Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits offshore Valparaiso, Chile.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Valparaiso, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Bangladesh – The embankment around the waterbody in the district’s Tahirpur Upazila was breached on early Sunday in three locations inundating the Boro crops as the harvesting season nears. “Locals have been making efforts to keep the dam intact for the last 20 days as heavy rains and flash floods continued,” said Upazila Chairman Md Kamruzzaman. The agriculture department’s local office said crops on about 8,300 hectares of land at the Shanir Haor were inundated on Sunday. Flash floods and heavy rains in early April already inundated crops in several haors in Sunamganj, Kishoreganj, Netrokona, Moulvibazar, Sylhet, Habiganj, Moulvibazar and Brahmanbaria districts. The crisis has been blamed on corrupt officials for neglect of duty in building or restoring embankments to protect backswamps.

Bangladesh – About 50,000 hectares of land were brought under jute cultivation in Rajbari this year. Most of the jute fields in Sadar and Baliakandi upazilas of Rajbari district have been flooded following last few days’ heavy rainfall. Jute growers fear huge losses as the stagnated water has been showing no sign of receding.

Jamaica – The Clarendon Municipal Corporation (CMC) says an estimated 5,000 people were affected by the floods and it has begun to provide relief. The CMC says at least 1,000 homes were flooded by the heavy rains that pelted the parish over the last two days.

Nature – Images

Interesting Images

Tree stump on Mars?

NASA reports that the image was taken by the Mastcam onboard NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity. Although it may be just one of the many rocks found on the Red Planet, it has been suggested that it could be the petrified remnants of a Martian tree.

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