Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the northern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 earthquake hits the Izu Islands off the Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storm systems.

Newsbytes:

Philippines – Thousands of people in the Philippines remained in emergency shelters in the wake of devastating Christmas flooding, as the death toll climbed to 51 with 19 missing, authorities said Monday. Over 4,500 houses were damaged by the floods, along with roads and bridges, and some areas still struggle with disrupted power and water supply, the disaster management agency said.

Environment

Hottest in History

The summer drought and heat in China became the most severe ever recorded in the world. The nearly stationary heat dome lasted longer than any other and forced factories to shutter, threatening further supply chain disruptions.

China’s autumn harvest may have been lost, which could worsen the already acute global food crisis. “There is nothing in world climatic history that is even minimally comparative to what (happened) in China,” said climatologist Maximiliano Herrera.