Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand.

5.2 earthquake hits the Azores.

5.0 earthquake hits Palau.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Costa Rica.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Henriette is located about 265 mi…430 km sw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 295 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 11w (Krosa) is located approximately 236 nm west-northwest of Iwo To, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 10 knots.

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NewsBytes:

India – The death toll from a fresh spell of monsoon-driven floods in India has jumped to 190 and affected more than a million residents, officials said on Monday. Heavy rain and landslides have also forced hundreds of thousands of people in southern and western India to take shelter in relief camps, while train services were canceled in several flood-hit areas. Officials warned that fuel shortages were widespread in districts that were cut off from larger cities. The states of Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat were the worst-hit, but others like Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Goa and Andhra Pradesh have also reported flooding.

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Wildlife

Droves of Blacktip Sharks Are Summering in Long Island for the First Time

Sharks making their annual northward migration from Florida have a new summer vacation destination: Long Island.

Blacktip sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus), which range from 4 to 8 feet (1.2 to 2.4 meters) long, spend much of the year in Florida before heading north to cooler waters. In the past, the Carolinas were the sharks’ destination of choice. But not anymore. Because of climate change, the waters off North and South Carolina are no longer cool enough in the summer. So blacktips are seeking waters farther north — and Long Island fits the bill.

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Space Events

Perseid Meteor Shower

It’s that time of year again, when the spectacular Perseid meteor shower rains fire across the night sky. The days-long fireball fiesta is expected to peak this evening with an estimated 80 shooting stars per hour at its height. Widely seen as one of the most entertaining celestial events of the year, the Perseids meteor shower is caused by meteoroids from the debris trail of the Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle which orbits the sun once every 133 years.

Those in the Northern Hemisphere will be treated to the best views, provided they can escape the light pollution from towns and cities. The moon will frustrate proceedings somewhat as a full moon is due on Thursday, meaning the sky will likely be washed out for the majority of viewers, but fear not, as the Perseids have an ace up their sleeve. Instead of shooting stars, stargazers can hunt for bright ‘fireballs’ which can last up to a second rather than merely fractions of a second like their shooting star brethren.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Canary Islands

Wildfires are raging in Spain’s Canary Islands. About 400 residents were evacuated on Sunday (August 11) from several neighborhoods in Gran Canaria as a huge wildfire spread close to a National Park and in an area popular with holidaymakers.

Wildfires – Australia

A bush fire north of Crescent Head near Loftus Rd has burnt through 850 hectares of bushland since Saturday. Around 70 firefighters have attended the blaze, with crews working around the clock to bring the fire under control and protect properties in the vicinity of Loftus Rd and Richardsons Crossing on Saturday and Sunday.

Disease

Dengue Fever – Marshall Islands

With the reporting of over 100 probable and confirmed dengue fever cases, the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (GRMI) issued a State of Health Emergency due to a dengue fever outbreak on Ebeye island.

According to the declaration, the current circulating strain is dengue type 3, which is different to the previous outbreak in 2011 (a dengue type 4 outbreak when over 1600 cases were reported), which increases the health risks for those who contract the illness a second time.