Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits Oaxaca, Mexico.

5.2 Earthquake hits Reykjanes Ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits Iceland.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Gl sst mm

Tropical Storm Fay is located about 85 mi…140 km NNE of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…NNE or 15 degrees at 20 mph…31 km/h.

Hazards affecting land – wind…tropical storm conditions will continue over Bermuda through this morning. Hurricane conditions are possible over Bermuda during the next few hours. Rainfall…Fay is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 3 to 5 inches across Bermuda. Surf…large swells generated by Fay will continue to affect portions of the south-facing shores of Bermuda through Sunday morning.

Super typhoon 19w (Vongfong) is located approximately 285 nm south-southwest of Sasebo, Japan, and is tracking northward at 12 knots.

Tropical cyclone 03b (Hudhud) is located approximately 20 nm south-east of Visakhapatnam, India and is tracking west-northwestward at 07 knots

At least three people were killed as powerful cyclone Hudhud slammed into India’s eastern coast Sunday. More than 350,000 people living along the coast have been evacuated. The impact of the severe cyclone was first felt in Visakhapatnam, a major naval base in Andhra Pradesh state and in surrounding villages, as winds packing speeds of nearly 195 kilometres per hour uprooted trees and billboards, snapped power cables, and led to the suspension of air, bus and train services.

Those in the path of the storm huddled indoors throughout the day as it battered the region, with heavy rain and storm surges in many areas. Several deaths were blamed on a wall collapse and falling trees.

NewsBytes:

Sudan – Thousands of people have been displaced and some 3,260 homes destroyed by heavy flood waters in Jonglei state’s Twic East county. Seven schools and four primary health care units were also reportedly destroyed following three consecutive days of heavy rain from 3 to 7 October.

Global Warming

Fish migrating to North-South poles due to global warming

A new study from University of British Columbia has claimed that a large number of fish are moving away from the oceans towards the poles at 26 kilometres per decade because of massive climate changes. The temperature of earth’s water is experiencing a incremental surge every year. As a result, fish are moving towards the poles and by 2050, there will be a huge vacuum of fish that are presently found in the oceans.

The study however concludes that there will be new species of fish and other sea animals to fill up this vacuum in the arctic ocean. Fisheries near the topical areas will suffer, according to the experts. The main reason behind this is the fact that many areas near the sea shores rely heavily on the sea food. The local inhabitants have developed a taste and liking to sea food that is present in deep waters for years. The fleeing of fishes will create the absence of sea food for these populations living near the coast.

The study depicts that, under best-case scenarios, fish will move towards North and South Poles at a speed of 15 kilometres a decade. William Cheung of the University of British Columbia says that many Scandinavian countries are already taking steps to prepare for this massive fish migration.

Migration of fish

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Etna (Sicily, Italy): There are no significant changes or signs of a new paroxysm very soon. Sporadic weak explosions with ash emissions continue at the New SE crater. Tremor has remained low. The summit vents when observed today showed (normal) strong degassing, with audible deep-seated explosion sounds coming from the NE crater.

Nishino-shima (Volcano Islands, Japan): The volcanic eruption on the remote island continues. A recent satellite image that the lava flows from the active vent(s) have now covered the older part of the island, the original tiny Nishino-Shima island. The ongoing eruption had started as a submarine eruption almost one year ago, when it built a second island to the SE of the existing one. In early January this year, the growing new island had merged with the old one, and has been growing in size ever since.