Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits south of Panama.

5.3 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.3 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Minahasa, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical cyclone 16s (Haliba), is located approximately 85 nm west of La Reunion, and is tracking southeastward at 06 knots.

Tropical cyclone 17p (Seventeen), is located approximately 760 nm northwest of Nadi, Fiji, and is tracking southeastward at 03 knots.

NewsBytes:

Brazil – A landslide in Sao Paulo, Brazil has claimed the lives of three children aged between 7 and 13.

Scotland – Heavy rain in Scotland has caused a 100 tonne landslide and flooding on roads across parts of the Highlands. Some rivers reached their highest levels on record and eight people were rescued from a flooded caravan park near Beauly. More than 30 flood warnings are in place across Scotland. The A87 landslide came after 158mm of rain fell in the area in the space of 36 hours. This saturated the slope above the road and caused about 100 tonnes of debris to slip down the hillside.

Wildlife

Sick, starving sea lion pups wash up on California coast

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Along the length of the California coastline, an extraordinary rescue effort is underway. In January and February alone, 1,450 malnourished or dying sea lion pups have washed up on shore – compared with just 68 in the same period last year.

Marine biologists and climate scientists for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the culprit is a mass of warm coastal water that’s imperiling breeding and nursing colonies of California sea lions. The so-called “unusual mortality event” – following a much smaller bubble of sea lion strandings and deaths in 2013 – has triggered questions about the overall health and volatility of the California ocean environment.

Scientists say the warmer waters can prevent sea lion mothers from finding sufficient quantities of anchovies, mackerel, sardines and other fish to provide nutrition for nursing. So they are leaving behind their pups, mostly born each June on four islands in Southern California, to forage for food for extended periods – far beyond their normal two or three days at sea.

As a result, tens of thousands of pups birthed last summer are believed to be dying on the islands as others, fearing their mothers have abandoned them, set out into the ocean and drift or wash ashore sometimes hundreds of miles away.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Three bush fires are burning in the Pilliga East State Forest, approximately 30 kilometres south west of Narrabri.

The NSW Rural Fire Service, National Parks and Wildlife and Forestry Corporation are working on the blazes which have burned more than 1 500 ha.

The fires have been flagged as advice level, which means there is no immediate danger and no properties are presently threatened.