There was a magnitude 5.7 earthquake beneath the Aegean Sea which jolted cities and island in Turkey and in Greece Tuesday, causing panic in some areas with no injuries or damages reported.
According to the Istanbul based Kandilli OBservatory the preliminary magnitude of the quake took place at 4:16 p.m. The mayor had the following to say about the tremor:
“It was one of the strongest earthquakes we have experienced,” “There was some panic during the quake, but things have returned to normal and there is no damage.”
The earthquake was felt lightly in Athens, and the U.S Geological Survey gave a preliminary magnitude of 5.7.
Mexico’s Colima Volcano Erupts
As of yesterday afternoon, there was a strong explosion of the Volcan de Fuego de Colima volcano which caused a high alert, and the evacuation of 3,000 tourists just inside the National Park Nevado de Colima.
In locations around the volcano, there have been intense rain of ashes, and from the summit there has been a raised cloud of lava and eruptive material over 2 km high. At the current time there were no damages or loss of life to report.
It is possible that in the next few days the eruptions could intensify in the area, but at the current time it is quiet at Colima.
Worst Wildfires In Decades Hit Australia
Many police and troops are combing wildfire sites across Tasmania for 100 people feared missing. There are high winds that have faded as fire crews try to contain 20 wildfires.
The heatwave that has hit the Australia is the worst in decades, police commissioner Scott Tilyard said that no fatal remains had been found, and authorities were still hopeful of
locating alive all the missing local residents and summertime tourists.
“We also have to brace ourselves for the fact that we may locate one or more deceased people before we end the process,” said Tilyard.”
In the year 2009 alone, 173 people died due to wildfires in Australia’s southern state of Victoria, which was the nation’s worst natural disaster of modern times.
The following is a map which reveals just how bad the fires have spread through Australia:
Fear Of Sea-Level Rise As Ice Sheets Melt Faster Than Predicted
Many Glaciologists fear that they may have a seriously underestimated potential for melting ice sheets to add to the sea-level rises coming in the next few decades.
There are ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica which contain 99.5 percent of the earth’s glacier ice and could raise sea levels by 65 metres if they melted all the way through. This
could all take place much more rapidly and severe than what was previously expected.
A 29cm rise in sea level rise is expected according to the Glaciologists.
“Our analysis shows the biggest uncertainty when it comes to sea levels is the contribution from the ice sheets,” said Professor Jonathan Bamber of Bristol University, lead author of the study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.”
“It shows glaciologists believe there is a one-in-20 chance of sea levels rising by a metre or more by 2100, and a metre rise in sea level is really very serious.
“The impacts of sea-level rise of this magnitude are potentially severe, implying a conceivable risk of the forced displacement of up to 187 million people within this century.” – www.bushfirecrc.com
Live Update: A magnitude 5.5 earthquake has just struck Craig Alaska, this looks to be yet another aftershock after the 7.7 earthquake that hit the region yesterday. No reports of damages or loss of life are reported at the time.