Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 earthquake hits offshore El Salvador.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits Mozambique.

5.0 earthquake hits eastern Xizang, China.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Georgia Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane 09e (Elida), located approximately 594 nm south of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 11 knots.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression (ts) 06w (Six), located approximately 411 nm east of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking west-southwestward at 11 knots.

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Mali – The flood situation has deteriorated in Mali over the last 10 days according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Flooding began in the country in July, affecting around 7,000 people. According to OCHA, as of 06 August, more than 13,200 people, including 5,400 internally displaced persons, were affected by floods in the country. The worst affected regions are Gao, Mopti, Ségou and Sikasso. A total of 1,160 homes have been destroyed.

Spain – Severe weather, including heavy rainfall, hail and strong winds, caused damage in parts of southern and central Spain on 11 August 2020. In Andalusia, emergency services responded to over 130 calls for assistance in the provinces of Córdoba and Seville. In Córdoba, homes and roads were flooded in the towns of Castro del Río, Puente Genil, Bélmez and Palma del Río , as well as parts of the provincial capital Córdoba. The worst of the flooding occurred in the municipality of Estepa, where several homes were damaged as flood waters raced through streets.

Global Warming

Global warming replacing seaweed beds with tropical corals in Japan

Tropical corals are increasing and seaweed beds nurturing sea creatures have disappeared in the sea south of Tokyo Bay, local divers and fishers have found, indicating that Japanese waters are not exempt from the effect of global warming.

In the waters off Kyonan in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, seaweed beds have disappeared over the past 12 years, while young table coral that usually grows in warmer waters in southwestern Japan have taken their place.

In recent years, (the seawater temperature) hasn’t fallen below 15 C even in winter. In Kyonan, the seawater temperature has been pushed up in the past two years due to changes in the course of the Kuroshio Current, which begins off the Philippines and flows northeastward past Japan.

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