Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.5 Earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Panama-Costa Rica border.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the western Indian-Antarctic ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical Storm 22w (Hagupit), located approximately 134 nm southwest of Manila, Philippines, and is tracking west-southwestward at 8 knots.

Hagupit, although weakened, will continue to bring heavy rains with flooding along a 450km wide swathe as it travels across the Philippines.

Wildlife

Hippo kills man in Limpopo, South Africa

A Limpopo man has died following an attack by a hippo. The man was fishing on Friday afternoon when the hippo attacked him. Following his ordeal, the 34-year-old man survived to tell the tale but due to the nature of his injuries he died in hospital on Sunday. Following his ordeal, the 34-year-old man survived to tell the tale but due to the nature of his injuries he died in hospital on Sunday.

The death comes less than a week after golfer was killed by a crocodile at Skukuza golf course in the Kruger National Park.

Elephant Twins Born in South Africa

Pongola Game Reserve, a privately-owned big-four game reserve in Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal, today reported the birth of African elephant twins. Scientific evidence suggests that there is less that one percent prevalence rate of elephants twinning and even less of a chance that both twins survive into adulthood, making the birth of these young elephant twins an incredibly rare natural occurrence.

The yet unnamed twins were born to a 31-year-old elephant cow called Curve, so named for the curve of one of her tusks. She birthed three offspring before delivering the twins, all of which were male. The sex of the twins remains unconfirmed as Curve is given enough space and a fighting chance to beat the mortality odds for the twins.

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Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Aso (Kyushu): Mild strombolian activity and ash emissions continue at Nakadake crater.

Turrialba (Costa Rica): A new eruption occurred last evening at 21:30 local time. Not much detail about the eruptions is available, but it seems to have been a rather small event. Light ash fall was noted in areas up to 20 km distance. There are no reports of damage or injuries. A volcanologist from the National Seismic Network said in an interview that the new eruption possibly was triggered by the recent earthquakes in the region.

Laguna del Maule (Central Chile): The volcanic field of Laguna del Maule is a potentially dangerous volcano. Scientists have found alarming levels of uplift, suggesting its magma chamber is filling up.