Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits southeast of Easter Island.

5.3 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.2 earthquake hits Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania.

5.1 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Batan Islands in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Dorian is located about 375 mi…600 km n of Cape Race Newfoundland with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…ene or 60 degrees at 24 mph…39 km/h.

Tropical Storm Gabrielle is located about 1170 mi…1885 km w of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…nne or 15 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Typhoon Faxai, located approximately 181 nm northeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 16 knots.

NewsBytes:

Morocco – On Sunday, September 8, floods caused a bus connecting Casablanca and Rissani, a town in Errachidia Province, to fall off the Oued Damchan bridge. 11 people are reported to have died in the accident.

Laos – Lao officials and military personnel last week used aircraft and trucks of the Lao People’s Army to deliver emergency supplies including drinking water, food, boats, tents and household essentials to six southern provinces devastated by floods. Tropical depression Podul and other weather systems that have passed over southern and central Laos since the end of August unleashed torrential rain, causing widespread flooding in southern Lao provinces of Khammuan, Savannakhet, Attapeu, Salavan, Champasak and Sekong.

Global Warming

As Earth faces climate catastrophe, US set to open nearly 200 power plants

Powerful hurricanes. Record-breaking heatwaves. Droughts that bring ruin to farmers. Raging forest fires. The mass die-off of the world’s coral reefs. Food scarcity.

To avoid a climate change apocalypse, carbon dioxide emissions need to fall by as much as 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, according to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Instead, utilities and energy companies are continuing to invest heavily in carbon-polluting natural gas. USA TODAY compiled its own list of 177 planned and proposed natural gas plants through August, using data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, which tracks power plants that have been officially announced, and the Sierra Club, which tracks proposed plants.

Of those, 152 have a scheduled opening date of between 2019 and 2033, though only 130 have specific locations chosen. An additional 25 are part of companies’ long-term planning processes and don’t have estimated opening dates yet.

The plants are a mix of large-scale installations meant to provide lots of electricity much of the day and smaller plants used for short periods when demand for energy is particularly high.

Texas has the most proposed plants, with 26. Next is Pennsylvania with 24, North Carolina with 12, Florida with 10, California with nine and Montana with eight.

There are close to 2,000 natural gas plants now in service.

Environment

Record Heatwave in France Killed 1 500 people

Heat waves that plagued France this summer left some 1,500 people dead, according to the European nation’s health minister. There had been at about 1,000 more deaths than normal during the summer months, with half of the deceased being 75 or older. In total, there were 18 exceptionally hot days recorded in France during June and July.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California

Firefighters continued to battle blazes across Northern California forests Sunday, with the largest mostly uncontrolled and growing.

The Walker Fire had expanded to 38,049 acres and was 7% contained Sunday night, according to the U.S. Forest Service. It is burning in the Plumas National Forest, about 11 miles east of Taylorsville (Plumas County), and is California’s largest wildfire of the year so far.

A 400-acre wildfire in Butte County called the Swedes Fire was 30% contained Sunday night and had destroyed two structures.

In Tehama County, the lightning-caused Red Bank Fire continued to burn west of Red Bluff. The fire had charred 8,838 acres and was 50% contained Sunday night.

Disease

African Swine Fever – Philippines

Philippines agriculture officials announced Monday that samples from pigs in small backyard farms in Rizal province near Manila tested positive for African Swine fever (ASF). 7 000 pigs have been culled.