Storms and Floods

High tides and strong winds have brought flooding to towns in the south-west England as more warnings are issued to coastal areas.

11 people have been killed and 10 are still missing after a village in Peru was hit by a mudslide.

Earthquakes

6.1 Earthquake hits the Celebes Sea.

5.7 Earthquake hits North Island, New Zealand.

5.3 Earthquake hits Kyushu, Japan.

5.3 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

4.9 Earthquake hits southern Italy.

Environment

Parts of Miami Beach, Florida, USA were flooded by an unusually high tide Tuesday morning. Miami-Dade County officials said the flooding of low-lying areas in Miami Beach is a warning about the perils of rising sea levels due to climate change.

Drought

Kazakhstan, the biggest wheat producer in central Asia, lowered its grain export forecast for this season and sees prices rising after drought cut the harvest by about 55 percent.

Extreme drought conditions have expanded on the Big Island, Hawaii. Scientists say the situation could persist due to a decrease in moisture-bringing trade winds in Hawaii – a trend that has been observed for four decades. The drought continues to affect farmers and ranchers on the Big Island and elsewhere in the state. Like much of the US mainland, the US Department of Agriculture has classified the entire state as being under a federal drought disaster declaration.

Wildfires

Wildfires are burning near Rocky Mountain National Park in northern and southwest Colorado, USA.

Storms and Floods

Tropical storm Rafael was located about 135 mi [215 km] E of Bermuda and is expected to miss the island, although strong winds and rain are expected.

Tropical Storm Paul weakens near Mexico.

Earthquakes

5.6 and 5.0 Earthquakes hit the Kuril Islands, off Alaska.

5.5 Earthquake hits Guatemala.

5.4 and 4.9 Earthquakes hit south-east of Honshu, Japan near the Izu Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Fiji region.

Two 5.1 Earthquakes hit near the east coast of Kamchatka, Siberia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the mid-Indian Ocean ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

Environment

Venice, Italy sees its first ‘acqua alta’ of the season on October 15, 2012. The ‘acqua alta’ is a convergence of high tides and a strong sirocco. Tourists walk with plastic bags to protect their shoes on a flooded St Mark’s square. Venice is particularly vulnerable to rising ocean levels due to climate change.

 

Venice

 

September’s average temperature was 60.2 degrees Fahrenheit (15.6 degrees Celsius) worldwide, which is 1.2 degrees above normal. This year matched the hottest September on record which was 2005, with the heat most intense in South America, Japan, Russia, Canada and the Atlantic Ocean. It was the third time since 2000 that the world set or tied a heat record for September. In addition to 2012 and 2005, previous hot September records were set in 2003. These records go back to 1880.

Storms and Floods

Rafael strengthens into a hurricane, with a tropical storm warning issued for Bermuda. Rafael is expected to bring rain to Atlantic Canada by mid-week.

Hurricane Paul is strengthening in the Pacific off Mexico and a tropical storm watch has been issued for a portion of Baja California.

Tropical storm Maria was located about 45 nm north-west of Iwo To, Japan.

The first tornado in decades has hit Rogers, Arkansas, USA.

A small tornado hit Mayfield, Kentucky, on Sunday evening.

Flood conditions continued in Nigeria in early October 2012. The country’s National Emergency Management Agency reported that floods had killed 431 people and displaced 1.3 million more. Floods had also wiped out 152,575 hectares (377,020 acres) of farmland, and Nigerians could expect rapidly rising food prices as a result.

 Satellite View Before the Floods:

 

Before Nigeria Floods

 

Satellite View Of the Floods:

After Nigeria Floods

 

Earthquakes

6.1 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka, Siberia – subsequently downgraded to 5.6 magnitude.

5.3 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 Aftershock hit near the east coast of Kamchatka, Siberia.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands, off Alaska.

Wildlife

Today, the United Nations unveiled a report detailing the world’s 25 most endangered primates — mankind’s most biologically similar living relatives.

 

25 most endangered

Environment

University of Hawaii scientists say a disease outbreak amongst the island’s coral at Hanalei Bay on Kauai’s north shore is killing the coral at an alarming rate. Attempts are being made to stop the spread of the disease by covering the coral with marine putty, to cut the disease off from healthy coral. The underlying causes include overfishing, pollution and sewage spills. Coral is the foundation for the ocean ecosystem, and without it the ecosystem will fail.

Volcanos

El Hierro volcano off the Canary Islands has experienced a new swarm of small quakes (10 so far) which started this morning under the centre of the island. The earthquakes are located at about 10 km depth.

Storms and Floods

The outer bands of Tropical Storm Rafael have drenched the Caribbean’s Northern Leeward Islands, as its centre steadily moves over open ocean on a possible track toward Bermuda. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Culebra, Vieques, U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Antigua and Montserrat, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maartin, St. Martin, Guadeloupe and Desirade les Saintes.

Cyclone Cleopatra to bring heavy storms over northern Italy – ‘Cleopatra’, a Mediterranean cyclone, will usher autumn into Italy.

An unusually cold storm in southern Australia has dished out the first October snow in a century.