Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.8 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.6 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.5 earthquake hits Mendoza, Argentina.

5.3 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.2 earthquake hits northern Peru.

5.1 earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

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

5.0 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Turkey – At least four people were killed and three others injured on Tuesday in flash floods in Turkey’s northeastern province of Trabzon, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday. The ministry said two streams overflowed after heavy rainfall and floods hit Arakli district in the Black Sea region with six people still missing.

Global Warming

Melting of Himalayan glaciers has doubled in past 20 years

The rate glaciers are melting in the Himalayas has doubled in just 20 years, according to a study which examined 40 years of satellite data.

Glaciers have been losing more than a vertical foot and a half of ice each year since 2000. This equates to 8 billion tons of water being released – or the equivalent of 3.2 million Olympic-size swimming pools.

The rate of melting is more than double that which took place between 1975 and 2000, according to the study published in Science Advances. It is the latest indication climate change is threatening the water supplies for 800 million people living downstream.

These glaciers currently harbour 600 billion tons of ice and they may have lost as much as one quarter of their mass over the past four decades.

Environment

‘Fly-Pocalypse’ in Russian Town

A farmer in Russia’s Sverdlovsk region allegedly fertilized his field with chicken litter and unwittingly unleashed a fly-pocalypse, according to local news reports.

Footage recently captured by state news agency Channel One Russia and shared online June 13 revealed unsettling views from the village of Lazorevy. In the video, piles of dead and near-dead flies cover floors, tables and other surfaces in villagers’ homes. Meanwhile, outdoors, seething swarms of flies gather on roads, yards and fields.

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Volcanos

Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the week of 12 June – 18 June 2019

Colima | Mexico : Centro Universitario de Estudios e Investigaciones de Vulcanologia – Universidad de Colima reported that intermittent steam-and-gas emissions mainly from the NE side of the crater and small explosions continued to be recorded during 8-14 June. Weather conditions often prevented visual observations of the crater.

Pavlof | United States : On 12 June AVO reported that elevated levels of seismicity at Pavlof, recorded since mid-May, had declined to background levels. The Aviation colour Code was lowered to Green and the Volcano Alert Level was lowered to Normal. The report noted that vapor plumes were occasionally visible in webcam views and elevated surface temperatures in the summit crater were sometimes identified in satellite images; both are common occurrences at Pavlof.

Piton de la Fournaise | Reunion Island (France) : The eruption at Piton de la Fournaise that began at 0635 on 11 June continued through 12 June from fissures on the SSE flank of Dolomieu Crater. The front of the lava flow had reached around 1,200-1,300 m elevation by 0620. OVPF stated that the eruption ended at 1200 on 13 June.

Sangeang Api | Indonesia : The Darwin VAAC reported that on 17 June multiple discrete emissions with increasing ash content over a period of about an hour rose from Sangeang Api to altitudes of 1.2-2.1 (4,000-7,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted W and WNW, based on satellite images and weather models. A thermal anomaly was also visible. The Alert Level remained at 2 (on a scale of 1-4).

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.8 earthquake hits southwestern Russia.

6.7 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

6.4 earthquake hits near the west coast of Honshu, Japan.

6.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Two 5.2 earthquakes hit the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Komandorskiye Ostrova, Russia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Tajikistan – During 1 to 7 June 2019, continuous heavy rains resulted in mudflows and floods countrywide. In total, 10 mid-scale mudflows and floods have occurred throughout Tajikistan. 1,350 households (6,750 people) were heavily affected. At least 4 persons were killed in Khuroson, Penjikent and Pyanj. The mudflows repeatedly hit the same locations (in Farkhor and Vose) on 6 June 2019. Around 650 households were evacuated to neighbouring villages.

Wildlife

Namibia to Auction Wildlife

Namibia will auction one thousand of its wild animals because a severe drought is threatening their lives. Namibia has successfully managed to grow its wildlife population in recent years, but this severe drought is putting immense pressure on it. The Ministry of Agriculture reported this April that 63,700 animals died in 2018 due to severe weather conditions.

The government expects to raise nearly one million euros (17 million Namibian dollars) for wildlife conservation by selling the following: buffaloes, oryx, elands, impalas, giraffes, kudus, springboks, wildebeest and elephants. The proceeds will be invested into the Game Products Trust Fund which manages income derived from trophy hunting, donors funds and wildlife auctions.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Alberta, Canada

Advancing flames of a wildfire have forced the evacuation of the hamlet of La Crete in northern Alberta. More than 9,000 people have been forced from their homes due to out of control wildfires in the region. The Chuckegg Creek, Jackpot Creek and McMillan complex wildfires together cover an area of about 6,750 square kilometres.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits the Sichuan-Guizou border, China.

Twelve people have died and 125 others have been injured following the earthquake according to local reports.

5.6 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.5 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.5 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic ridge.

Two 5.2 earthquakes hit eastern Sichuan, China.

5.1 earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit the Kermedec Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

USA – Flash flood warnings have been issued for Texas across to the mid-Atlantic by the National Weather Service (NWS), remaining in effect until this morning. Across the country, two to three inches of rain has already fallen, with expected showers to follow over the course of the morning, affecting the eastern states and coast. This rainfall is expected to cause flash flooding in Grayson in Georgia, Oldtown in Idaho, Naples in Florida, Coalton in Ohio, Flatwoods in West Virginia, Russell in Massachusetts and Hopewell, Virginia.

Disease

Chicken Pox – France

France is reporting an epidemic of varicella, or chickenpox infections, which includes at least twelve regional outbreaks. Approximately half the country was affected by chickenpox in the week ending June 9. On average, there are 34 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Measles – DR Congo

In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN health officials report an additional 7500 suspect cases in the past two weeks, bringing the total cases since the beginning of the year to 106,870. The death toll due to the measles outbreak has reached 1,815.

Panama Disease – Thailand

The Thai Department of Agriculture has dispatched officials to inspect a large banana plantation in Chiang Rai province after a report of an outbreak of Panama disease, which is known to rip through plantations causing significant damage. Officials were seen destroying infected banana trees in a bid to contain the disease. Panama disease has never occurred in Thailand before.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 Earthquake hits the Flores region, Indonesia.

6.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.6 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

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

5.4 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.2 earthquake hits the Sumba region, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Michoacan, Mexico.

5.1 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.