Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Zulia, Venezuela.

5.0 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Sangihe, Indonesia.

Wildlife

Zebras make ‘longest trek in Africa’

At a time when mankind’s encroachment on habitats is increasingly leading species to extinction, scientists have discovered a mass migration of animals in Africa that reaches farther than any other documented on the continent.

The journey made by about 2 000 zebra who travelled between Namibia and Botswana, two countries in a sparsely populated part of southern Africa, was discovered by wildlife experts only after some of the zebras were collared with tracking devices.

The newfound migration is a rare bright spot at a time when mass movements of wildlife are disappearing because of fencing, land occupation and other human pressures.

The previously unheralded trek occurs within the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, which is the size of Sweden and encompasses national parks in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Angola.

The zebra odyssey encompasses a roundtrip journey of 500 kilometres, starting in floodplains near the Namibia-Botswana border at the beginning of the wet season. It follows a route across the Chobe River and ends at the seasonally full waterholes and nutritional grass of Nxai Pan National Park in Botswana. The zebras spend about 10 weeks there before heading back.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Eastern Pacific:

Low pressure system Invest 93E stroll hovering off the coast of Baja California.

NewsBytes:

Guatemala – Landslide caused by heavy rains has claimed lives of at least five people and injured three others. Homes were destroyedin San Pedro Necta, Huehuetenango.

Sri Lanka – Torrential rains continued to lash most parts of Sri Lanka Monday causing floods and submerging roads in low-lying areas. Low-lying areas in the Agalawatta, Welipanna, Matugama, Paalinda Nuwara and Omatta Divisions of Kalutara district are affected by floods. Local media reports said 9 people have been killed and another two are missing due to earth slips in the areas of Matugama, Kithulgoda and Thalangama.

Iowa, USA – At least one tornado has been reported in north-central Iowa as storms moved across the mostly rural part of the state, Sunday.

Nature – Images

Interesting Images:

New Zealand photographer Chris Watson captured an image of one of the first winter storms of the year near Invercargill, New Zealand. The storms disrupted a food festival in the area and trapped motorists on the highway for hours.

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