Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.7 earthquake hits the Alamagan region in the North Mariana Islands.

5.5 earthquake hits offshore Antofagasta, Chile.

5.3 earthquake hits Iceland.

5.2 earthquake hits south of Alaska.

5.1 earthquake hits south of Alaska.

5.1 earthquake hits the South Shetland Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Sichuan-Gansu border, China.

5.0 earthquake hits Alaska.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit Tonga.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits the India-Myanmar border.

5.3 earthquake hits Iceland.

5.1 earthquake hits Luzon in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits the mid-Indian ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits Iceland.

5.4 earthquake hits near the coast of Nicaragua.

5.3earthquake hits Iceland.

5.2 earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Iceland.

5.1 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Aalamagan region in the North Mariana Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the India-Myanmar border.

5.0 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

Environment

Iceland Reforestation

A warming climate is helping efforts in Iceland to restore the forests that once thrived before the seafaring Vikings colonized the island and razed its forests more than 1,000 years ago.

Nearly 97 percent of the native birch were felled to make way for farming as well as to build homes for the European settlers.

Iceland’s cool climate and volcanic eruptions have hampered efforts in the past to restore the forests.

But climate change is now allowing the birch to be planted along with non-native lodgepole pines and Sitka spruces, which grow more quickly.

Those species were also chosen for their ability to capture carbon and help Iceland mitigate global greenhouse gas emissions.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 02a (Mekunu), located approximately 41 nm west of Salalah, Oman, is tracking northwestward at 07 knots. This is the final warning for this system.

In the North Atlantic Ocean: Sun-Tropical Storm Alberto is located About 95 mi…150 km ese of Cozumel Mexico and about 145 mi…235 km ssw of the western tip of Cuba with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…nne or 15 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Czech Republic – Clean-up operations are underway in central, western and southern Bohemia which were hit by flash floods on Thursday night. Flood alerts have been called off, but a number of roads were still closed in the Karlovy Vary region on Friday and many homes remained without electricity. Firemen have been working around-the-clock to clear roads and pump water from cellars in the wake of Thursday’s storms. The severe storms hit the country following a lengthy period of drought.

Kenya – Two people and 70 livestock have been swept away by flash floods in Kabunyany river. 300 families have been displaced by floods as rains continue to pound Baringo County.

Iceland – The Iceland Met Office has issued a warning for heavy rainfall and possible flooding for South and South West Iceland, Friday. Heavy rainfall is forecast for the South and South-West parts of the county from Friday evening 25 May, continuing through the weekend.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits the Gulf of Alaska.

5.1 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia.

Earthquake Swarm hits Iceland

Almost thirty earthquakes occurred in North Iceland and the ocean north of Iceland Monday night. The largest earthquake of the swarm occcured at 2.30 AM at a magnitude of 3.0. Its origins were around 20 km North East of Siglufjörður. The swarm began at around 00.30 Monday night and most of them were at a magnitude of between 1.0 and 2.0. An earthquake of 2.8 occurred North East of Grímsey. The Iceland Met Office sees no cause for concern but is carefully monitoring events.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits Oaxaca, Mexico.

5.5 earthquake hits Iceland.

5.0 earthquake hit Java, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Panama.

5.0 earthquake hit North Island, New Zealand.

5.0 earthquake hits south-west of Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Shikoku, Japan.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.7 Earthquake hits offshore Guatemala.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

5.1 Earthquake hits Iceland.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Rat islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of the Mariana Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the coast of western turkey.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Peru.

5.0 Earthquake hits Iceland.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic:

Hurricane Nicole is located about 55 mi…85 km SSW of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…125 mph…205 km/h. Present movement…NNE or 30 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific:

Invest 98E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

Invest 99E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical depression 22w (Aere), located approximately 54 nm northeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 14 knots.

Tropical depression 24w (TwentyFour), located approximately 495 nm east of Manila, Philippines, is tracking northwestward at 06 knots.

In the Central Pacific:

Invest 95C is an area of disturbed weather in the Central Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

Newsbytes:

Iceland – Rivers in South and West Iceland have begun swelling, as a result of heavy rain, which began yesterday. The water level is expected to continue rising in the next couple of days.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Iceland

There have been an unusually high number of callouts due to wildfires in the Reykjavík capital region over the last week — over 20, in fact.

Although the fires were mostly small in extent, a large area of vegetation was consumed.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone Nathan is located approximately 298 nm east-northeast of Cairns, Australia and is tracking southeastward at 05 knots.

Tropical storm 03w (Bavi), located approximately 292 nm west of Navsta Guam, and is tracking westward at 11 knots.

NewsBytes:

Iceland – The powerful storm that lashed over Reykjavík and wider Iceland last night and this morning has caused all kinds of damage. In the harbour fences and metal containers were flying around in the winds, which reportedly got up to 50mps.

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Ohio, USA – The Ohio River remains in flood, measured at 57.7 feet at 5 a.m. Sunday – 5 feet above flood stage. The National Weather Service predicted the river would crest at 57.8 feet Sunday morning and then begin to fall in the afternoon. The river will likely remain at a moderate flood state until Monday evening and a minor flood state until Thursday evening.

Global Warming

Iceland’s land is rising 1.4 inches annually due to climate change

Iceland’s land is rising, by 1.4 inches each year in many parts of the country, as glaciers melt and the crust below and nearby rebounds, researchers from the University of Arizona and the University of Iceland reported in a new study.

In other words, as glaciers melt there is less weight pushing down on the land, which subsequently rises.

The geoscientists warned that volcanic activity is likely to increase as it did during the last deglaciation roughly 12,000 years ago.

The team members say their study is the first to show the current rapid uplift of the Icelandic crust resulting from the accelerated melting of the country’s glaciers and coincides with the current global warming that started about 30 years ago.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits Iceland.

5.1 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits western Xizang, China.