Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits the northern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic ridge,

5.0 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Shetland Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore Oaxaca, Mexico.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm (ts) 02w (Surigae), located approximately 531 nm west-southwest of Iwo To, Japan, is tracking east-southeastward at 07 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 29s (jobo), located approximately 103 nm southeast of Dar es Salaam. Tanzania, is tracking westward at 08 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Guatemala – The disaster agency in Guatemala (CONRED) reported heavy rain caused flooding and landslides parts of Quiché Department over the last few days. Over 165 homes have been damaged and 1,500 people displaced. The heavy rain caused 4 landslides in Chicamán municipality and 2 in Uspantán municipality, where 3 incidents of flooding were also reported. Flooding from the La Taña river damaged around 100 homes in La Taña village, Uspantán, forcing 750 people to evacuate.

Wildlife

White-Nose Syndrome – Bats

White-nose syndrome has killed over 90% of northern long-eared, little brown and tri-colored bat populations in fewer than 10 years, according to a new study published in Conservation Biology. White-nose syndrome is a disease that affects hibernating bats and is caused by an invasive, cold-loving fungus. The fungus grows on bats’ skin, disturbing their hibernation and resulting in dehydration, starvation and often death. First documented in New York in 2006, white-nose syndrome has since spread to 35 states and seven Canadian provinces and has been confirmed in 12 North American bat species.

There is no known cure for white-nose syndrome, but scientists worldwide are working together to study the disease and determine how it can be controlled. Bats eat insects and are critical pest controllers. In the United States alone, bats are estimated to save farmers at least $3.7 billion per year in pest control services. The loss of so many nighttime insect predators can have cascading effects on the environment, with potential to affect forestry, agriculture and human health.

Numerous States have enacted protections for the bats, taking measures to ensure the disease does not spread further.