Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits the central Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.4 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.3 Earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical Storm 32w (Kai-Tak), located approximately 175 nm southeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 15 knots.

Newsbytes:

Philippines – Moderate to heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in central Philippines as tropical storm Kai-tak made landfall on Saturday afternoon, and may hit more areas while moving westward. Locally known as Urduja, Kai-tak was barreling through the eastern region of Visayas, hitting islands and coastal towns. Heavy rains and large waves have stranded at least 11,000 people in various ports in the region. More than 10,000 people have fled to evacuation centers, local media reported. Disaster officials were verifying reports that three people, including a two-year-old boy, had been killed during the storm.

Environment

Oil drilling plans for Arctic wildlife refuge

Alaska is a long way north and four time zones away from Washington. But there is one item folded into United States President Donald Trump’s tax reform package, whose effects will be profound at the very tip of the northern-most state – the proposed opening up of part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to the oil and gas industry, leasing vast tracts of land in an area – believed to hold 27 billion barrels of oil and 3.7 trillion cubic metres of natural gas.

Long eyed by the oil and gas industry, the ANWR has been jealously guarded by environmentalists and local indigenous people who, to a significant degree, still live off the land and on the herds of caribou that roam it.

The environmentally unfriendly Trump Administration appears to be quite unconcerned about the disastrous impact oil drilling will have on the ANWR, its wildlife and people, so long as the US President’s big business supporters can capture and exploit more natural resources – just to make a bit more profit.

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