Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits south of Panama.

5.2 earthquake hits the mid-Indian ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 28w (Rai), located approximately 476 nm southeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 11 knots.

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Environment

Undersea Light Pollution

A new survey of the world’s coastal waters has found that up to 730,000 square miles are being exposed to “biologically significant” levels of artificial light at night.

While many species are accustomed to the regular changes in light that occur naturally through the day, the researchers say light from coastal developments can scatter a long way out to sea, and its color temperatures are quite different from those of the stars, moon and sun. They say the intensity of the artificial light offshore is “alarming” in the Mediterranean, Persian Gulf and South China Sea. Previous studies found the light harms the ability of some species to use the moon and stars to find food, but the study says further research is needed.