Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.8 Earthquake hits Fiji.
5.4 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.
5.3 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.
5.3 Earthquake hits Guam.
5.3 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia.
5.1 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.
5.0 Earthquake hits near the coast of northern Peru.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
Tropical cyclone Nathan is located approximately 294 nm east of Darwin, Australia and is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.
Tropical cyclone (tc) 20p (reuben), located approximately 492 nm southeast of Suva, Fiji, and is tracking southeastward at 13 knots.
Australia – Flooding caused by a severe thunderstorm in south-east Queensland, Australia has claimed the life of one person. Heavy rain brought flash flooding to Logan and parts of the Brisbane CBD causing major delays on all train lines in and out of the city.
France – The historic French community of Mont Saint-Michel was isolated from the mainland when the so-called “tide of the century” completely submerged its causeway for the first time in this millennium. The tide is estimated to have risen to a level of about 50 feet tall – that is, as high as a four-story building. The spectacular scenic views created by the phenomenon brought many tourists flocking to the large granite island off the northern coast of Normandy.
Britain – The highest supertides for 18 years triggered by Friday’s solar eclipse are expected to hit British coastlines today and the following two days. Tides will be 2.5m higher than other times in Milford Haven, South Wales, 1.5m above in Plymouth, Devon, and the Isle of Mull, western Scotland, and 0.5m above in London on the tidal Thames.
Wildfires – Chile
Massive wildfires raging in drought-stricken southern Chile have wiped out hundreds of plant species, and are now threatening animal life as well, officials warned.
“We are witnessing a massive environmental catastrophe” in southern Chile, Accion Ecologica chief Luis Mariano Rendon told AFP from Mexico.
“There have been whole species lost, such as the Araucaria araucana (monkey puzzle tree). They are trees that take hundreds of years to reach maturity. So this is a practically irreparable loss for current generations.”
The trees, a distant relative of better known pine, are considered sacred by indigenous Mapuche people. And Chile itself has declared them part of its unique national natural heritage.
Fires advancing for several days in the country’s south have ravaged more than 3,700 hectares (9,100 acres) of forest, and have been contained but not put out entirely, firefighters said.
There are still 25 active fires, affecting 11,428 hectares of trees and brush, according to the national emergency office ONEMI.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
Shiveluch (Kamchatka): Activity at the volcano remains elevated. A series of moderate explosions occurred over the past days, producing ash plumes that rose to 23-27,000 ft (7-9 km) altitude (Tokyo VAAC).