Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits the Volcano Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Maug Islands in the North Mariana Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical Storm Erika is located about 75 mi…125 km S of Guantanamo Cuba with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 20 mph…31 km/h.

Erika has devastated Dominica where nine inches of rain fell late on Wednesday, and six more early on Thursday, causing floods and landslides. At least 20 people have died with Katy least 31 more still missing.

Hurricane Ignacio is located about 660 mi…1060 km ESE of Hilo Hawaii and about 870 mi…1400 km ESE of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 300 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Hurricane Kilo is located about 260 mi…420 km WNW of Johnston Island and about 765 mi…1230 km SSE of Midway Island with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Hurricane Jimena is located about 1220 mi…1965 km SW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…150 mph…240 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Invest 99L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for tropical development.

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Global Warming

Thousands of walruses wash ashore as global warming devastates Alaskan Arctic

The extreme loss of Arctic sea ice due to climate change is forcing thousands of walruses to crowd ashore on a remote barrier island off Alaska, and threatening their survival.

The first reported sighting of animals forced to come ashore in the Chukchi Sea was by a photographer on 23 August, and confirmed by villagers in the remote hamlet of Point Lay late on Thursday, the US Fish and Wildlife Service said.

Such landings, forced by the absence of sea ice on which to rest and feed, put the animals at risk of stampede in the limited space of the barrier island.

The animals are easily spooked by aircraft or onlookers, government scientists warned. Trampling deaths are one of the biggest natural risks.

Sea ice cover in the winter months fell to a new low this year because of climate change and abnormal weather patterns.

Some scientists believe the Arctic could be entirely ice-free in the summer months by the 2030s – with profound effects for local indigenous communities that rely on the ice, as well as wildlife that depend on extreme conditions.

Since 2000, the forced migration of walruses and their young to barrier islands such as Point Lay — known as a “haul out” — has become an increasingly regular occurrence, according to US government scientists.

Last year, as many as 40,000 animals, mainly females and their young, were forced ashore. It was the biggest known haul-out of its kind in the US Arctic, according to government scientists. The Federal Aviation Authority re-routed flights and bush pilots were told to keep their distance to avoid a stampede.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Siberia

Wildfires destroy forest around the world’s oldest and deepest fresh-water lake, Lake Baikal in Russia. By Thursday over 25,000 hectares of forest had been scorched.

Wildfires – DR Congo

At least three people have been killed and thousands left homeless by bush fires raging in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Disease

Legionnaire’s Disease in Quebec, Canada

Health authorities in Quebec’s Lanaudière region said an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease has killed two people and infected another 16.