Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits the Moro Gulf, Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.3 earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

5.1 earthquake hits Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.1 earthquake hits Kepulauan Sangihe, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.0 earthquake hits the Batan Islands in the Philippines.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Josephine is located about 155 mi…250 km nnw of the northern Leeward islands and about 190 mi…305 km ne of San Juan Puerto Rico with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

Post Tropical Cyclone Kyle is located aabout 545 mi…880 km sw of Cape Race Newfoundland with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…e or 80 degrees at 20 mph…31 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 10e (Ten), located approximately 1283 nm east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, is tracking northward at 02 knots.

Tropical depression 11e Eeleven), located approximately 815 nm south of San Diego, is tracking north-northwestward at 10 knots.

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Global Warming

The first undeniable climate change deaths

July 23 2018 was a day unlike any seen before in Japan. It was the peak of a weeks-long heat wave that smashed previous temperature records across the historically temperate nation.

The heat started on July 9, on farms and in cities that only days earlier were fighting deadly rains, mudslides, and floods. As the waters receded, temperatures climbed. By July 15, 200 of the 927 weather stations in Japan recorded temperatures of 35°C or higher. Food and electricity prices hit multiyear highs as the power grid and water resources were pushed to their limits. Tens of thousands of people were hospitalised due to heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

On July 23, the heat wave reached its zenith. The large Tokyo suburb of Kumagaya was the epicentre, and around 3pm, the Kumagaya Meteorological Observatory measured a temperature of 41.135°C.

It was the hottest temperature ever recorded in Japan, but the record was more than a statistic. It was a tragedy. Over the course of those few weeks, more than a thousand people died from heat-related illnesses.


Beavers Prosper in England

The growing number of beavers that have been making England’s River Otter their home since they began returning a few years ago have been told by officials that they can stay. It’s the first time a mammal extinct in England has been given government backing to be reintroduced.

Environment minister Rebecca Pow said that going forward, the dam-builders will be considered a “public good” and that farmers and landowners would be paid to have them on their land. There are now 15 beaver families living in the waterway, building complex homes known as lodges.