Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits southeast of the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.8 Earthquake hits eastern Turkey.

5.5 Earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.1 Earthquake hits Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits west of Macquarie island.

5.0 Earthquake hits Panay in the Philippines.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Depression Greg is located about 1065 mi…1715 km E of South Point Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…NW or 305 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Hurricane Irwin is located about 905 mi…1455 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…80 mph…130 km/h. Present movement…WSW or 255 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

Hurricane Hilary is located about 460 mi…740 km S of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 07w (Noru), located approximately 327 nm north-northeast of Minami Tori Shima, is tracking northwestward at 13 knots.

Tropical Depression 09w (Kulap), located approximately 475 nm north-northwest of Minami Tori Shima, is tracking west-southwestward at 11 knots.

Tropical storm 11w (Nesat), located approximately 427 nm east-northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking northward at 04 knots.


Illinois, USA – Severe thunderstorms that brought heavy rain, hail and strong winds to northern Illinois on Monday and Tuesday have exacerbated recent flooding in some areas. The storms caused flood levels to rise, just as they were starting to go down.

Global Warming

Alien species invasions and global warming a ‘deadly duo’, warn scientists

Invasions by alien species and global warming form a “deadly duo”, scientists have warned, with the march of Argentine ants in the UK a new example. The public are being asked to be on alert for invaders such as the raccoon dog and Asian hornet, as eradication can be near impossible after a species becomes established.

As trade and human travel has become globalised many thousands of species have crossed oceans or mountain ranges and become established in new regions. Recent research shows that ever more animals and plants are finding their way to foreign lands and that invasive species are a “primary threat” to economies, human wellbeing and wildlife.

For example, the Argentine ant is a species that has some indoor populations in London [and elsewhere], but in the last couple of years we have seen those indoor populations spread outdoors. A little bit more climate warming for the UK and we could see the Argentine ant settling in very well.

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Nature – Images

Interesting Images

Wild rabbits surf on sheep to stay alive after a flood strikes New Zealand. Animals riding on others is not unusual in nature in 2015 an image of a weasel riding on a woodpecker went viral.

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Wildfires – Southern France

Parts of the French Riviera were evacuated late Tuesday and into Wednesday as forest fires burned swathes of land and threatened thousands of people, according to local police.

More than 10,000 residents and tourists were moved after a forest fire started near the coastal commune of Bormes-les-Mimosas, around 40 km (nearly 25 miles) from Toulon, one of the country’s southernmost towns.

A combination of strong Mistral winds and a lack of rain have fueled the fires, which took hold in the French Riviera and on the island of Corsica, off the southern French coast.

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