Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.5 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 earthquake hits the Virgin Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Jan Mayan Island.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Delta is located about 450 mi…725 km sse of Cameron Louisiana with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…nw or 305 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 19e (Norbert), located approximately 1309 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking eastward at 05 knots.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm (ts) 16w (Chan-Hom), located approximately 524 nm southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking northward at 09 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Guatelama – At least 4 people have died after a landslide struck in Sololá Department in the west of Guatemala. Guatemala’s disaster agency CONRED said that the landslide struck in the village of San Marcos La Laguna late on 06 October. Days of heavy rain had destabilised the ground on slopes surrounding the village, triggering a landslide that pushed a boulder measuring 3 metres by 5 metres onto houses below. At least 8 houses were completely destroyed and a further 44 were damaged or considered at risk.

Vietnam – Vietnam‘s Disaster Management Authority (DMA) reports that at least 6 people have died or are missing after days of heavy rainfall in central parts of the country. DMA said one person died in floods in Hai Lang district, Quang Tri province. Also in Quang Tri, 4 people are missing after being swept away by flash flooding in the mountainous district of Huong Hoa. Local media report that around 5,000 people from 1,100 families in Huong Hoa have evacuated their homes and moved to safer areas after the Sesan River broke its banks. Heavy rain in the province also caused landslides which have blocked several roads. As much as 435 mm of rain fell in Huong Linh in Huong Hoa district in 24 hours to 07 October, 2020.

Wildlife

USA ‘Wildlife Services’ Killers

The arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture known as Wildlife Services killed approximately 1.2 million native animals in 2019, according to new data released by the program this week.

The multimillion-dollar federal wildlife-killing program targets wolves, coyotes, cougars, birds and other wild animals for destruction, primarily to benefit the agriculture industry in states like Texas, Colorado and Idaho. Of the 2.2 million animals killed last year, approximately 1.2 million were native wildlife species.

According to the latest report, the federal program last year intentionally killed 301 gray wolves; 61,882 adult coyotes, plus an unknown number of coyote pups in 251 destroyed dens; 364,734 red-winged blackbirds; 393 black bears; 300 mountain lions; 777 bobcats; 124 river otters plus 489 killed “unintentionally”; 2,447 foxes, plus an unknown number of red fox pups in 94 dens; and 24,543 beavers.

The program also killed 14,098 prairie dogs outright, as well as an unknown number killed in more than 35,226 burrows that were destroyed or fumigated. These figures almost certainly underestimate the actual number of animals killed, as program insiders have revealed that Wildlife Services kills many more animals than it reports.

According to the new data, the wildlife-killing program unintentionally killed more than 2,624 animals in 2019, including bears, bobcats, mountain lions, a wolf, foxes, muskrats, otters, porcupines, raccoons and turtles. Its killing of non-target birds included ducks, eagles, swallows, herons and turkeys.