Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.9 earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia.
5.2 earthquake hits eastern Turkey.
5.2 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.
5.1 earthquake hits Taiwan.
5.0 earthquake hits Luzon in the Philippines.
5.0 earthquake hits western Kazakhstan.
5.0 earthquake hits Himachal Pradesh, India.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 20s (Ferdinand), located approximately 362 nm north of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 04 knots.
Queensland, Australia – An emergency situation has been declared in Queensland’s south-west town of St George because of major flooding. Queensland police issued the warning on Tuesday morning and said St George was bracing for flooding on Tuesday and Wednesday after weekend downpours. The Balonne River may peak at 12.5 metres overnight on Wednesday. The town of Dirranbandi was also preparing for major flooding later in the week.
Jakarta, Indonesia – Floods that have crippled much of Indonesia’s capital worsened Tuesday, inundating thousands of homes and buildings, including the presidential palace, and paralyzing transport networks. Overnight rains caused more rivers to burst their banks in greater Jakarta starting Sunday, sending muddy water up to 5 feet deep into more residential and commercial areas. Floodwaters entered parts of Indonesia’s presidential palace complex Tuesday morning but the situation was brought under control with water pumps.
California’s Snowpack Shrivels
As the comparison of satellite images above shows, last year at this time California’s Sierra Nevada range was buried in snow. And even as recently as January of this year, snowpack was looking pretty good.
But since then, the jet stream has ferried storms north of California, causing the snowpack to shrivel — from about 150 percent of average last February down to just a little more than 50 percent now.
Although the Sierra Nevada covers just a quarter of California, the range provides 60 percent of the state’s fresh water, serving 23 million people. The water also is vital to the state’s agricultural production, which supplies more than a third of the fruits, vegetables, and nuts consumed in the United States.
Wildfires – Canary Islands
Strong winds of up to 120kmph (75mph) carried red sand more than 100km (62 miles) from the Sahara to the archipelago, which is popular with tourists all year round.
The gusts fanned three wildfires, forcing about 2,000 residents to flee their homes in Tenerife and Gran Canaria with whatever belongings they could grab.
The eight islands were on Monday covered in a murky red haze which could be seen from space – and which witnesses described as resembling the surface of Mars.
China – The UN health agency put the number of new cases in China at 411 on Tuesday and those registered outside the country stood at 427.
Italy – A 12th person has died in northern Italy of coronavirus, while the number of confirmed cases has risen to 374, an increase of more than 50 on the day before.
Iran – Iran’s state television says 19 more people were killed by the coronavirus and the total number of confirmed cases rose to 139.
Kuwait – Kuwait’s health ministry said that the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus in the country rose to 25 after 13 more cases were confirmed.
South Korea – South Korea has reported 115 new cases, bringing the total to 1,261, according to Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).