Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits the Bonin Islands off Japan.

5.3 Earthquake hits Ascension island.

5.1 Earthquake hits Kyrgyzstan.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Storm 27w (In-Fa), located approximately 250 nm southeast of Andersen AFB, is tracking west-northwestward at 12 knots.

Tropical Storm Rick is located about 400 mi…640 km WSW of Manzanillo Mexico and about 485 mi…780 km S of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Zimbabwe – At least three people died by the severe hailstorm in Bulilima district of Zimbabwe. Two people died on their way home from School while the other drowned in a flooded pit latrine at the school.

Washington State, USA – A severe storm in Washington state has claimed lives of three people and left about 185,000 homes and businesses without power.

Wildlife

Monarchs May Be Coming Back From the Brink

North America’s iconic monarch butterflies could quadruple in numbers this year, thanks to joint conservation efforts by Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Populations of the orange-and-black insects plunged almost 90 percent two years ago, reaching only 35 million compared with a peak of about 1 billion during the 1990s.

The destruction of milkweed by agriculture was the main cause of the decline.

The migrating monarchs are currently wintering on only a few acres of pine-and-fir forest of Mexico’s Michoacán state.

They will remain there until beginning a spring migration that will take them across the eastern half of the United States and into Canada by next summer.

Officials count the wintering monarchs by the area that they cover, not their individual numbers.

The insect occupied only 2.8 acres of forest last winter, better than during 2013-2014 when the population hit an all-time low of 1.66 acres.

Conservationists say the goal is to reach almost 15 acres by 2020. This compares to a high of nearly 47 acres in 1996-1997.

Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 113.9 degrees Fahrenheit (45.5 degrees Celsius) at Dampier, Western Australia.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 51.9 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 46.6 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.

Wildfires

Wildfires – South Africa

Billows of thick smoke covered large swathes of sky from Simon’s Town to Atlantis in the Cape Province as fire and rescue teams battled at least 60 vegetation fires on Thursday. Fire and rescue said the city council’s fire teams responded to 60 vegetation fires, adding that approximately 240 firefighters were out from the 30 various stations.

In Simon’s Town, a vegetation fire that started on Wednesday had come down the Simon’s Town side of the mountain and destroyed some properties, with a number of residents forced to evacuate their homes. Thirteen structures were affected damaged or destroyed.

Wildfires – Indonesia

Russian Beriev Be-200 Amphibious aircraft were fighting wildfires on the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Wednesday. The forest fires have been creeping closer to Gunung Leuser National Park that is home to many exotic animals, such as Sumatran tigers, elephants, orangutangs, rhinos, and black gibbons. The planes were leased from the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) on October 21 following an official request by the government in Jakarta.