Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.7 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.6 earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 earthquake hits near the coast of northern Peru.

5.1 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Komandorskiye Ostrova, Russia.

5.1 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

Two 5.1 earthquakes hit south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits northern Alaska.

5.0 earthquake hits the Red Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Volcano Islands off Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 17s (Haleh), located approximately 680 nm southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking south-southwestward at 12 knots.

NewsBytes:

Afghanistan – Update – The death toll in the Afghan floods has risen to 59 with more than 15 300 people either homeless or affected by the floods. 143 people were injured and many are still missing.

Greece – Flooding in the town of Halkida on the island of Evia over the past few days has prompted residents to evacuate their homes and authorities to declare a state of emergency. According to local news reports, the floods wreaked havoc in the areas of Dokos, Aghia Eleousa and Liani Ammos, damaging dozens of homes, farmland and infrastructure, as well as scores of businesses whose stock and merchandise were destroyed.

Indonesia – Up to 143 neighborhood units (RT) were flooded after heavy rains lashed the capital on Tuesday, the Jakarta administration said. The floods occurred in 30 subdistricts in North and West Jakarta, with water levels reaching as high as 80 centimeters.

Global Warming

Climate change is reshaping Australia’s forests

Australia’s forests are being reshaped by climate change as droughts, heatwaves, rising temperatures and bushfires drive ecosystems towards collapse, ecologists have told Guardian Australia. Trees are dying, canopies are getting thinner and the rate that plants produce seeds is falling. Ecologists have long predicted that climate change would have major consequences for Australia’s forests. Now they believe those impacts are unfolding.

According to the 2018 State of the Climate Report, produced by CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology, large parts of the country are experiencing increases in weather patterns favourable to fires. The report found that rainfall has dropped in the south-east and south-west of the country, temperatures have warmed by an average of 1C, and a “shift to a warmer climate in Australia is accompanied by more extreme daily heat events”.

In one large shrub species – the south-western native Hooker’s banksia – researchers found seed production has halved in the last 30 years. They say the idea that Australia’s forests are well adapted to the country’s variable climate and can withstand fire and drought, is incorrect. “A big misapprehension is that these things are climatologically flexible, but they’re just not”, explaining that Australia’s dominant eucalypts have “fine-tuned their life history around assumptions of fire frequency”, but “climate change is just blowing that up”.Screen Shot 2019 03 07 at 2 17 44 PM