Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.1 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

The earthquake northeast of Gisborne, New Zealand is the biggest quake to hit the top of North Island in 20 years. No significant damages was reported by this morning, although power was cut to about 1 000 homes in eastern Bay of Plenty. Following the earthquake, a series of small tsunamis measuring less than 30-centimetres were recorded, prompting a tsunami warning. People in and around the town of Gisborne, the largest populated area nearest the epicentre, were told to get to higher ground or go as far inland as they could.  The evacuation order and tsunami warning were lifted a few hours later..

5.8 Earthquake hits the Nias region, Indonesia.

5.7 Earthquake hits east of North Islands, New Zealand.

5.6 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

Two 5.6 Earthquakes hit off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

Two 5.5 Earthquakes hit off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

5.4 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.4 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

Two 5.3 Earthquakes hit off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

5.2 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the South Georgia Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic: Tropical Storm Gaston is located about 315 mi…505 km W of Faial island in the central Azores and about 400 mi…645 km W of Lajes air base in the Azores with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…E or 80 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

Tropical Storm Hermine is located about 50 mi…80 km NE of Tallahassee Florida and about 20 mi…30 km W of Valdosta Georgia with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…NNE or 25 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific: Hurricane Lester is located about 515 mi…830 km E of Hilo Hawaii and about 710 mi…1140 km E of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…115 mph…185 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

Tropical Depression Madeline is located about 380 mi…610 km SSW of Honolulu Hawaii and about 610 mi…980 km E of Johnston Island with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…W or 265 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

Invest 90E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 15w (Namtheun), located approximately 359 nm south of Sasebo, Japan, is tracking east-northward at 08 knots.

In the Central Pacific: Invest 92C is an area of disturbed weather in the Central Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

Newsbytes:

Florida, USA – Hurricane Hermine made landfall early Friday morning just east of St. Marks, Fla., as a Category 1 storm with 80 mph winds, but weakened to a tropical storm as it moved further inland. The National Hurricane Centre expects Hermine to produce “a large extent of dangerous winds, life-threatening storm surge and flooding rains well to the east and southeast of the path of the centre.” Schools in the area have been closed. A storm surge as high as nine feet is expected.

Wildlife

Missing Mussels

Blue mussels are disappearing in coastal waters from Cape Cod to Canada’s Maritimes in a trend researchers warn has seen the populations plunge by more than 60 percent in 40 years.

The warming of the Gulf of Maine, along with human harvesting and the arrival of invasive species, appear to be behind the decline.

Thousands of dead mussels washed up during mid-August along New York’s Long Island, which experts also attribute to unusually warm Atlantic waters.

Mussels are not only important to commercial fishing, but also play an important role in removing toxins and bacteria from the water.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California

About 8,800 firefighters are battling nine large wildfires in California. Cooler weather this week will help firefighters get the upper hand on these blazes.

Active fires:

Chimney Fire, San Luis Obispo County, South of Lake Nacimiento has burned 46,344 acres andis 91 percent contained. Evacuations have been lifted; 70 structures were destroyed.

Soberanes Fire, Monterey County in the Los padres National Forest in the Big Sur area has burned 94,180 acres and is 60 percent contained.

Cedar Fire, Kern County in the Sequoia National Forest northwest of Lake Isabella has burned 29,322 acres and is 85 percent contained.

Tule Fire, Tulare County in the Sequoia National Forest near Hwy 190, four miles northeast of Springville, has burned 395 acres and is 90 percent contained.

Bogart Fire, Riverside County near International Park Rd & Winesap Ave, North of Beaumont has burned 1,470 acres and is 60 percent contained.

Rey Fire, Santa Barbara County near Paradise Road north of Santa Barbara has burned 32,606 acres and is 96 percent contained. Evacuations have been lifted.

Holy Fire, Orange County in the Cleveland National Forest has burned 155 acres and is 20 percent contained.

Tulley Fire, Humboldt County off Hwy 169, six miles north of Weitchpec has burned 599 acres and is 95 percent contained. Evacuations have been lifted.

Gap Fire, Siskiyou County in the Klamath National Forest has burned 17,032 acres and is 8 percent contained.

Mokelumne Fire, Alpine County in the Stanislaus National Forest in Mokelumne River Canyon, north of Frog Lake has burned 352 acres and is 30 percent contained.

Disease

Ontario reports additional Cyclospora cases

Ontario province has reported 15 additional cases of the parasitic infection, Cyclosporiasis, in the past week, bringing the total in the province to 71 and the Canadian outbreak total to 81. Canadian health agencies continue to investigate locally-acquired Cyclospora infections in four provinces- British Columbia (1), Alberta (2), Ontario (71), and Quebec (7).

Zika Virus – Singapore and Malaysia

The outbreak of the Zika virus spread in Southeast Asia Thursday, after Singapore noted that total cases had risen to 115 while Malaysia confirmed that its first reported case was a woman who had traveled to the neighbouring city-state.

Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 118.0 degrees Fahrenheit (47.8 degrees Celsius) in Al Qaysumah, Saudi Arabia.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus -109.0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 78.3 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.