Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 Earthquake hits the Nicobar Islands.

5.7 Earthquake hits the Nicobar Islands.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Nicobar Islands.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.6 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Nicobar Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Nicobar Island.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Nicobar Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Nicobar Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Guatemala.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Mid-Indian ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Nicobar Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Nicobar Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Nicobar Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Nicobar Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone 05a (Megh), located approximately 125 nm south-southeast of Mukalla, Yemen, is tracking westward at 14 knots.

Tropical Depression Twelve is located about 30 mi…45 km SSW of San Salvador with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h, Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Yemen – Tropical Cyclone Megh made a direct hit on Socotra Island Sunday claiming the lives of two people, one week after Cyclone Chapala passed through the region.

Egypt – The death toll in the floods in the Baheira Delta has risen to 24 with 35 others injured.

Environment

CO2 levels hit record high for 30th year in a row

Greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2014 as the relentless fuelling of climate change makes the planet more dangerous for future generations, the World Meteorological Organization said in Geneva on Monday.

Graphs issued by the United Nations agency showed levels of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, climbing steadily towards the 400 parts per million (ppm) level, having hit a new record every year since reliable records began in 1984.

Carbon dioxide levels averaged 397.7 ppm in 2014 but briefly breached the 400 ppm barrier in the northern hemisphere in early 2014, and again globally in early 2015. Soon 400 ppm will be a permanent reality.

It means hotter global temperatures, more extreme weather events like heatwaves and floods, melting ice, rising sea levels and increased acidity of the oceans.

The rise in carbon dioxide levels was being amplified by higher levels of water vapour, which were in turn rising because of carbon dioxide emissions, the WMO said.

Levels of the other two major man-made greenhouse gases, methane and nitrous oxide, also continued their relentless annual rise in 2014, reaching 1,833 parts per billion (ppb) and 327.1 ppb, respectively. Both increased at the fastest rate for a decade.

The U.N. panel of climate scientists estimates that concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are at their highest in at least 800,000 years.