Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.6 earthquake hits Alaska.

5.6 earthquake hits the northern mid-Alantic ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits the South Shetland Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the Kashmir-Xizang border.

5.1 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 earthquake hits the Maug Islands in the North Mariana Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits off the cost of Araucania, Chile.

5.0 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Delta is located about 420 mi…675 km ese of Cozumel Mexico and about 125 mi…200 km s of Grand Cayman with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 300 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 18e (Marie), located approximately 1118 nm weat-southwest of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 08 knots.

Tropical storm 19e (Norbert), located approximately 1295 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking northwestward at 06 knots.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm (ts) 16w (Chan-Hom), located approximately 586 nm east of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 04 knots.

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Indonesia – Heavy rainfall triggered flash flooding and landslides in areas on the island of Java, Indonesia, from 01 October 2020. Hundreds of homes have been damaged and 4 people are thought to be missing.

Philippines – Over 800 people were displaced by flooding in the province of Cebu in the region of Central Visayas, Philippines after heavy rain on 04 October 2020. Rivers broke their banks, flooding parts of Cebu City, where 329 people from 78 families were evacuated from their homes by disaster authorities. Over 400 people were evacuated in Bacayan, and just over 100 in the barangay of Pit-os in the north-western part of Cebu City. At least 9 homes were completely destroyed. Flooding also struck in Mandaue City after the Butuanon river overflowed, affecting at least 400 households.


Frogs the surprise survivors of Black Summer bushfires – Australia

Research from the Australian Museum and UNSW Sydney, published this week in the Conservation Science and Practice journal, reveals many frog species in southeastern Australia survived the unprecedented 2019-2020 summer bushfires.

The amphibians are one of the most threatened groups of animals on earth and face many risks, including the growing threat of fires due to the climate crisis.

By working with a team of thousands of citizen scientists using FrogID, scientists at the Australian Museum and UNSW were able to reveal that many frog species have remarkably persevered through the fire events.

Wildfires – Colorado

Two big Rocky Mountain wildfires flared up again Monday as dry, gusty winds blew embers past areas where firefighters had been making progress.

Firefighters at the Mullen Fire on the Wyoming-Colorado line and the Cameron Peak Fire in northern Colorado struggled as winds picked up in the afternoon as expected. No more structures were reported lost, however. Over 100 mainly recreational cabins and other structures have burned since the fires began.