Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits offshore El Salvador.

5.1 Earthquake hits Nepal.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Typhoon 17w (Atsani), located approximately 445 nm southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 07 knots.

Typhoon 16w (Goni), located approximately 281 nm west-southwest of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking westward at 06 knots.

Tropical Storm Danny is located about 360 mi…580 km E of Guadeloupe and about 395 mi…635 km ESE of Antigua with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…W or 275 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

Tropical Depression Kilo is located about 510 mi…820 km SW of Honolulu Hawaii and about 490 mi…785 km E of Johnston Island with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

Tropical Storm Loke is located about 615 mi…985 km SSW of Midway Island and about 670 mi…1080 km WNW of Johnston Island with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 345 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Invest 97L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for tropical development.

Invest 98L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for tropical development.

Invest 95E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

NewsBytes:

India – Monsoon flooding killed at least 14 people and forced around 200,000 to leave their water-logged homes and take shelter in state-run camps this past week in India’s northeastern Assam state, officials said Saturday. The army used boats to rescue marooned people in northern and western parts of the state. The flooding is the worst in the past three years, affecting nearly 600,000 people in 19 of the state’s 27 districts, officials said.

Wildlife

Lions Mysteriously Fall Ill in Northern Uganda

Wildlife officials in Uganda are stumped by a mysterious illness among the lions of Kidepo Valley National Park that has left the big cats emaciated and “docile”.

Kampala’s The Observer newspaper reports that within the past month, the sickness has affected almost all of the park’s lions, located in the north of the country near the borders of South Sudan and Kenya.

Charles Tumwesigye, the deputy director in charge of conservation at the Uganda Wildlife Authority, says experts will examine samples taken from some of the sick lions.

“We have a feeling that it could be partly starvation because we don’t seem to have very many prey animals for the lions in Kidepo,” Tumwesigye told the daily.

He adds that the larger animals currently roaming the park, like buffaloes, are not easy for a lion to take down.

A regal male lion photographed earlier this year in Uganda’s remote Kidepo Valley National Park, where the bigcats have mysteriously fallen ill.

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Bats facing extinction on Western Ghats, India

Wildlife experts and conservationists have warned that bats are facing extinction in India’s Western Ghats due to increasing human activities and destruction of forests. Several species of bats residing in India are finding it increasingly difficult to adjust with varying landscape resulting due to deforestation. They cites reasons including increased use of agricultural land and growing human population for the impact on bats. A team of experts from University of Leeds in Britain, Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore and National Centre for Biological Sciences conducted a survey of different bats species in the southern Western Ghats in order to study the impact of plantation and rainforest fragmentation on them.

The study showed that some bat species can adjust with coffee plantations. Experts said that the reaming part of the forest and wildlife friendly agriculture can help save the bats from extinction. Western Ghats is among the most biodiverse regions in the world and it is also densely populated. The modern development and land-use transformation have left just 6 per cent of the natural habitat. The experts used Geographic Information System (GIS) computer modelling to study association between different bat species.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – USA

Reduced winds on Saturday helped firefighters gain the upper hand against a series of giant wildfires in north-central Washington that earlier left four firefighters dead.

The Okanogan Complex of wildfires was measured at 355 square miles on Saturday, about 100 miles larger than Friday, fire spokesman Rick Isaacson said. But the flames were moving away from population centers in Okanogan County, which by land area is the largest in Washington state. Thousands of people in the county remained under evacuation orders of various levels after strong winds drove flames across parched ground earlier this week.

Northwest Oregon is currently experiencing fire danger not seen in recent memory and weather forecasts don’t provide any relief. Forest fuels are at record dry levels and forecasts for this weekend indicate it will continue to be hot and dry. Everyone should be concerned.