Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits near the coast of central Peru.

5.3 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 earthquake hits central Peru.

5.1 earthquake hits the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 11s (Riley), located approximately 398 nm northeast of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking westward at 06 knots.

NewsBytes:

Indonesia – Floods and landslides in a central Indonesian province hit by torrential rains this week have killed 30 people and left more than two dozen missing, the national disaster agency said Thursday. Ten districts and cities in South Sulawesi province including the capital, Makassar, have been affected by flooding that began late Tuesday, forcing more than 3,000 people to flee their homes.S of the victims had been electrocuted while others were buried by landslides.

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Environment

Doomsday Clock Hovers at 2 Minutes to ‘Midnight’

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Humanity might be running out of time to turn away from a path toward our utter annihilation — at least, according to the hypothetical Doomsday Clock.

Experts with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) updated the imaginary timepiece, which measures the proximity of humanity’s destruction based on the position of the clock’s hands relative to midnight — the hour of the impending apocalypse.

Last year the Doomsday Clock’s hands were set at 2 minutes to midnight, the closest it had ever been to “doomsday.” And, citing similar risks of humanity’s destruction, BAS representatives announced today that the clock will remain at 2 minutes to midnight.

But even though the clock’s hands haven’t moved, the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the relentless progress of climate change — aided by widespread misinformation and fake news — are still a cause for grave concern, BAS representatives declared at a press event.

South Australia heatwave

Temperatures in southern Australian neared 48 degrees on Thursday, shattering previous records as sizzling citizens received free beer to help weather heatwave of historic proportions.

The Bureau of Meteorology reported temperatures of 47.9 Celsius (118 Fahrenheit) north of Adelaide, while inside the city temperatures reached 46.2 Celsius, a fraction above a record that had stood since 1939.

More than 13 towns across South Australia have smashed their own heat records, with some of the state forecast to see temperatures of 50 degrees by the end of the day.

Wildlife

Spider ‘Rain’

Residents in a rural area of Brazil’s Minas Gerais state reported being alarmed after seeing spiders “raining” from the sky, which experts say was due to the region’s hot and humid weather.

While it did appear as if the arachnids were falling from above, experts said they were actually hanging in a giant web to catch prey.

Parawixia bistriata is a rare “social” spider that nests in a giant ball during the day in vegetation. It emerges at night to catch small insects and even birds in its nearly invisible but massive webs.

Nature – Images

Interesting Images

A trio of spinetail devil rays in a rarely-seen courtship display.

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A quartet of stand-up paddleboarders is silhouetted against the sunset at a shallow pristine reef in Ha’apai, Tonga.

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Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 121 degrees Fahrenheit (49.4 degrees Celsius) in Port Augusta, South Australia.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 63.0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 52.8 degrees Celsius) at Toko, Siberia.

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 – Australia

Homes and lives are under threat from an out-of-control bushfire in Victoria’s East Gippsland region, with residents in some areas told it is too late to leave.

The blaze, 10km north of Timbarra, is burning southeast in the direction of Timbarra Settlement and Gillinga, and an east to W Tree and Butchers Ridge.

It grew from 400 hectares this morning to more than 5500 hectares by about 5.30pm, and is just 3-4km from W Tree and Butchers Ridge.