Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Macquarie Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 12p (Lam), is located approximately 286 nm east of Darwin, Australia, and is tracking southwestward at 04 knots.

Lam’s eye was passing near Elcho Island with wind gusts at 205kph. Numerous trees felled by Cyclone Lam at Galiwinku community on Elcho Island. Several hundred people in the community of Galiwinku on Elcho Island are experiencing the brunt of Cyclone Lam with winds of up to 205 kilometres per hour hitting the area as the system moves towards the Northern Territory mainland. Earlier on Thursday, hundreds of people from the Aboriginal community of Warruwi were evacuated to Darwin on helicopters and planes.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 13p (Marcia), located approximately 437 nm north-northwest of Brisbane, Australia, and is tracking west-southwestward at 13 knots.

Cyclone Marcia which formed off the Queensland coast is expected to intensify to make landfall as a category two cyclone early on Friday. Brisbane residents warned to expect 90kph winds, up to 500mm of rain, as wild weather hits coast. More than 6,500 sandbags have been filled.

Brisbane could experience wind gusts of up to 90 kilometres per hour and receive up to 500 millimetres of rain over the next few days as Cyclone Marcia in the Coral Sea makes its way closer to the Queensland coast from Thursday until Saturday.

Tropical cyclone marcia forecast map

Nature – Images

Interesting Images:

Mysterious, Wavelike Cloud Hugs Grand Teton Mountains

A bizarre sheet of clouds embraced the highest peak in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming last week, enchanting even the park’s most seasoned visitors.

GT cloud 1

Space Events

Fireball over Pittsburgh, USA

A fireball pierced the predawn sky over Pittsburgh on Tuesday with a brilliant flash of light. NASA cameras caught footage of the fiery streak—which turned out to be a two-foot-wide, 500-pound meteor traveling at some 45,000 miles per hour. Watch here.


Swine Flu Outbreak In India

At least 630 Indians have died and over 9,300 have so far been infected by the swine flu virus (H1N1), which has spread across several Indian states and the national capital of New Delhi, the country’s health minister said Tuesday.

This is not the first time India has seen a swine flu outbreak. In 2009-10, the disease had reportedly killed over 2,700 people between May 2009 and December 2010, after a global pandemic, which spread out from Mexico. Another outbreak in 2013 left nearly 700 people dead.