Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 earthquake hits Costa Rica.

5.2 earthquake hits the Cayman Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits eastern Sichuan, China.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 02s (Belna), located approximately 550 nm northeast of Europa Island, is tracking south-southwestward at 10 knots.

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NewsBytes:

New Zealand – New Zealand has been hit by a weekend of severe storms, with landslides and flooding in the South Island cutting off towns and trapping an estimated 1,000 foreign tourists.

Uganda – Flooding in Uganda has now claimed at least 16 lives, the Red Cross says, as the region reels from weeks of rain. Rescuers have been recovering the bodies of victims swept to their deaths by the flash floods in the western Bundibugyo area. Homes have been washed away and a number of roads blocked or destroyed.

Wildlife

Koala Apocalypse

An inquiry into koala populations and habitat in NSW is expected to hear evidence that more than 2000 of the native Australian marsupials may have died on the state’s north coast in recent bushfires. The state parliament’s upper house inquiry will hold an urgent hearing on Monday to discuss the extent of damage to the koala population from bushfires.

Thousands of hectares of koala habitat across northern NSW and southeast Queensland have been destroyed in the recent bushfires.

Koalas are listed as vulnerable in Queensland, NSW and the ACT, largely a result of habitat clearing.

Disease

Polio – Malaysia

Malaysia health officials are reporting a confirmed polio case in a three-month-old boy from Tuaran, Sabah. It is the first polio case in 27 years.

Volcanos

Five dead, many injured after New Zealand volcano eruption

Five people were killed, 18 were injured and several more were left stranded after an island volcano popular with tourists erupted unexpectedly in New Zealand on Monday.

Police said some 50 people were visiting White Island when it exploded suddenly in the early afternoon — hurling ash and rock high into the air.

Two dozen people made it off the island, five of whom have since died. The rest are being treated for injuries, including severe burns.

Nothing is yet known about a group – now estimated to number in the double digits – who are still trapped on the island.