Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits southern Peru.

5.3 Earthquake hits the northern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.2 Earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical Storm Ana is strengthening and moving northwest while crossing the northwest Hawaiian islands east of Maro Reef – located about 130 mi…210 km ENE of Maro Reef and about 220 mi…350 km NW of French Frigate Shoals with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…80 km/h. Present movement…NW or 325 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Hazards affecting land – wind…tropical storm conditions are expected over Gardner Pinnacles and nearby waters through tonight and will affect the Maro Reef area into Thursday morning. Surf…large swells produced by Ana will continue across the northwest Hawaiian islands tonight and early Thursday.

NewsBytes:

Germany – The remnants of hurricane Gonzalo have drifted across the Atlantic and are now threatening North German cities with flooding, forecasters warned on Wednesday. The news followed a night of accidents caused by heavy winds in southern Germany.

Disease

Kenyan Corn-Disease Outbreak

An outbreak of Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease in Kenya may reduce corn production by almost a third this year as yields fall and growers abandon the grain for other crops.

As many as 70 percent of farmers of the staple food in the main growing regions may have been affected by the virus. All of the corn varieties grown in Kenya are susceptible to the disease.

Kenya expects a 30 percent reduction in production. Control methods like burning, cutting achieve little. The only solution is to develop resistant varieties.