Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits Reykjanes Ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Idaho, USA – An earthquake swarm began on the night of Sept. 2 when 34 quakes occurred. Those were followed by another 34 quakes last Sunday, 28 on Monday, 20 on Tuesday, 25 on Wednesday, five on Thursday, five on Friday, 19 on Saturday and 34 so far Sunday. All 204 of the quakes were reported by University of Utah Seismograph Stations. The largest has been a 5.1 quake reported yesterday.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Irma is located about 35 mi…55 km ESE of Cedar Key Florida and about 60 mi…100 km N of Tampa Florida with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 340 degrees at 18 mph…30 km/h.

Nearly 4.5 million homes and businesses across Florida have lost power as Hurricane Irma moves over the state. And utility officials say it will take weeks to restore electricity to everyone. Farther north, more than 100,000 are in the dark in Georgia. Much of eastern Alabama and coastal South Carolina are under tropical storm warnings as Irma pummels Florida, weakening on its march northward. The National Hurricane Center predicts the storm will cross Monday into southwest Georgia, where a hurricane warning was in effect for a large rural area including the cities of Albany and Valdosta. Rain already is falling in parts of the state, including metro Atlanta, early Monday.

Hurricane Jose is located about 255 mi…410 km NE of Grand Turk island with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 335 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical Storm 20w (Talim), located approximately 595 nm southeast of Kedena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking west-northwestward at 16 knots.

Newsbytes:

Italy – Torrential rain in Italy triggered flooding that killed at least six people Sunday in the Tuscan port of Leghorn, including a family of four who were trapped by rising water in a basement. Two persons were reported missing. Strong winds toppled trees and parked cars were nearly submerged by floodwaters that also left streets clogged with mud. In Rome, which until recently had suffered through 3? months of drought, the downpour quickly produced fast-moving streams in the streets. Several subway stations had to be closed.

Global Warming

Global warming threatens parasites – study

A new study out of the University of California claims that global warming caused by climate change will wipe out a third of the world’s parasites by 2070, and before you rejoice, scientists say that could have detrimental effects on the planet. Specifically, climate change would wreak havoc on tapeworms, fleas, ticks, lice, and other similar creatures, which could potentially upset the balance of the Earth’s ecosystem.

Scientists at the university spent a year analyzing 20 million parasites that were in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History. Their findings indicate that no creature on Earth may be more threatened than parasites, but trying to convince the public that this is a negative will undoubtedly be a challenge.

However, what scientists know about parasites is that they control populations, keep energy moving, and do lots of other subtle things that make our planet what it is today. Losing a third of them would cause big changes to the food chain and to life in general. They help control wildlife populations and keep energy flowing through food chains.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Colorado, USA

Three wildfires ignited by lightning strikes were burning through timber, sagebrush and piñon-juniper forest across more than 10,900 acres in northwestern Colorado on Sunday, and federal authorities deployed more than 400 firefighters to contain the flames.

Wildfires – Montana, USA

The Eagle Creek Fire, which authorities said was sparked Sept. 2 by a 15-year-old boy playing with fireworks, was burning across 33,682 acres as of Saturday and the nearly 1,000 personnel working in Oregon had the wildfire 7 percent contained. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Paul Cerda warned the Eagle Creek Fire could double in size before it is contained.

Disease

Anthrax Reported in Kyrgyzstan

Officials in Kyrgyzstan are reporting an anthrax outbreak in the At-Bashinsky district of the Naryn region in eastern Kyrgyzstan, according to a local media account. Currently, three people are in the hospital, another 15 are under medical supervision. Doctors say the individuals contracted the dangerous bacterial infection cutting animal carcass. About 10 days later, the appearance of skin ulcers on the hands and forearms were noted.