Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits the northern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits southern Peru.

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

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical Storm Erika is located about 155 mi…250 km ESE of Santo Domingo Dominican Republic and about 430 mi…690 km ESE of Great Inagua Island with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

Tropical Storm Erika lashed Puerto Rico early Friday with heavy rains and wind after killing four people and causing devastating floods in the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, where several people remained missing.

The storm was expected to dump up to 12 inches (31 centimetres) of rain across portions of the drought-stricken northern Caribbean as it carved a path toward the U.S. Forecasters said Erika might fall apart over Hispaniola or Puerto Rico or possibly strengthen into a hurricane as it nears South Florida early next week.

Hurricane Ignacio is located about 890 mi…1430 km ESE of Hilo Hawaii and about 1100 mi…1770 km ESE of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Storm Kilo is located about 35 mi…55 km NW of Johnston Island and about 905 mi…1460 km se of Midway Island with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…WSW or 255 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

Hurricane Jimena is located about 1045 mi…1680 km SW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…80 mph…130 km/h, Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h

NewsBytes:

Nepal – A heavy downpour in Bhaktapur on Thursday inundated at least 60 houses. The flooding caused by the swollen Hanumante river has flooded temporary shelters for earthquake survivors in the district.

Bhaktapur earthquake survivors flood

Wildlife

Birds Sing Louder, Lower to Be Heard Over Human Noise

The din of modern life has gotten so loud that male bluebirds have learned to “shout” louder when the human-generated noise becomes too blaring.

Researcher Caitlin Kight of the U.K.’s University of Exeter and colleagues made the discovery after recording songs produced by 32 male bluebirds.

Writing in the journal Integrative and Comparative Biology, Kight says they found the male bluebirds were able to make real-time adjustments to be heard over noise by producing songs that are both louder and lower-pitched.

The finding suggests the birds are able to perceive the louder background noise and alter their songs accordingly to be heard by potential mates or rivals.

Co-author John Swaddle, from the college of William and Mary, cautions against interpreting the findings as proof that noise pollution has no adverse impacts on wildlife.

“Unfortunately, the world is getting so noisy that even the most flexible of species will eventually reach a threshold beyond which they will have difficulty communicating, which will impact their ability to breed successfully,” said Swaddle.

Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 122.0 degrees Fahrenheit (50.0 degrees Celsius) at Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 111.8 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 79.9 degrees Celsius) at Russia’s Vostok Antarctic research station.

Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.

Disease

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

Between 22 and 23 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 13 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. Twelve (12) of these reported cases are associated with a MERS-CoV outbreak currently occurring in a hospital in Riyadh city.