Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits Barbados in the Windward Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.3 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.3 Earthquake hits near the coast of central Peru.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Mozambique Channel.

5.0 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Pagan region in the North Mariana Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Post tropical Cyclone Claudette is located about 290 mi…470 km E of Halifax Nova Scotia with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…NE or 45 degrees at 21 mph…33 km/h.

Typhoon 11w (Nangka), located approximately 188 nm southeast of Iwakuni, Japan, is tracking northward at 09 knots.

Typhoon Halola is located about 52 nm west-southwest of Wake Island, and is tracking west-northwestward at 06 knots.

Hurricane Dolores is located about 255 mi…410 km SSW of Cabo San Lucas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…115 mph…185 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 300 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

Tropical Storm Enrique is located about 1620 mi…2605 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

Wildlife

Palawan turtles rescued from extinction

Thousands of rare forest turtles have been rescued from horrifying conditions of captivity in Palawan, saving the critically endangered animals from possible extinction, wildlife experts said Wednesday.

More than 4,000 live freshwater turtles and 90 dead ones were found in a pond inside a remote warehouse in Palawan four weeks ago in one of the country’s biggest wildlife rescues, they said.

They included 3,831 Palawan forest turtles, a critically endangered species found only on the north of Palawan, as well as 160 Asian leaf turtles and 25 Southeast Asian box turtles.

The reptiles had apparently been stored without food and water for up to six months, and veterinarians worked round the clock to save the animals, she said in a statement.

The turtles were apparently destined for pet and food markets in Hong Kong and China, the statement said.

“This number equalled the estimated remaining population of Palawan forest turtle in the wild, hence bringing the species to the brink of extinction,” it added.

Many of the rescued turtles suffered from a variety of ailments and injuries, and some 360 others have since died. About 230 are still being treated, while the rest were released back into the wild, Schoppe said.

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Disease

American Foulbrood Disease in Perthshire

An outbreak of American foulbrood disease has been detected at an apiary near Alyth in Perthshire.

The infected hives have been destroyed, as there is no permitted treatment for the disease in the UK. Beekeepers have been urged to be vigilant for signs of the disease.

There are no risks to public health or the safety of honey from the disease but the movement of bees and related equipment in and out of the affected apiary is under strict control by Scottish government bee inspectors.

American foulbrood is a notifiable disease capable of wiping out whole colonies and any outbreaks must be reported. Classic signs of the disease include sunken cappings on cells in hives, which when opened reveal dead larvae with a caramel-like consistency.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Colima (Western Mexico): Activity at the volcano has been relatively calm. No more significant explosions nor pyroclastic flows were observed during the past 24 hours, but the lava flow on the southern side continues to advance slowly, accompanied by occasional smaller and larger incandescent rockfalls. Constant glow is seen from the crater, where a lava dome continues to feed the southern lava flow. Occasional rockfalls occur from other areas of the SW and W crater rim as well.