Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.2 Earthquake hits Chiapas, Mexico.
5.2 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.
5.1 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.
5.0 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.
5.0 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.
5.0 Earthquake hits Oaxaca, Mexico.
In the Eastern Pacific:
Tropical depression Flossie is located about about 145 mi (230 km) NW of Hilo, Hawaii. All tropical storm warnings have been discontinued. Tropical storm force wind gusts were possible overnight. Locally gusty winds will likely continue on Tuesday over the central and Western Islands.
Forecasters say Tropical Storm Gil has formed in the Pacific, far off the southern tip of California.
Floods in Yorkshire, England.
Extremely heavy rains have caused flood damage in Calder Valley and Todmorden, West Yorkshire. Walsden, near Todmorden in West Yorkshire, England has been hit by up to 18in (46cm) of water.
The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the River Calder and its tributaries from Todmorden to Brighouse.
On the other side of the coin, the downpours have given relief from the heatwave that had been affecting the areas.
Lightning strike in Dolakha, Nepal has claimed the life of one person and injured thirty six others.
Global warming endangers South American water supply
Chile and Argentina may face critical water storage issues due to rain-bearing westerly winds over South America’s Patagonian Ice-Field to moving south as a result of global warming.
A reconstruction of past changes in the North and Central Patagonian Ice-field, which plays a vital role in the hydrology of the region, has revealed the ice field had suddenly contracted around 15,000 years ago after a southerly migration of westerly winds.
This migration of westerly winds towards the south pole has been observed again in modern times and is expected to continue under a warming climate, likely leading to further ice declines in this area affecting seasonal water storage.
“We found that precipitation brought to this region by Southern Hemisphere westerlies played an important role in the glaciation of the North Patagonian Ice-Fields,” said Dr Chris Fogwill from the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼
“Our research has shown this ice-field significantly reduced in size when those winds moved southwards.”
The North Patagonian Ice-field is vital to maintain seasonal water storage capacity for Argentina and Chile.
“Worryingly, this study suggests the region may well be on a trajectory of irreversible change, which will have profound impacts on agriculture and the increasing dependency on hydroelectric power in Chile and Argentina,” Dr Fogwill said.
Wildfires – Australia
Firefighters continued to battle blazes across Mount Isa in Queensland yesterday with a significant fire threatening homes in Healy.
New Explanations Sought for Dolphin Strandings
In waters from Florida to the Caribbean, dolphins are showing up stranded or entangled in fishing gear with an unusual problem: They can’t hear.
A study has found that more than half of stranded bottlenose dolphins and more than a third of stranded rough-toothed dolphins had severe hearing loss. The animals’ hearing impairment may have been a critical factor in their strandings. The causes of hearing loss in dolphins aren’t always clear, but aging, shipping noise and side effects from antibiotics could play roles.
Whether the hearing loss is causing the dolphin strandings — for instance, by steering the marine mammals in the wrong direction or preventing them from finding food — remains an open question.
Novel Coronavirus in Saudi Arabia – Update
After a quiet period, WHO has been informed of an additional laboratory-confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in Saudi Arabia.
Dengue Fever in Honduras
Honduras’ government has declared a state of emergency due to a dengue fever outbreak that has killed 16 people and sickened 12,000.
Dengue causes high fever, joint pains and nausea. In severe cases, it can lead to internal bleeding, liver enlargement, circulatory shutdown and death.