Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 Earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Prince Edward Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Bio-Bio, Chile.

Two 5.0 Earthquakes hit the Prince Edward Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Gulf of California.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic: Tropical Depression Sixteen is located about 170 mi…275 km ESE of San Andres Island and about 300 mi…480 km E of Bluefields Nicaragua with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…stationary.

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

Newsbytes:

England – Storm Angus batters Britain for a second day bringing floods, five-metre high waves and 97mph winds – as well as leaving 2,000 homes without power. Brits in many parts of the country have woken up to floodwater and damaged buildings this morning as Storm Angus took hold last night. A severe flood alert – a warning of immediate danger to life – was put out in Devon before the River Mole burst its banks. This morning the storm system is unleashing rainwater in the Midlands, East Anglia and Wales as it moves further north. The highest recorded rainfall so far is in Exeter where 53mm fell but that could rise with 21 flood warnings and 30 flood alerts issued across southwestern England.

Wales – Homes were flooded and people evacuated after torrential rain hit Wales. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service reported 47 flooding incidents in Maesteg, 17 in Pencoed, 10 in Pontycymer, eight in Bridgend, seven in Ogmore Vale, seven in Pontllanfraith and six in Llantwit Major on Sunday.

Global Warming

How Climate Change is Drastically Changing All Life on Earth

A new study reveals that human-induced climate change, which results in temperature changes worldwide, have drastically affected the genes and ecosystems of lifeforms on Earth.

According to a study published in the journal Science, the study from the Wildlife Conservation Society, found that from the 94 ecological processes that serve as the foundation of healthy ecosystems on earth – from sea to land – 80 percent of which shows signs of distress due to climate change.

Genes are changing, species’ physiology and physical features such as body size are changing, species are rapidly moving to keep track of suitable climate space, and there are now signs of entire ecosystems under stress.

The study notes that this distress in ecosystems and species could greatly affect humans. These impacts from climate change include disease outbreaks, reduced fish and agricultural harvests, as well as increased pests.

Drought

Disease

Zimbabwe reports typhoid outbreak in Masvingo

Health authorities in the south-eastern Zimbabwe town of Masvingo are reporting an outbreak of the bacterial infection, typhoid, where four cases were admitted to the local hospital. “We can confirm that four cases of typhoid have been recorded in the city of Masvingo. We suspect the outbreak has been caused by the lack of water treatment facilities”, a Masvingo Provincial Hospital official noted.

Tanzania: Anthrax

An outbreak of the bacterial disease, anthrax, has killed some 90 wildebeests and 15 gazelles in the Selela section of Monduli district in northeastern Tanzania, according to local media accounts. According to Monduli District Commissioner Idd Kimanta, the case counts are based on the number of carcasses discovered; however, based on the movement of the animals, it is likely that the case count may rise.