Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Caspian Sea, offshore Turkmenistan.

5.1 Earthquake hits the north Indian Ocean.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone Nathan is located approximately 210 nm east-northeast of Darwin, Australia and is tracking westward at 06 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 20p (reuben), located approximately 688 nm southeast of Suva, Fiji, and is tracking southeastward at 07 knots.

NewsBytes:

Canada – An avalanche in British Columbia, Canada has claimed the life of one person and left one other missing. Both were group members snowmobiling near the Dore River drainage area, near McBride, B.C.

Tanzania – THE ongoing heavy rains in Dar es Salaam region have left five people dead and rendered hundreds homeless after their houses were submerged. Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA), on Sunday announced that heavy rains would continue in various parts of the country until Wednesday.

Wildlife

Wildebeest migration starts very early

Safari experts were astounded by the start of the wildebeest migration in the central areas of the Serengeti last week – three months ahead of schedule.

Usually the migration begins around June or July, but experts believe that unusually dry conditions in the south of the Serengeti has led to the migration starting much earlier than usual.

“It’s one of the earliest sightings on record,” Bradley Murray, general manager of Singita Faru Faru Lodge on the Grumeti River in Tanzania told The Telegraph.

“They started passing through the reserve unexpectedly on May 1 last year and we thought that was a big deal – but this is incredible.”

Murray said that he thought the first wildebeest spotted were just some strays which had broken away from the main herd, but he was astounded when tens of thousands of wildebeest started appearing.

“All you can see is wildebeest at the moment. It is always an awe-inspiring sight but especially as it is so early this year,” he said.

The wildebeest migration sees 1.5 million wildebeest and 200 000 zebras making the almost 2000-kilometre journey from the southern Serengeti to Kenya’s Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – China

A forest fire in China has claimed the lives of at least five Dahei mountain climbers.

More than 300 fire fighters were sent to control the forest fire near the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian. The forest fire control centre received the fire report at 1:48 p.m. Sunday and sent the fire fighters to the disaster area. The fire was brought under after four hours.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Ngauruhoe (North Island): New Zealand’s GNS Science reports an increase in earthquakes under the volcano, interpreted as weak signs of volcanic unrest. The Volcanic Alert Level was raised to level 1 (minor volcanic unrest), but no eruption is expected in the near future.

Villarrica (Central Chile): Weak incandescence from mild strombolian activity in the summit crater of the volcano has become visible at night.

The volcano is having phases of increasingly intense, continuous ash emissions, probably caused by deep-seated strombolian activity. No or little incandescence has been visible last night.