Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.2 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.
5.2 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.
5.2 earthquake hits the Myanmar-India border.
5.1 earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.
5.1 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.
5.0 earthquake hits western Iran.
5.0 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 12s (Funani), located approximately 1210 nm southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southeastward at 20 knots.
Tropical cyclone 13s (Gelena), located approximately 403 nm east of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southeastward at 14 knots.
Tropical cyclone 14p (Neil), located approximately 369 nm southwest of Niue, is tracking south-southeastward at 15 knots.
Peru/Chile – Eight people have been killed across the Pacific coast of South America after heavy rain caused flooding and landslides. Three people died in Peru when mudslides hit two towns in the southern Arequipa region. Two workers were killed 50km away when another mudslide hit a mine in the Rio Grande Municipality. In Chile, three people were killed in the northern provinces of El Loa and Antofagasta after several days of thunderstorms submerged roads, damaged homes and destroyed bridges.
The U.N. weather agency announced that the last four years have been the warmest ever recorded since reliable measurements began.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) also says that the 20 warmest years in history occurred during the past 22 years.
The WMO went on to point out that the unprecedented warming continues this year, with Australia experiencing its hottest January on record.
“The degree of warming during the past four years has been exceptional, both on land and in the ocean,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.
Oceans to Change Color
The distinctive blue color that Earth presents to the universe may be altered by the end of this century due to effects of a warmer climate.
A team of U.S. and British researchers modeled how phytoplankton absorb and reflect light, and how the ocean’s color will change as global warming alters the composition of those microorganisms living in it.
The scientists predict that blue regions, such as the subtropics, will become more blue, while areas nearer the poles may turn a deeper green as warmer waters stimulate larger and more diverse blooms of phytoplankton.
“There will be a noticeable difference in the color of 50 percent of the ocean by the end of the 21st century,” said lead researcher Stephanie Dutkiewicz of MIT.
Hepatitis B – Florida, USA
In a follow-up on the hepatitis A outbreak in Florida that started last year, state health officials reported 189 hepatitis A cases in 26 counties in January 2019.