Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits near the coast of central Peru.

5.2 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Western Pacific: At least four children are confirmed dead by tropical storm Rumbia with three others reported missing in central Philippines. Tropical storm Rumbia was located approximately 235 nm southward of Hong Kong.

In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical storm Dalila was located about about 150 mi (245 km) S of Manzanillo, Mexico. Gradual strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours and Dalila could become a hurricane on Tuesday. The centre is expected to remain well offshore the southwestern coast of Mexico, but Dalila is still expected to produce tropical storm conditions within the Mexican warning area on Monday.

Flooding and Landslides in China

Flooding and landslides across China have claimed the lives of at least 14 people. At least eight people died due to hailstorm in Erdos City in Mongolia. Landslides buried four in Anhui province in eastern China. Two others were buried in a landslide in Sichuan province. Six rivers overflowed in Huizhou district.

Other News:

A heavy storm in Karak, Pakistan has injured twenty five people. The storm also disrupted communications and power lines with hospitals declaring emergencies.

Heavy rainfall has caused flash flooding in Orange County and the Town of Chapel Hill in California, USA.

The National Weather Service has confirmed two small tornadoes in the Socastee area in South Carolina, USA on Saturday. A tornado with winds of up to 60 mph hit Cameron Village and another tornado touched near the Amberfield neighborhood. Tornadoes caused roof damage and downed trees.

Wildfires

Wildfires – USA

Arizona:

20 firefighters were involved in a “serious incident” while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire in a central Arizona community. One of the firefighters has been located, while 19 died in the fires.

Earlier on Sunday, the fast-moving fire prompted evacuations of 50 homes in the Buckhorn, Model Creek and Double A Bar Ranch areas about 137km northwest of Phoenix. In the afternoon, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office expanded the evacuations to include residents in the Peeples Valley area and in the town of Yarnell. The wildfire also forced the closure of parts of state Route 89.

The Yarnell Hill Fire now covers nearly 809 hectares. The fire started on Friday, but picked up momentum on Sunday as the area experienced high temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions. About 200 firefighters are working at the fire, but an additional 130 firefighters and more water- and retardant-dropping helicopters and aircraft are on their way.

Utah:

Crews throughout Utah are battling four wildfires that have started this weekend in Utah — at least three lightning caused — that have burned close to 3,000 acres.

Idaho:

Crews in south-central Idaho are working to contain a 5-square-mile lightning-caused wildfire burning several miles northwest of Hollister.

Environment

Heat Wave Across Western USA

The National Weather Service’s thermometer recorded a peak temperature of 128 degrees in Death Valley National Park, which ties the record for the hottest June day anywhere in the country.

However, the Los Angeles Times reports that the National Park Service thermometer — 200 yards away — recorded a temperature of 129.9, which shatters the record for June.

In Las Vegas, the mercury shot up to 117 degrees on Sunday to tie the city’s record high and to cause more discomfort for residents and tourists in the sprawling desert city. Since record-keeping began in Las Vegas in 1937, the only other times the temperature reached 117 degrees were on July 19, 2005, and July 24, 1942. Death Valley’s the record high of 134 degrees set nearly a century ago on July 10, 1913, stands as the planet’s highest recorded temperature.

Triple-digit heat struck again elsewhere in Southern California, while metropolitan Phoenix saw just a slight drop in temperatures after experiencing record-breaking 120 degrees Saturday.

Six half-marathon runners in Southern California were hospitalized Sunday for heat-related illnesses. A day earlier, paramedics responding to a Nevada home without air conditioning found an elderly man dead. Runners in the Southern California race who required medical attention were extremely dehydrated, and some experienced cramp.

In Utah, a record 105-degree heat caused an interstate on-ramp to buckle in Salt Lake City, and hampered firefighters in their battle against three wildfires. The Interstate 215 on-ramp had to be closed for four hours Saturday night after a short section of it expanded.

Several Southern California communities set same-day record highs Saturday including Palm Springs, where the mercury peaked at 122 degrees. In Northern California, Redding reported a high of 110, Sacramento had 107 while Fresno saw 109.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Tungurahua (Ecuador): IGPEN reports an increase of seismic activity over the past days which might herald a new phase of activity in the near future. The number of earthquakes associated with fluid movement within the volcano has risen from 10 daily earthquakes on June 20 to 54 earthquakes on 29 June. These so-called long period (LP) earthquakes often reflect an increase in pressure inside the volcano. So far, the earthquakes are small and not felt by people.