Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits Crete.

5.4 earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.

5.4 earthquake hits Timor, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits the Izu Islands, Japan.

5.2 earthquake hits Catamarca, Argentina.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are currently no tropical storm systems.

Newsbytes:

Albania – A father and son were missing in Albania on Sunday after their car was swept into a river during floods in the north of the country as heavy rains led emergency services to evacuate those at risk. Some schools were closed in the affected areas and Albanian emergency services had begun to evacuate people close to the town of Shkoder as a result of the flood danger. Albania, which relies all its electricity domestic production from hydro, has seen its worst drought in years during 2022, forcing the government to import more power. Although neighbouring Kosovo was also flooded, there were only reports of damage and no loss of life.

Environment

Huge Undeclared Gas Faring Emissions

Major oil companies are not declaring a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. The BBC found millions of tonnes of undeclared emissions from gas flaring at oil fields where BP, Eni, ExxonMobil, Chevron and Shell work.

Flared gases emit a potent mix of carbon dioxide, methane and black soot which pollute the air and accelerate global warming.

The BBC has also found high levels of potentially cancer-causing chemicals in Iraqi communities near oil fields where there is gas flaring. These fields have some of the highest levels of undeclared flaring in the world.

Wildlife

Fire Ant Invasion – Hawaii

The discovery of millions of fire ants in Kauai, Hawaii, marks the island’s most extensive infestation since the invasive species was first detected there in 1999. The infestation of millions of ants poses a risk to pets, the agriculture industry, and residents and tourists visiting Hawaii’s fourth-largest island.

Now when people go out hiking and go to the beach the ants rain down on them and sting them. There are a lot of reports of the ant stinging people while they sleep in their beds.

Fire ant stings can cause red, swollen welts that burn and itch. They can also, on occasion, cause painful pus-filled lesions. Welts caused by the stings can last for weeks.