Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits the central east Pacific rise.

5.1 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical Cyclone (tc) 04s (Bouchra), located approximately 495 nm northwest of Cocos Island, Australia, is tracking southeastward at 04 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 07b (Gaja), located approximately 360 nm east of Chennai, India, is tracking westward at 10 knots.

NewsBytes:

Russia: Flood Report – Due to heavy rains and storms starting on 24 October 2018, a total of 2,545 houses of Krasnodar Krai (region) of Russia were flooded, affecting tens of thousands of people. With over 200,000 inhabitants living in the disaster-hit areas, the governor of Krasnodar Krai declared a state of emergency on 25 October. The local authorities started the response and relief operation immediately and 600 people were evacuated from the flooded houses.

Malaysia – Parts of Lawas district in northern-most Sarawak were hit by flash floods in the predawn hours of Tuesday. A trunk road – Jalan Trusan – and Kg Siang Siang were inundated by a metre of water following heavy rain and rising river waters. So far no evacuations had been ordered.

Wildlife

As Arctic ship traffic increases, narwhals and other unique animals are at risk

More than a century ago, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first European to navigate the entire Northwest Passage. Due to the short Arctic summer, it took Amundsen’s 70-foot wooden sailing ship three years to make the journey, wintering in protected harbors.

Fast-forward to summer 2016, when a cruise ship carrying more than 1,000 passengers negotiated the Northwest Passage in 32 days. The summer “open-water” period in the Arctic has now increased by more than two months in some regions. Summer sea ice cover has shrunk by over 30 percent since satellites started regular monitoring in 1979.

Arctic seas are home to a specialized group of marine mammals found nowhere else on Earth, including beluga and bowhead whales, narwhals, walruses, ringed and bearded seals and polar bears. These species are critical members of Arctic marine ecosystems, and provide traditional resources to Indigenous communities across the Arctic.

According to ecologists, all of these animals are susceptible to sea ice loss. Research at lower latitudes has also shown that marine mammals can be affected by noise from vessels because of their reliance on sound, as well as by ship strikes. These findings raise concerns about increasing vessel traffic in the Arctic.

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Disease

Measles – Thailand

Thailand health officials are working to contain a measles outbreak in the southern provinces, in which some 1,500 cases have been reported, including 12 deaths.

Dengue Fever – Senegal

As of 3 November 2018, the cumulative number of suspected cases is 2,123, of which 216 are confirmed. Six regions are currently reporting confirmed cases: Diourbel (169), Fatick (34), St Louis (6), Dakar (3), Louga (3) and Thiès (1). So far, six cases have been hospitalized. One death of a confirmed case has been reported in the city of Touba in Diourbel Region.

Cholera – Nigeria

Cholera cases have jumped in northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram violence has forced tens of thousands of people to seek refuge in crowded camps, the Norwegian Refugee Council said on Monday. The humanitarian group said 10 000 people have been affected by the fast-spreading cholera outbreak and 175 people have died in the northeast states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe as of early November 2018.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits the North Atlantic Ocean.

5.0 earthquake hits Jujuy, Argentina.

5.0 earthquake hits the Mauritius-Reunion region.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical Cyclone (tc) 04s (Bouchra), located approximately 650 nm east of Diego Garcia, is tracking south-southeastward at 04 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 07b (Gaja), located approximately 627 nm south of Calcutta, India, is tracking south-southeastward at 02 knots.

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Global Warming

Germany – Drought

In Germany, a hot, dry summer has left water levels at near historic lows, and that problem is rippling across the entire economy. Scientists are blaming the effects of climate change for the extreme weather events causing the drought.

Declining shellfish – East Coast USA

Valuable species of shellfish have become harder to find on the East Coast because of degraded habitats caused by a warming environment, according to a pair of scientists that sought to find out whether environmental factors or overfishing was the source of the decline.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

As relatives desperately searched shelters for missing loved ones on Sunday, crews searching the smoking ruins of Paradise and outlying areas found six more bodies, raising the death toll to 29 in the town, matching the deadliest wildfire in California history. 228 people were still unaccounted for. Ten search and recovery teams were working in Paradise — a town of 27,000 that was largely incinerated on Thursday.

Wildfires continued to rage on both ends of the state, with gusty winds expected overnight which will challenge firefighters. The statewide death toll stood at 31. The Camp Fire that ravaged a swath of Northern California was the deadliest. More than 200,000 people have been evacuated and there are warnings more homes could be destroyed.

Drought, warmer weather attributed to climate change, and the building of homes deeper into forests have led to longer and more destructive wildfire seasons in California. While California officially emerged from a five-year drought last year, much of the northern two-thirds of the state is abnormally dry.

Disease

African swine fever found in animal feed – China

Major Chinese animal feed maker Tangrenshen Group reported on Sunday that feed produced by one of its units had been contaminated with African swine fever, raising fears of its spread further across the country.

This is the first reported contamination of feed supplies in China and increases the concerns for pig farmers trying to avoid the disease. It also raises the economic pressure on feed manufacturers already struggling with low margins and slowing demand.

Ebola – DR Congo

As the official death toll reaches 200, authorities are describing the current ebola outbreak in the DR Congo as the worst in its history, since the disease was identified in 1976.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits Manipur, India.

5.1 earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits the mid-Indian ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 03s (Alcide), located approximately 514 nm north-northwest of St. Denis, La Reunion, is tracking west-northwestward at 03 knots.

Tropical Cyclone (tc) 04s (Bouchra), located approximately 650 nm north of Cocos island, Australia, is tracking westward at 08 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 07b (Gaja), located approximately 558 nm south of Calcutta, India, is tracking westward at 06 knots.

NewsBytes:

Singapore – A heavy downpour led to flash floods in several parts of Singapore on Sunday afternoon, including along a stretch of the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway. This comes a day after flash floods hit parts of Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Batok in western Singapore, prompting investigations by national water agency PUB.

Israel – Rainfall throughout the day Friday caused flooding in a number of areas in the Judaean Desert and northern Negev. Flash flood alerts were issued for the Dead Sea area, specifically in riverbeds and other low laying areas.

Britain – More than 1,000 properties were left without power during heavy rain and wind which brought flooding and travel disruption. Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire saw the worst of the weather with some homes in Milford Haven under 10ft (3m) of water.

Global Warming

210 million people have been displaced by climate change, and that’s just the start.

The Earth, astronomers say, is a Goldilocks planet: not too hot, not too cold, plenty of water and with a hospitable atmosphere. It provides us with the perfect cradle for life. But even this vast, resilient system is struggling to cope with the demands of humans.

Recent headlines about our fast-degrading environment have been nothing short of apocalyptic. Humanity is causing a mass extinction event, with animal populations falling by an average of 60% since 1970, according to the World Wildlife Fund’s Living Planet Report.

The equivalent decline in human population would empty North America, South America, Africa, Europe, China and Oceania.

Although humans make up just 0.01% of all living things, we have wiped out 83% of all wild mammals and half of all plants since the dawn of civilisation. Even if the destruction was to end now, it would take at least five million years for the natural world to recover.

Worldwide, extreme weather events, violent storms, floods and wildfires are quickly increasing in frequency and severity because of the climate chaos our addiction to fossil fuels is causing.

These extremes have forced more than 21 million people from their homes each year since 2008 – around 59,600 people every day, 41 every minute.

Millions more have been forced from their homes, unable to access drinking water or grow food, because of so-called ‘slow onset events’ – rising sea levels or prolonged droughts.

It is the poorest nations on the frontlines of climate change, but there is no doubt that we will all suffer the impacts, and we have already begun to feel them.

In the UK, the Met Office has found that rising temperatures in our atmosphere are causing longer, hotter heatwaves and more erratic bursts of heavy rainfall – putting especially the elderly and weak at risk, and jeopardising agriculture, businesses and economic security.

Sweden this year was forced to call for international aid to tackle the wildfires that were raging within the Arctic Circle. Just last week, in Italy, storms flattened entire forests, washed away roads and devastated coastal towns.

These challenges are international in scope, scale and cause. We can’t solve them by operating alone either as communities or nations. We must work together to end our addiction to carbon and avoid massive global devastation.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.6 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.2 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 03s (Alcide), located approximately 472 nm north-northwest of St. Denis, La Reunion, is tracking northward at 01 knot.

Tropical Cyclone (tc) 04s (Four), located approximately 220 nm northwest of Cocos island, Australia, is tracking southward at 05 knots.

NewsBytes:

Jordan – At least 11 people, including a young girl, were killed as flash floods engulfed multiple cities in Jordan on Friday. Heavy downpours triggered the flash floods, forcing more than 3,500 international and domestic tourists to be evacuated from the tourist city of Petra in southern Jordan. Ongoing rainfall in the Daba’a region of southern Jordan also led to the closure of the desert highway in both directions. A large number of vehicles were left stranded as the highway flooded and traffic trapped those attempting to leave.

Wales – Flooding has continued to hit parts of Wales for a second day causing widespread travel disruption. There are amber and yellow warnings in place for wind and rain, with Pembrokeshire set to be worst hit by the severe weather. The M48 Severn Bridge has also been shut eastbound due to strong winds. Flooding has also blocked the railway line between Milford Haven and Haverfordwest which is expected to cause disruption until early Saturday.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

Billowing smoke and raging flames spread across California as wildfires in both northern and southern parts of the state injured people, forced evacuations and engulfed houses.

The Camp Fire has scorched over 28 square miles in Butte County, which is about 90 miles north of Sacramento, according to Cal Fire. Fire officials said some structures have been destroyed in addition to injuries.

In Southern California, the Hill Fire broke out Thursday afternoon and grew to 8,000 to 10,000 acres while jumping a major highway. Six people have been reported to have died, with at least 150 structures destroyed. Thousands of people have fled the flames.