Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.8 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.
5.2 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.
5.2 earthquake hits Vanuatu.
5.1 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.
5.1 earthquake hits east of the Kuril Islands.
5.0 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
5.0 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.
5.0 earthquake hits the Andaman Islands off India.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 15e (Olaf), located approximately 523 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking westward at 05 knots.
In the northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm (ts) 18w (Conson), located approximately 73 nm east-southeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking west-southwestward at 08 knots.
Super Typhoon 19w (Chanthu), located approximately 240 south of Taipei, Taiwan, is tracking north-northwestward at 08 knots.
Ice Persists in the Northwest Passage, Despite Global Warming
For centuries, explorers have tested the icy waters of the Arctic, looking for sea routes through the cluster of islands north of mainland Canada. Such a route, known as the Northwest Passage, can dramatically shorten the journey between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. The decline of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has made this passage increasingly viable. But as this image shows, it’s still not always smooth sailing.
Part of the “southern route”—one of two main routes most feasible for the passage of large ships. Since about 2006, the Northwest Passage has become navigable for a short period late in most summers. So far this year, that hasn’t quite happened.
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