Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 Earthquake hits Tajikistan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Storm Fred is located about 225 mi…360 km NW of the Cape Verde Islands with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 300 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Hurricane Ignacio is located about 380 mi…610 km ENE of Honolulu Hawaii and about 295 mi…475 km NE of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h. Present movement…NW or 325 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Hurricane Kilo is located about 415 mi…665 km SSW of Midway Island with maximum sustained winds…125 mph…205 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 340 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

Hurricane Jimena is located about 1075 mi…1730 km E of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…130 mph…215 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Tropical Depression Fourteen-E is located about 745 mi…1200 km SSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

Invest 90 is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for tropical development.

Invest 97E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

NewsBytes:

Washington, USA – A powerful windstorm toppled trees, killing two people in Washington state as work crews scrambled on Sunday to restore power to 450,000 customers.

Assam, India – The flood situation in Assam worsened on Monday with three more persons losing their lives and over 7.3 lakh people being affected in nearly 1,600 villages due to incessant rains across the state.

Wildlife

Plastic Pollution

The majority of the world seabird species have plastic in their gut and 99 per cent will have gobbled down plastic by 2050, according to a new study.

Researchers assessed how widespread the threat of plastic is for the world’s seabirds, including albatrosses, shearwaters and penguins, and found the majority of seabird species have plastic in their gut.

Based on analysis of published studies since the early 1960s, the researchers found that plastic is increasingly common in seabird’s stomachs.

In 1960, plastic was found in the stomach of less than 5 per cent of individual seabirds, rising to 80 per cent by 2010.

Space Events

Space Weather – Sun Swallows Comet

On Friday, the sun swallowed a comet. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spotted the icy visitor from the outer solar system making a headlong plunge into our star. One comet went in; none came out.

Heated by the sun at point blank range, the comet’s fragile ices vaporised, leaving at most a “rubble pile” of rock and gravel scattered along its sungrazing orbit. Any remains are invisible from Earth. The comet, R.I.P., was probably a member of the Kreutz family. Kreutz sungrazers are fragments from the breakup of a single giant comet many centuries ago. They get their name from 19th century German astronomer Heinrich Kreutz, who studied them in detail.

Several Kreutz fragments pass by the sun and disintegrate every day. Most, measuring less than a few meters across, are too small to see, but occasionally a bigger fragment like this one (~10 m to 50 m) attracts attention. Because of their common parentage, sungrazers often come in clusters.

Disease

New Ebola death in Sierra Leone

A woman who died last week in northern Sierra Leone tested positive for Ebola, the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) said Monday, in a setback for the country’s bid to gain Ebola-free status.