Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.8 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the mid-Indian ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits Luzon in the Philippines.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits the D’Entrecasteaux Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.


Kenya – The death toll from floods that have been pounding the East African nation of Kenya has risen to 285, the government announced on Wednesday. Heavy downpours annually witnessed around this time of the year in Kenya have wreaked havoc across the nation marked with flash floods, landslides and sinkholes, leaving thousands displaced, livestock dead and crops destroyed.


Global warming is changing where birds breed

Global warming is shifting the behavior of migratory birds in the eastern regions of North America. Researchers have discovered that the breeding range of some birds is shrinking, while for others this range is expanding.

According to the study, birds that both breed and winter in North America are extending their ranges north where warming temperatures have created new, suitable places to breed.

The findings indicate that bird species such as Carolina wrens and red-bellied woodpeckers will be able to adapt to future climate change.

On the other hand, some birds have breeding ranges that are dwindling. Neotropical migratory birds breed in North America during the summer and migrate to the Caribbean, Central America, and South America for the winter.

Neotropical migrants include warblers, orioles, flycatchers, and other species that birdwatchers look forward to spotting in the spring. The researchers found that Neotropical birds are not expanding north, yet their suitable southern range is shrinking.

Over the past five decades, Neotropical bird populations have decreased by about 2.5 billion individuals.

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Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the Week 20 May 2020 – 26 May 2020

Karymsky | Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) : On 25 May an ash plume from Karymsky was visible in satellite images drifting 30 km ESE, prompting KVERT to raise the Aviation Color Code to Orange (the second highest level on a four-color scale). Explosive activity on 27 May generated ash plumes that rose to 5 km (16,400 ft) a.s.l. Satellite data showed an ash plume 19×24 km in dimension continuing to drift SE.