Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

8.2 earthquake hits Fiji.

A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it did not cause any damage, authorities in Fiji said. The US Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami. The quake’s depth at 560 km would have dampened the shaking at the surface.

6.8 earthquake his Fiji.

6.3 earthquake hits Fiji.

6.2 earthquake hits the Lombok region, Indonesia.

6.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.8 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.8 earthquake hits the Volcano Islands off Japan.

5.6 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.6 earthquake hits the Panama-Colombia border.

5.5 earthquake hits Fiji.

Three 5.4 earthquakes hit Fiji.

5.4 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands, New Zealand.

5.3 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.2 earthquake hits France.

5.2 earthquake hits the Lombok region, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits the southern East Pacific rise.

5.1 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua new Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Volcano Islands off Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand.

5.0 earthquake hits Serbia.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits Costa Rica.

5.0 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 22w (Soulik), located approximately 142 nm west of Iwo To, Japan, is tracking west-southwestward at 04 knots.

Tropical storm 23w (Cimaron), located approximately 308 nm east of Saipan, is tracking west-northwestward at 12 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Lane is located about 970 mi…1560 km ese of Hilo Hawaii and about 1180 mi…1900 km ese of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…125 mph…205 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

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Global Warming

Arctic lakes speed up permafrost thawing, global warming: study

A new study found that a relatively less known process called abrupt thawing might speed up Arctic permafrost’s expected gradual thawing and then the release of greenhouse gases.

The abrupt thawing takes place under a certain type of Arctic lake, known as a thermokarst lake that forms as permafrost thaws, according to the study published on Friday in the journal Nature Communications.

Its impact on the climate is an influx of permafrost-derived methane into the atmosphere in the mid-21st century, which is not currently accounted for in climate projections.

The Arctic landscape stores one of the largest natural reservoirs of organic carbon in the world in its frozen soils. Once thawed, soil microbes in the permafrost can turn that carbon into the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane.

American and German researchers found that abrupt thawing more than doubles previous estimates of permafrost-derived greenhouse warming.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA – Update

Firefighters have made steady progress in containing some of California’s largest and most destructive wildfires.

The Carr Fire has burned more than 224,000 acres and is 79 percent contained.

The Mendocino Complex Fires have cumulatively burned more than 331,000 acres and is 76 percent contained.

The Holy Fire in Orange County has burned nearly 23,000 acres and is 85 percent contained.

Disease

E Coli – Sweden

Swedish health officials (Folkhalsomyndigheten) report investigating an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that has sickened more than 50 people to date. The cases have been reported from several counties, but mostly from Uppsala and Västra Götaland. Both children and adults have fallen ill.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 earthquake hits the Flores Sea.

6.1 earthquake hits Costa Rica.

5.5 earthquake hits the Volcano Islands, Japan.

5.3 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.2 earthquake hits the Volcano Islands, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Volcano Islands, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits northern Xinjiang, China.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Post-Tropical Cyclone Ernesto is located about 1020 mi…1640 km nne of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…ene or 60 degrees at 35 mph…56 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 22w (Soulik), located approximately 66 nm west of Iwo To, Japan, is tracking northward at 03 knots.

Tropical storm 23w (Twenty-three), located approximately 401 nm north of Oroluk, is tracking northwestward at 08 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Lane is located about 1310 mi…2110 km ese of Hilo Hawaii and about 1930 mi…3105 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…130 mph…215 km/h, Present movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Spain, UK – The Costa Blanca has been submerged under water after parts of Spain were swallowed up by flash floods following a severe weather warning that brought a swift end to the summer heatwave. The huge downpour saw drains become blocked with thick, muddy water that went on as far as the eye can see. As Storm Ernesto swoops across Britain from the US, bringing with it gale force winds and torrential rain the blast could mark the end of summer altogether. Ernesto has been travelling across the Atlantic Ocean at speeds of 40mph, as the subtropical storm smashes into the UK weather system. Showers, high pressure and conditions will arrive bringing severe storm conditions to the UK.

Wildlife

Red Tide – Florida, USA

Marine life in southwest Florida is dying en masse in the worst “red tide” the state has seen since 2006. The toxic algae and seaweed are also hurting tourism and making people sick. The tide, which began in October, stretches across 150 miles of southwest Florida’s shoreline. The toxic algae stay in the seaweed even after the red tide comes to an end. As a result, 267 tons of marine life, including fish, sea turtles, dolphins, and very large sharks, have washed up on Florida’s beaches.

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Disease

Ebola – Democratic Republic of the Congo – Update

On 1 August 2018, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the town of Mangina, Mabalako Health Zone, North Kivu Province. Confirmed cases have since between reported from Beni and Mandima health zones, Ituri Province; however, all confirmed exposures and transmission events to date have been linked back to the outbreak epi-centre, Mangina. North Kivu and Ituri are among the most populated provinces in the country, share borders with Uganda and Rwanda, and experience conflict and insecurity, with over one million internally displaced people and migration of refugees to neighbouring countries.

As of 15 August 2018, 78 EVD cases (51 confirmed and 27 probable), including 44 deaths, have been reported.1 Since 9 August, 34 new confirmed cases have been reported: seven from Ituri Province (Mandima Health Zone) and 27 from North Kivu Province (one in Beni and 26 in Mabalako health zones). The 78 confirmed or probable cases reside in five health zones in North Kivu and one health zone in Ituri. The majority of cases (39 confirmed and 21 probable) have been reported from Mangina in Mabalako Health Zone. As of 15 August, 24 suspected cases are currently pending laboratory testing to confirm or exclude EVD.

Eight new confirmed cases among health care workers have been reported, bringing the total number of infected health care workers to 10 (nine confirmed and one probable deceased case).

Cholera – West Africa’s Lake Chad Basin

More than 20,000 cholera cases have been confirmed in the Lake Chad Basin states of Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon since January.

In its latest epidemiological analysis of the regional cholera outbreak, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said 255 deaths have been reported since January. “This is 8 times more than the average cholera case-load in the past four years. Nigeria is the most affected, with 18,000 cases. The outbreak has spread into neighboring Cameroon and Niger.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 earthquake hits the Volcano Islands off Japan.

6.3 earthquake hits the Volcano Islands off Japan.

5.2 earthquake hits the Andreanof islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits southern Italy.

Island Rises

Satellite images reveal that the Indonesian island of Lombok was lifted upward by 10 inches in some places during the devastating Aug. 5 temblor that killed more than 460 people.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Ernesto is located about 715 mi…1145 km nw of the Azores and about 800 mi…1290 km e of Cape Race Newfoundland with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…ne or 50 degrees at 25 mph…41 km/h.

Invest 99L is an area of disturbed weather in the Atlantic Ocean that had the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 20w (Bebinca), located approximately 99 nm south-southwest of Hanoi, Vietnam, is tracking west-southwestward at 10 knots.

Tropical storm 21w (Rumbia), located approximately 41 nm west of Shanghai, China, is tracking northwestward at 12 knots.

Typhoon 22w (Soulik), located approximately 111 nm south-southwest of Iwo To, Japan, is tracking north-northwestward at 16 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Lane is located about 1620 mi…2610 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California and about 1675 mi…2695 km ese of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…80 mph…130 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

NewsBytes:

India – With the death toll in the devastating floods rising to 167 in Kerala, and more than one lakh people living in relief camps across the state, the Centre on Thursday deployed all three wings of the armed forces in a massive rescue operation. Torrential rains, overflowing rivers and a series of landslides have cut off vast swathes of land in the state. The Kochi International Airport has been shut till Aug 26 and Southern Railway and Kochi Metro have suspended their operations. On Thursday reports of 47 deaths came in mostly from Malappuram, Kozhikode, Palakkad, Thrissur and Pathanamthitta where rivers are in spate since August 8.

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Environment

California Logs Its Hottest Month Ever

As wildfires burn huge swaths of California, the month of July blazed through climate records. It was not only the hottest July in California’s history, but it was also the state’s hottest month ever, according to a new report issued Wednesday (Aug. 15) by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Wildlife

Kangaroo Invasion

Some of the Australian capital’s frostiest and driest wintertime weather on record has sent mobs of kangaroos hopping into town from the surrounding countryside in search of food.

Very little rain around Canberra during June and July has left hardly any fresh vegetation for the marsupials to eat. So the few remaining green lawns, sports fields and schoolyards in the city have proven to be irresistible to the roos.

A lone kangaroo halted play twice at a soccer field during a National Premier League match in Canberra.

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Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 119 degrees Fahrenheit (48.3 degrees Celsius) in Death Valley, California.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 89.0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 67.2 degrees Celsius) at Vostok, Antarctica.

Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.

Wildfires

Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

The Canadian province of British Columbia has declared a state of emergency as thousands of firefighters battle more than 500 wildfires with little relief in sight.

About 566 wildfires are currently burning across the west coast province, prompting the evacuation of some 3,000 people. Another 18,000 residents have been warned that they may have to flee their homes at a moment’s notice.

So far this year more than 1,800 fires have charred some 380,000 hectares (939,000 acres), making it the province’s fourth worst fire season since it began keeping track in 1950.

The fires have left a wide swath of western Canada, including metro Vancouver, blanketed in a thick layer of smoke and haze. Public health officials are warning residents in some regions to avoid strenuous exercise and stay indoors as much as possible.