Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits Samoa.

5.0 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 01b (Fani), located approximately 108 nm southeast of Visapakhatnam, India, is tracking north-northeastward at 09 knots.

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Global Warming

Jakarta is Sinking into the Sea

The president of Indonesia wants to move the country’s capital, Jakarta, to another location off the main island of Java, in part because the city of more than 10 million is sinking into the sea, according to news reports.

The decision is in part due to research finding that parts of Jakarta will be completely submerged in just decades. The surrounding Java Sea is also rising as a result of climate change, though that’s not happening quite as quickly as the land is subsiding. Overcrowding and related traffic congestion — which has meant government ministers needing police escorts to get to meetings on time — also played roles in the decision to relocate the capital.


Wildfires – Mongolia

Local authorities declared that about 1,000 firefighters have been called to control a forest fire that erupted Tuesday in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

The fire erupted in the Haosengou forest farm in the city of Arxan of Hinggan League. An aerial survey revealed that the blaze spread is about 18 km wide, as 2 choppers have also been deployed in the battle the fire.


Yersinia enterocolitica – Denmark

Denmark health officials are reporting an outbreak of Yersinia enterocolitica and the Statens Serum Institut (SSI) is investigating the possible source. According to a Copenhagen Post report, 18 people, men and women, have become infected with the bacteria since Mar. 30.

The once common infection is not common in Denmark today. Yersiniosis is an infection caused most often by eating raw or undercooked pork contaminated with Yersinia enterocolitica bacteria.