Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits off the coast of Aisen, Chile.

5.6 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits the Ceram Sea, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Nias region, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Eta is located about 25 mi…40 km se of Puerto Cabezas Nicaragua with maximum sustained winds…150 mph…240 km/h. Present movement…wsw or 250 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 22w (Goni), located approximately 401 nm east of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 03 knots.

Tropical depression 23w (Atsani), located approximately 396 nm south of Kadena AFB, Japan, is tracking southwestward at 05 knots.

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Newsbytes:

UK – Heavy rain in northern England has led to rivers breaking their banks in parts of Yorkshire and Lancashire, leaving roads closed and motorists stranded.

Philippines – Disaster authorities in the Philippines report that thousands of people have evacuated their homes as Typhoon ‘Goni’ ripped through areas south of Manila. Goni, known locally as ‘Rolly’ inthe Philippines, made landfall near Bato and Virac in Catanduanes, early 01 November, as a Super Typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 225km/h. The storm made landfall again near Tiwi, Albay, and again near San Narciso, Quezon. 457,903 people had been pre-emptively evacuated in several regions, in particular Calabarzon, Bicol and Mimaropa. Winds, heavy rain and storm surge caused severe damage, interrupting communications, and water and power supply.

Global Warming

Ozone Hole – Antarctica

Persistent cold temperatures and strong circumpolar winds, also known as the polar vortex, supported the formation of a large and deep Antarctic ozone hole that should persist into November, NOAA and NASA scientists reported today.

The annual Antarctic ozone hole reached its peak size at about 24,8-million square kilometres (9,6-million square miles), roughly three times the area of the continental US, on 20 September. Observations revealed the nearly complete elimination of ozone in a 4-mile-high column of the stratosphere over the South Pole.