Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.6 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.5 Earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

A moderate earthquake that struck close to the Earth’s surface killed eight people and injured more than 20 others in far western China on Thursday, the region’s earthquake administration said.

5.4 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Azerbaijan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Indian Ocean Triple Junction.

5.0 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the East Pacific: Tropical Depression Adrian is located about 385 mi…615 km SSE of Salina Cruz Mexico with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

In the South Pacific: Tropical cyclone 19p (Ella), located approximately 358 nm northeast of Suva, Fiji, is tracking westward at 02 knots.

Tropical Cyclone (18p) Donna is dissipating.

NewsBytes:

Kenya – Five people have died in various parts of Kwale County after they were swept away by raging floods as heavy rains continue pounding the Coast region. The deaths bring the number of people killed by floods in the region since Monday to 14.

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Global Warming

Glacier National Park Is Losing Its Glaciers

Glacier National Park is losing its namesake glaciers and new research shows just how quickly: Over the past 50 years, 39 of the parks glaciers have shrunk dramatically, some by as much as 85 percent.

Of the 150 glaciers that existed it the park in the late 19th century, only 26 remain.

The pristine, 1 million-acre park sits along the border with Canada in Montana and has long been a poster child for climate change in U.S. national parks. Side-by-side photo comparisons show in the starkest terms just how far some glaciers have retreated, with some only reduced to small nubs of ice.

The retreat has happened as temperatures in the region have risen by 1.5°F since 1895 as heat-trapping greenhouse gases have continued to accumulate in the atmosphere.

A 2014 study found that it is this human-caused warming that accounts for the bulk of worldwide glacier loss over the past few decades.

Boulder Glacier with visitors in 1932 and bare land in 1988. The ice has shrunk so much that it’s no longer considered an active glacier.

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Nature – Images

Interesting Images

Rare ‘Dragon-Skin’ Ice Spotted During Antarctic Research Voyage. “Dragon skin” had not been seen in Antarctica since 2007, according to researchers.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Siberia

The total area engulfed by wildfires in Russia’s Siberia has grown to 1,800 hectares, with most the fires reported from the TransBaikal Territory, the Russian Aerial Forest Protection Service reported on Thursday.

“Forest fires in Siberia are raging on an area of about 1,800 hectares. Most of the wildfires are reported from the TransBaikal Territory (1,100 hectares). The area consumed by wildfires in the Irkutsk region stands at about 550 hectares, in the republic of Tuva – 70 hectares, and in the Tomsk region – 43 hectares,” the service said.

Disease

Portugal hepatitis A outbreak

In a follow-up on the hepatitis A outbreak in Portugal, the outbreak that began earlier this year has grown to 242 cases, according to a local media report. This is up from 138 cases one month ago.

South Africa malaria update

In an update on the malaria situation in South Africa, in the Limpopo Province, malaria transmission is ongoing, mainly in Mopani and Vhembe Districts, with some increase in cases in adjacent areas of the northern Kruger National Park. However, the number of new cases of malaria in the province is starting to decline.

In Mpumalanga Province, a malaria outbreak has been declared in the Bushbuckridge area related to increased numbers of malaria cases.

There are a number of reasons for the increase in malaria transmission in recent weeks. The malaria areas of South Africa are prone to epidemics because of the seasonal nature of malaria in the region. The current situation is due to a combination of increased rainfall and temperatures, and reduced insecticide spray coverage in some areas has probably contributed.

Vector control by indoor spraying is expensive and labor-intensive, and the malaria control program has to adjust its spraying activities according to available budget, and because certain areas have been effectively cleared of malaria for a number of years. However, they still remain at risk of outbreaks if circumstances are favorable for the vectors.

Foot and Mouth Disease: Cambodia

Authorities in Svay Rieng province on Wednesday said the latest outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease had been brought under control by timely treatment, though their numbers on how many cows the contagious virus had infected varied wildly.

Meas Sok, chief of Svay Chrum district’s Chhoeuteal commune, said about 200 cows were infected beginning last month and that speedy vaccinations had since brought the number down to 30.