Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits the northern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits north of Svalbard.

5.0 earthquake hits central Peru.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Dorian is located about 40 mi…70 km ne of Freeport Grand Bahama island andabout 110 mi…175 km ene of West Palm Beach Florida with maximum sustained winds…120 mph…195 km/h. Present movement…nw or 325 degrees at 1 mph…2 km/h.

Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven is located about 200 mi…320 km e of La Pesca Mexico and about 225 mi…360 km ene of Tampico Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…w or 260 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Juliette is located about 25 mi…40 km se of Clarion island Mexico and about 440 mi…710 km sw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…120 mph…195 km/h. Present movement…nw or 310 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 15w (Lingling), located approximately 396 nm south-southwest of Kadena AFB, Japan is tracking northward at 09 knots.

Tropical depression 14w (Fourteen), located approximately 1601 nm southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking westward at 12 knots.

Tropical depression 16w (Kajiki), located approximately 21 nm north-northwest of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking east- northeastward at 09 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Central African Republic – The city of Paoua and Poumadji village experienced floods overnight from 19 to 20 August 2019. These floods caused significant material and human damage. One death and five injuries have been recorded. Nearly 295 houses were destroyed.

Caribbean – Hurricane Dorian, the most powerful hurricane to hit the Bahamas in recorded history, has slowed to a crawl and is pounding the island of Grand Bahama with catastrophic winds and torrential rainfall. The beast of a storm has weakened slightly and is currently packing maximum sustained winds of 155 mph ( 250 km/h). The devastating Category 4 storm has been slowly passing over the main island in the Bahamas, about 110 miles (180 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach, Florida, and is moving toward the west at a sluggish 1 mph (2 km/h).

Hurricane Dorian unleashed massive flooding across the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with so much wind and water that authorities urged people to find floatation devices and grab hammers to break out of their attics if necessary. At least five deaths were blamed on the storm. The fearsome Category 4 storm slowed almost to a standstill as it shredded roofs, hurled cars and forced even rescue crews to take shelter until the onslaught passed. A radio station received more than 2,000 distress messages, including reports of a 5-month-old baby stranded on a roof and a grandmother with six grandchildren who cut a hole in a roof to escape rising floodwaters.

Afghanistan – Flash floods in the central province of Parwan on Sunday evening left one dead and two others injured, local officials said. The flash floods happened in Tajikan area in Jabal Saraj district near the Salang Pass.

Global Warming

Geese Change Migration Routes due to Global Warming

Geese which winter in Britain before flying to the Arctic to breed each summer are changing their migration route in response to climate change, researchers have found.

Scientists studying the habits of barnacle geese, which spend the winter months in large numbers on Britain’s coast, found that the birds were flying further north far into the Arctic Circle each spring to fatten up en route to their Norwegian summer breeding grounds.

The study is one of the first provide solid evidence that animals are adapting their long-established behaviour to cope with the effects of global warming.

Wildlife

Great Barrier Reef Outlook now ‘Very Poor”

The Great Barrier Reef’s long-term outlook has been dropped from “poor” to “very poor” in a new report that calls for urgent action on climate change and other threats to the natural wonder.

Rising sea temperatures and marine heat waves are doing the most damage to the reef’s health, according to the report written by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Josh Thomas, the group’s CEO, called this a “critical” point in the reef’s history, saying its future depends on action taken now. If nothing is done to stop the current rate of global warming, the reef will be irreparably damaged for future generations. The finding comes from an analysis of data from scientific institutions, research centres, industry and government agencies – and is the culmination of two years of expert workshops.

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