Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 earthquake hits Chitinskaya Oblast, Russia.

5.1 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits the mid-endian ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits near the north coast of Colombia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Lorenzo is located about 1360 mi…2190 km sw of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…155 mph…250 km/h. Present movement…n or 10 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Narda is located about 75 mi…120 km s of Zihuatanejo Mexico and about 100 mi…160 km wsw of Acapulco Mexico with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…nw or 315 degrees at 9 mph…14 km/h.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm (td) 19w (Mitag), located approximately 449 nm south-southwest of Kadena AFB, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 10 knots.

NewsBytes:

UK – Heavy rain across parts of Wales and England, including Manchester, Cardiff, Lancashire and Leeds, has caused chaos forcing residents to flee their homes and severe travel disruption resulting from mudslides on train tracks.

Turkey – Heavy rains hit northwestern Turkey on Saturday, blocking roads in Artvin province of the Black Sea region, according to local media. Streams overflowed in the Borcka district of Artvin, some villages and neighborhood roads were closed due to landslides. The rains also flooded the lower floors of some buildings.

Niger – U.N. agencies are rushing to provide aid to tens of thousands of people affected by severe flooding in Niger. Floods caused by heavy rains, which began in June, have killed 57 people and affected 211,000.

India – A heavy spell of retreating monsoon rains has flooded wide areas of northern India, killing dozens of people this past week, an official said Saturday. Most of the 59 fatalities were caused by house collapses, lightning and drowning in Uttar Pradesh state. They included at least five people dying of snake bites in flooded areas. The temple city of Varanasi was lashed by 19 centimeters (7 inches) of rain on Thursday and Friday, flooding the bathing areas of the Ganges River used by thousands of Hindu pilgrims. Schools were shut on Saturday as the downpour caused disruptions in the state capital, Lucknow, and several towns, including Amethi and Hardoi.

Wildlife

Jellyfish Population Surges

Human activities are allowing jellyfish numbers to surge in the world’s oceans, which a new U.N. report says are undergoing profound and dangerous changes.

French researchers say that the population of jellyfish is increasing because of man-made factors such as overfishing, deep-sea trawling and the heating of the oceans in the deepening climate crisis.

Overfishing is eliminating some of the jellies’ natural predators, such as tuna and sea turtles, especially those that feed on plankton, giving the jellyfish more of the plankton to feed on themselves and thrive.

Whale Stranding – South Carolina, USA

South Carolina wildlife officials say five pilot whales were found stranded on Edisto Beach Saturday morning. Beachgoers found the mammals on the shore and tried to rescue them, but four of the whales died and at least two of them were calves. Officials said one of the whales was dead before crews could get to the beach to help and some of them had to be put down because they were too sick or injured.

Disease

African Swine Fever – Timor-Leste

Officials in Timor-Leste, an island country just north of Australia, became the 10th country to report an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) which has caused the death of hundreds of pigs on national territory.