Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.0 earthquake hits eastern Honshu, Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 07s (Claudia), located approximately about 298 miles (480 km) northwest of Karratha and 320 miles (515 km) north of Exmouth. Claudia is moving west-southwest at 18 miles (29 kilometers) per hour.

Global Warming

Oceans hotter than ever

The world’s oceans are warmer than ever — and they are getting warmer faster, according to a new report.

In a development that provides yet further evidence of global warming, the study, published in the Chinese journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, found that ocean temperatures in the last decade have been the warmest on record.

In addition, the research illustrates the influence of human-induced warming on the Earth’s waters and indicates that sea-level rise, ocean acidification and extreme weather could get worse as the oceans go on absorbing excess heat.

The rate of ocean warming is increasing at an alarming rate, according to the report. It showed that, from the period 1987 to 2019 compared with the period 1955 to 1986, the rate of warming accelerated almost 4 1/2 times in the latter timespan.

Wildlife

Australian Wildfire Rescue

Specialised animal rescue teams have been deployed to Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia after unprecedented bushfires ripped through one-third of the island’s bushland. Humane Society International has been building food and water stations for animals still in the wild while also searching for koalas, possums and wombats that may have survived.

Disease

Novel Coronavirus – First Case in Thailand

Thailand health officials reported a laboratory confirmed novel coronavirus case on Sunday, the first in Thailand and the first reported outside of China. The Ministry of Public Health reiterated that there is no coronavirus outbreak in Thailand. Thailand has implemented surveillance measures for screening patients traveling from Wuhan City since January.