Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand.

5.2 earthquake hits the Azores.

5.0 earthquake hits Palau.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Costa Rica.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.8 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.1 earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Auckland Islands off New Zealand.

5.0 earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.5 earthquake hits south of the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits off the west coast of South Island, New Zealand.

5.0 earthquake hits the Andaman Islands off India.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.6 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.2 earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

5.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

5.0 earthquake hits central Peru.

5.0 earthquake hits the Mayotte region.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the Babuyan Islands in the Philippines.

5.3 earthquake hits the Iran-Iraq border.

5.2 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits North Island, New Zealand.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.3 earthquake hits southeast of Easter Island.

5.1 earthquake hits offshore Honduras.

5.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits Ganshu, China.

5.1 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

5.0 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 22s (Joaninha), located approximately 171 nm east of Port Mathurin, Mauritius, is tracking eastward at 05 knots.

NewsBytes:

New Zealand – A woman has been found dead in New Zealand following a severe downpour that washed away a bridge and prompted a state of emergency in the South Island. A storm battering the region saw the Waiho Bridge, near the town of Franz Josef, destroyed by a torrential river on Tuesday night. Meteorologists have described the event as significant, even by the area’s rainy standards, with some parts struck by more than 800mm of rain in a once-in-a-century downpour.

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Indonesia – Update – The Indonesian Red Cross is continuing search and rescue efforts in the wake of devastating floods that killed at least 113 people in the eastern province of Papua, with almost 100 still missing more than a week after the disaster struck. More than 11,500 people were displaced in flash floods and a subsequent landslide in the Sentani area of the provincial capital, Jayapura, earlier this month. As many as 94 people remain missing.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.0 earthquake hits southern Peru.

5.8 earthquake hits the Macquarie Island region.

5.5 earthquake hits Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

5.4 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.3 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

Wildfires

Wildfires – New Zealand

Strong winds are expected to continue to fan forest fires that have been burning for a week through New Zealand’s South Island, that have forced more than 3 000 people from their homes.

Early on Sunday, 155 firefighters were battling the blaze on the ground with air support from 23 helicopters and three fixed wing planes, making it the largest aerial firefight on record in New Zealand.

The Pigeon Valley fire covers 2,300 hectares (5,700 acres) with a 25 km (15 mile) perimeter, NZ Civil Defence said on its website. No deaths have been reported and only one home destroyed as of Sunday.

Wildfires

Wildfires – New Zealand

A huge bushfire that has been raging in the parched New Zealand countryside for four days has forced hundreds of residents to be evacuated from their homes and prompted fears that climate change has caused the nation to become “more flammable”. Firefighters have been working for most of the week to put out fires covering more than 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) around Nelson on the northern tip of the South Island of New Zealand.

Wildfires

Wildfires – New Zealand

As firefighters battle a blaze in the Nelson-Tasman region which has seen about 170 homes evacuated and a state of emergency declared, another fire broke out on Rabbit Island, across from Nelson Airport. Plumes of smoke had been rising from the island, directly north of Appleby and Wakefield, where evacuees have gathered. Residents had been asked to evacuate the area and Rough Island immediately. Residents of nearby Eves Valley and surrounding areas have been told to leave their homes.

Wildfires – Chile

A state of emergency has been declared in the southern regions of La Araucanía, Biobío and Los Ríos, as a result of the forest fires that are devastating those areas. More than 8,000 hectares of forests and pastures have already been burned by flames, dozens of homes have been destroyed and hundreds of people evacuated, according to reports.

Chile faces a complicated and unusual situation, because in the normally hot north, the so-called altiplanic winter has caused flooding and flooding of numerous rivers, resulting in three deaths and a girl missing. In contrast, in the south of the territory, usually cold even in the summer, high temperatures have set historical records.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Tasmania

A number of serious bushfires are burning across Tasmania, with firefighters from NSW and New Zealand flying in to assist with efforts. The Miena community is being evacuated as more than 6500 hectares of bush burns at the Great Pine Tier in the Central Plateau. Tasmania Fire Service said the fire is very difficult to control, warning burning embers will threaten homes before the main fire.

Wildfires – New Zealand

A blaze started by an explosion set off on a Bay of Islands beach has swept through part of a historic reserve known for its large kiwi population.

The fire started just before 9pm on Saturday at Rangihoua Bay, on the Purerua Peninsula, and quickly spread up a steep hillside in Rangihoua Heritage Park.

Some witnesses believed the explosion was caused by a petrol bomb, others that the device was made from a large quantity of fireworks. Firefighters described it as a home-made incendiary device.

The most upsetting thing was hearing the sound of kiwi’s screaming from the burning hillside.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits the Iran-Iraq border region.

5.6 earthquake hits the Caribbean Sea.

5.6 earthquake hits the Taiwan Strait.

Two 5.2 earthquakes hit the Iran-Iraq border region.

5.1 earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits the Iran-Iraq border region.

5.0 earthquake hits northern Xinjiang, China.

5.0 earthquake hits off the west coast of South Island, New Zealand.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits the Caribbean Sea.

5.8 earthquake hits off the west coast of South Island, New Zealand.

5.5 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.3 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 earthquake hits Trujillo, Venezuela.

5.0 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits the southwest Indian ridge.