Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of Central Peru.

5.0 Earthquake hits Valparaiso, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

Tsunami Hits Fukushima

A minor tsunami of 20 centimetres (7.8 inches) has been observed in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, and Ofunato, Iwate prefecture of Japan after the magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit the region, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Tidal waves of 10 cm were also logged in the city of Soma located about 40 km north of the Fukushima No. 1 plant, the agency said.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical storm 09w (Rammasun) is located approximately 324 nm northwest of Yap and is tracking westward at 20 knots.

NewsBytes:

Bangladesh – Dyke collapse floods five villages in Patuakhali. A flood control embankment in Charipara area under Kalapara upazila of the district collapsed in the last two days, inundating at least 300 dwelling houses and over 2000 acres of agricultural land. Locals said at least a 300 feet area of the dyke collapsed due to high tide under the impact of full moon. Aman cultivation on over 2000 acres of land at Lebukhali, Mollakhali, Algee, Pangashia and Moricherkhali villages have become uncertain as saline water is entering the agricultural land through the breached portion.

Dyke collapse floods

Global Warming

Global warming map shows temperature of cities in 2100

A new report done by the organization Climate Central predicts the impact that global warming will have on 1,001 cities worldwide. They’ve compiled an interactive map that will show just how incredibly hot it will get in these cities in the year 2100.

If the map and data is correct, the impact that global warming will have on our weather is horrifying. Every city’s temperature will rise between 6 to 12 degrees Fahrenheit. Most cities will rise somewhere between 7 and 10 degrees, however.

The interactive map shows that in 2100, the city of Boston, MA will be as hot as the current temperatures of Miami, Florida. Meanwhile, an already warm city like Las Vegas, NV, could get as hot as the current temperatures of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which is around 111°F.

“Summer temperatures in most American cities are going to feel like summers now in Texas and Florida — very, very hot,” said Alyson Kenward, lead researcher of the analysis.

While the data looks at the impact that global warming will have on temperatures, it does not look at other key statistics. Missing are the expected humidity levels, pollution levels, sea levels, and frequency of storms, for starters. Still, it is interesting (and a bit scary) to see what the temperature of your city will be like in the future.

The map can be found here.

Wildfires

Wildfires

Oregon, USA – Several new small wildfires broke out across Central Oregon on Saturday, a day ahead of another red flag warning for a renewed threat of thunderstorms that could ignite new blazes.

Canada, British Columbia – A provincewide heat wave in British Columbia was expected to hit record highs in the coming days, heightening concerns about wildfires. The B.C. Wildfire Management Branch said Saturday there were 45 wildfires across the province, with three fires expected to take days to put out.

Greece – Authorities say a raging wildfire southeast of Greece’s capital has burned down at least one house and threatened several others. The fire broke out early Saturday afternoon in a forested area in the hills west of Keratea, 40 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of Athens, and has spread quickly, despite the efforts of more than 150 firefighters. Four planes and three helicopters also assisted before nightfall.