Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

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

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

5.2 Earthquake hits the west Chile rise.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the South Indian Ocean:

Tropical Cyclone Amara is headed toward the Mauritius’ Rodrigues Island, prompting warnings, and weather forecasters say the storm is expected to strengthen.

Tropical Cyclone Bruce continued to strengthen over wide open waters of the Southern Indian Ocean and NASA satellite data showed its eye had cleared of clouds. Bruce is forecast to stay away from land areas and weaken over the next four days.

NewsBytes:

Landslide in Central Java, Indonesia has claimed the lives of four people and injured four others. Torrential rains in Kebumen district in Central Java triggered the landslide on Friday and came after flooding in Indonesia claimed the lives of four people and displaced over 4,000 people three days ago.

More than 1,500 people were evacuated from their homes after low-lying villages here were hit by floods in Tenom, Borneo.

Wildlife

Bottlenose Dolphins Oiled By Deepwater Horizon Spill are Dying

The oil spill resulting from the explosion of the deepwater horizon drilling platform initiated immediate concern for marine wildlife, including common bottlenose dolphins in sensitive coastal habitats according to a new study.

To evaluate potential sublethal effects on dolphins, health assessments were conducted in Barataria bay, Louisiana, an area that received heavy and prolonged oiling, and in a reference site, sarasota bay, florida, where oil was not observed.

Dolphins were temporarily captured, received a veterinary examination, and were then released. Dolphins sampled in Barataria bay showed evidence of hypoadrenocorticism, consistent with adrenal toxicity as previously reported for laboratory mammals exposed to oil.

Barataria bay dolphins were 5 times more likely to have moderate−severe lung disease, generally characterized by significant alveolar interstitial syndrome, lung masses, and pulmonary consolidation. Of 29 dolphins evaluated from Barataria bay, 48% were given a guarded or worse prognosis, and 17% were considered poor or grave, indicating that they were not expected to survive. Disease conditions in Barataria bay dolphins were significantly greater in prevalence and severity than those in sarasota bay dolphins, as well as those previously reported in other wild dolphin populations.

Many disease conditions observed in Barataria bay dolphins are uncommon but consistent with petroleum hydrocarbon exposure and toxicity. The study is the first to confirm that bottlenose dolphins in the areas heavily affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are suffering injuries that are consistent with exposure to petroleum hydrocarbons.

Beached dolphin

Nature – Images

Interesting Images:

Researchers collected these images using an ultra-high-speed video camera capable of capturing 10,000 frames per second. Here, what is known as the downward leader starts propagating from a storm cloud.

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Disease

Foot and Mouth – Kenya

A quarantine has been imposed in parts of Kisii county in Kenya following an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Etna (Sicily, Italy): Ash emissions from the NE crater continue with little variation, suggesting deep-seated explosive degassing inside the upper conduit. Tremor is stable with a slightly increasing tendency.