Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits Guam.

5.1 earthquake hits the Andaman Islands off India.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean:Tropical Depression Twenty One-E is located about 470 mi…760 km s of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…nw or 305 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 27w (Kalmaegi), located approximately 245 nm north-northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking northhwestward at 05 knots.

Tropical Depression Fengshen, located approximately 585 nm northwest of Wake island, is tracking southeastward at 17 knots.

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Wildlife

Great Barrier Reef annual mass coral spawning begins

A mass coral spawning has begun on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, with early indications the annual event could be among the biggest in recent years.

Buffeted by climate change-induced rising sea temperatures and coral bleaching, the world’s largest reef system goes into a frenzy once a year with a mass release of coral eggs and sperm that is synchronised to increase the chances of fertilisation.

The natural wonder, which has been likened to underwater fireworks or a snowstorm, occurs just once a year in specific conditions: after a full moon when water temperatures hover around 27℃ to 28℃. Soft corals are the first to release, followed by hard corals, in a process that typically spans between 48 and 72 hours.

Coral along large swathes of the 2300km reef have been killed by rising sea temperatures linked to climate change, leaving behind skeletal remains in a process known as coral bleaching.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Residents west of Brisbane are in for a sleepless night after being told to evacuate due to two large out of control bushfires bearing down on rural communities in the Scenic Rim and Darling Downs. An emergency warning has been issued for a blaze at Ravensbourne and Esk, near Toowoomba, which is part of the Pechey fire responsible for blackening 4200 hectares in the past five days.

Disease

Plague – China

In a follow-up on the pneumonic plague cases reported in China earlier, officials in Inner Mongolia, China report a third plague case, this time it’s bubonic.