Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits Oklahoma, USA.

5.0 Earthquake hits Catamarca, Argentina.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Sea of Okhotsk.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits south go the Kermedec Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the western Pacific:

Typhoon 26w (Meari), located approximately 561 nm southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 25 knots.

Newsbytes:

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa – One person has died and 11 others were injured in the Umzinyathi District Municipality in northern KwaZulu-Natal when they were struck by lightning. Hundreds of people were left destitute after their homes were destroyed by torrential rain and strong winds, when a severe thunderstorm swept through the area, leaving a trail of destruction.

Penang, Malaysia – The state has been experiencing heavy rainfall since early this morning and according to a report, the state recorded a cumulative rainfall of between 28mm to 105mm. Flash floods and landslides displaced several hundred residents and collapsed roads.

Nature – Images

Interesting Images

Giant Snowballs

Thousands of large snowballs appeared on a beach in Nyda, Russia, in a rare phenomena that many U.S. meteorologists believe is a sign of an extra snowy winter throughout the United States. The mysterious snowballs reportedly appeared back in October with Russian officials noting they are the result of a rise in the level of the Gulf of Ob which turned the shore to ice. As the water receded, the ice balls were rolled about by the water creating the large snowballs that remain today. Thousands of these unusual sea-created snowballs have been photographed all along the Siberian coast near Nyda, Russia. Some of the snowballs reached the size of basketballs with thousands of other smaller snowballs covering the beach.

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Wildlife

Mutant two-headed sharks on the rise

Fishermen working near tourists hotspots in the Gulf of California and northern Mexico said they had begun finding more of these terrifying creatures. Each head usually has a jaw full of teeth, two eyes and a brain.

The first two-headed shark is believed to have been spotted off the coast of Australia in 2008 – but sightings are now on the rise. A two-headed bull shark was also discovered south of the US, in the Gulf of Mexico.

Scientists have been left baffled by what causes the mutation – but some believe overfishing might have led to inbreeding among sharks and the passing on of genetic defects.

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Disease

Solomon Islands: Dengue outbreak

A month after an outbreak of dengue fever was declared in the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, health officials report in excess of 1700 cases. The capital city of Honiara on Guadalcanal Island has seen more than 1400 dengue cases. Another 200 dengue cases have been reported elsewhere on the island. Dozens have been hospitalized.