed the life of one person and injured one other near Saint Tropez on the Riviera.

Storms in Ontario and Quebec regions in central Canada have claimed the life of a woman and injured two others.

Environment

Pollution Shortens Life-Expectancy – China

Chinese living in heavily polluted northern areas of the country have their lives cut by an average of 5.5 years by airborne toxins compared to those living in the relatively cleaner south of the country.

A report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says that the widespread use of coal in the north is the main cause of the shorter life spans.

Using official data from Chinese sources, an American, an Israeli and two Chinese scholars found that decades of burning coal have led to more deaths from cardio-respiratory diseases for people living north of the Huai River, which is considered the dividing line between northern and southern China.

The use of coal in central heating systems in colder northern climes is the main reason for the high emissions.

Coal has also been used to feed the explosive growth of heavy industry there.

In the aftermath of China’s Maoist revolution, the government began giving free coal for boilers so people could keep warm during the north’s cold winters. That policy is still in place.

Wildfires

More Bushfires on Fiji

Fifteen more bushfires were recorded over the past five days in the Western Division on Fiji, bringing the total over the past six months to 135. Many of the bushfires were intentionally set and have led to the destruction of sugarcane farms in the Western Division and in other parts of the country.

Wildfires USA

Two large wildfires sparked in the Boise National Forest this week. Idaho State officials say both are burning at high elevation and pose considerable risk to firefighters.

The wildfires in southern California 100 miles from Los Angeles have grown to more than 25 000 acres and are still far from containment.

Wildfires in Britain

Devastating wildfires have ripped through parts of the country as the longest heatwave for seven years spread across Britain and forecasters warned temperatures could climb as high as 35C.

Mountain blazes tore across the south Wales valleys while flames devastated swathes of Tentsmuir Forest in north-east Fife, Scotland, on Thursday night, and London experienced its worst grass fires since 2006.