Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits Kepulauan Baba, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits Costa Rica.

5.1 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Eta is located about 205 mi…330 km sse of Kingston Jamaica and about 500 mi…805 km e of Cabo Gracias a Dios on nic/hon border with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…w or 275 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 22w (Goni), located approximately 106 nm southeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 11 knots.

Tropical depression 23w (Atsani), located approximately 689 nm east of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 16 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Philippines – Philippine authorities evacuated nearly a million people to safer ground before Goni approached the eastern provinces and made landfall in Catanduanes and Albay in the Bicol region. The weather bureau said “catastrophic violent winds and intense to torrential rainfall” were expected to prevail over Bicol provinces as well as portions of Quezon, Laguna and Batangas, south of the capital Manila.

Wildlife

Galapagos Bounty

Ecuador’s Galapagos National Park says populations of the archipelago’s penguins and flightless cormorants have seen a record increase since 2019, reaching the highest levels since 2006.

Galapagos penguins are the only ones that live on the equator. They have grown in numbers from 1,451 in 2019 to 1,940 this year. The flightless cormorant population has increased from 1,914 to 2,220 during the same period.

The park says La Niña conditions have helped provide more food for both species, allowing their populations to increase.