Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka, Russia.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Barbara is located about 1040 mi…1670 km e of Hilo Hawaii and about 1910 mi…3075 km w of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

Tropical Storm Cosme is located about 670 mi…1075 km sw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h, Present movement…wnw or 300 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

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Wildlife

Iguanas Take Over Florida, USA

Iguanas thrive in warmer weather. And now Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has issued a notice encouraging homeowners to “kill green iguanas on their own property whenever possible.”

A proliferation of iguanas comes with a host of problems biologists say, including erosion, degradation of infrastructure (such as canal banks, sea walls, building foundations), and harm to landscaping and indigenous plants.

According to scientists, climate change is helping iguanas spread further north and more quickly. Between 2000 and 2018, for example, Grand Cayman island saw its iguana population expand from almost none to an estimated 1.6 million. Now, Florida is trying to take control before things in the state become similarly explosive.

Disease

Ebola – DR Congo – Update

Deaths from the 11-month-old epidemic of Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have crossed the 1,600 mark and a new fatality has been reported near the border with Uganda, the health ministry said on Friday. As of Thursday, the health authorities had recorded 2,382 cases of Ebola, of which 1,606 had been fatal.