Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga. 

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands. 

5.0 Earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands-Turkey border region.

5.0 Earthquake hits southeastern Iran. 

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Greg is located about 1565 mi…2515 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Tropical Storm Irwin is located about 745 mi…1195 km SW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

Hurricane Hilary is located about 345 mi…560 km S of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 300 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Typoon 07w (Noru), located approximately 162 nm north-northwest of Minami Tori Shima, is tracking east-southeastward at 09 knots.

Tropical storm 09w (Kulap), located approximately 664 nm northwest of Minami Tori Shima, is tracking west-northwestward at 14 knots.

Tropical storm 08w (Sonca), located approximately 161 nm east-northeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 05 knots.

NewsBytes:

Kentucky, USA – Cars and a home were swept away in floodwaters after a bout of heavy rains pummeled parts of Northern Kentucky early Sunday. The flood waters were so powerful that they sent cars smashing into one another. A mobile home was also swept away by the floodwaters. 5 inches of rain were recorded in the Maysville area.

Global Warming

Climate change challenges sinking city of Venice

The Italian city of Venice is prone to frequent flooding because it has sunk five inches over the last century, but it is also grappling with a new challenge: sea-level rise, caused by climate change, which increases the severity.

“Acqua Alta,” meaning high water, has always been a fact of life here. Several times a year, high tides and storm surges flood the city, especially the famous Piazza San Marco. The worst flood occurred in November 1966, when the Venice lagoon rose more than six feet above sea level.

Acqua Alta events are usually less than boot high, last just a few hours, and the city cleans up and goes back to normal. But floods also eat away at the soft, permeable bricks that sit above the foundations of the buildings. Over time, Venetians have raised their doorways and in some cases abandoned their ground floors. But the flooding is getting worse as the water level in the Adriatic Sea and Venice Lagoon rises due to climate change. The sea level alone has risen five and half inches since 1900, according to city officials.

The Italian government does have a plan to protect Venice. It’s called the MOSE project. Conceived in the 1970s, it’s a series of 78 underwater gates secured to the floor of the Venice lagoon. During especially high tides, they will be pumped with air and rise to the surface to block rising water from reaching the city. Four giant barriers across three inlets are scheduled to be operational by 2019.

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Wildlife

New Species Of Sunfish

A new species of sunfish has been discovered for the first time in 130 years after washing up on a New Zealand beach. The two-tonne creature has been named Hoodwinker sunfish (Mola tecta) because of its elusiveness.

Iconic ocean sunfishes are the heaviest and most distinctive of all bony fishes, with some species weighing in excess of two tonnes and growing to three metres in length. The newly discovered species, named the Hoodwinker Sunfish, is thought to approach a similar size, researchers said. Marianne Nyegaard from Murdoch University in Australia uncovered the new species while researching the population genetics of ocean sunfish in the Indo-pacific region.

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