Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.6 earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5,1 earthquake hits Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Leslie is located about 1035 mi…1665 km wsw of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…sse or 155 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Hurricane Michael is located about 395 mi…635 km s of Panama City Florida and about 365 mi…590 km s of Apalachicola Florida with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 345 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Depression Fifteen is located about 475 mi…760 km sw of the southernmost Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Sergio is located about 1255 mi…2020 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h. Present movement…ne or 50 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 05a (Luban), located approximately 416 nm east- southeast of Salalah, Oman, is tracking west-northwestward at 06 knots.

Tropical Cyclone Six is located approximately 255 nm southeast of Visakhapatnam, India, is tracking north-northwestward at 02 knots.

NewsBytes:

Nicaragua – A major mopping-up operation is under way in Nicaragua following widespread flooding which left thousands homeless. The government has set up shelters for Nicaraguans who lost their homes and are providing them with food and supplies.

Texas, USA – Rescue crews in boats and helicopters were searching Monday for at least four people missing since flooding from heavy rain washed away a recreational vehicle park in a small West Texas city. In all, at least a dozen RVs were washed away by the flooding. Nineteen other people have been rescued, some by boat and some from the air by helicopter crews. A flood warning is in effect for the Llano River from Llano downstream to Kingsland after torrential rainfall early yesterday morning created a major flood on the river in Junction. A couple dozen people were rescued, and others are reported missing.

Global Warming

Global warming changing the ecosystem at top of Mount Fuji

The effects of global warming are enabling seed plants, including an alien species, to take root and spread in the harsh conditions around the summit of Mount Fuji.

Warmer temperatures at the 3,776-meter-high peak have allowed plant roots to survive the coldest months of winter, a long-time observer said, adding that some of the seeds have been carried on the shoes and clothing of hikers.

Previously, only lichens and mosses had been found around the summit of Mount Fuji, and seeds accidentally brought to the peak did not survive and are believed to have died.

Disease

African Swine Fever – China

China’s northeastern province of Liaoning has reported new cases of African swine fever, the agriculture ministry said on Monday. The outbreak was confirmed on pig farms in several villages in Yingkou city, Liaoning province, killing 93 pigs and infecting 334, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement published on its website.