Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands off New Zealand.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands off New Zealand.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Gulf of Aden.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands off New Zealand.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Bismarck Sea.

5.2 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 Earthquake hits east of the Kuril Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Gulf of Aden.


Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Atlantic Ocean

Remnants of Tropical storm Chantal were located 260 mi (415 km) S of the eastern tip of Cuba. There are no coastal tropical storm warnings or watches in effect. Chantal has degenerated into a tropical wave. The remnants of Chantal wee expected to spread over Jamaica and eastern Cuba Wednesday night and Thursday and into the northwestern Bahamas and over or near the Florida Peninsula by Friday. The last advisory has been issued on this system.

In the Western Pacific

Typhoon Soulik was located approximately 317 nm southeastward of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. Soulik has weakened slightly from its peak winds of 145 mph, but is expected to maintain Category 4 strength into Thursday, then weaken to Category 3 strength under the influence of high wind shear of 20 – 25 knots, before hitting the northern end of Taiwan on Friday. Soulik will then make landfall in China near Fuzhou on Saturday, most likely as a Category 1 typhoon.

Mudslide in Western China Buries Dozens

Flooding in western China, the worst in 50 years for some areas, triggered a landslide in Sanxi, Dujiangyan City, Wednesday that buried about 30 people, trapped hundreds in a highway tunnel and destroyed a high-profile memorial to a devastating 2008 earthquake.

Meanwhile, to the northeast, at least 12 workers were killed when a violent rainstorm caused the collapse of an unfinished coal mine workshop they were building.

Severe Rainstorms Batter South West China

Four people were missing and three bridges had collapsed in southwest China’s Sichuan province as of Tuesday afternoon after severe rainstorms battered the region, including some quake-stricken areas on Tuesday.

Latest data from Sichuan’s meteorological bureau showed about 880 mm of rain had fallen in Dujiangyan since Sunday. The bureau raised its storm alert to its highest level on Tuesday evening. They have had about 9 inches (22 centimeters) of rain a day for 4 days now with more coming.

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Other News:

Mudslides and flooding in the Waldo Canyon, Rainbow Falls and Cascade areas in Colorado, USA, shut down parts of a motorway for nearly three hours.

Landslide at Lamachaur in the Pyuthan district of Nepal has claimed the lives of at least two people and injured two others.

Flash floods triggered by heavy downpours have affected nearly 10,000 people across Bangladesh. Flood waters have submerged 35 villages in Dinajpur due to overflow of the Punarbhaba, Atrai and Kakra rivers.


Wildfires Nevada USA

The lightning-sparked Carpenter 1 blaze has raged through a national forest recreation area in the mountains northwest of Las Vegas as more than 1,000 firefighters battled to regain lost ground yesterday evening.

The landscape burned by the fire has grown by 5,000 acres since Wednesday alone, while the containment around the fire zone slipped from 15 percent to 10 percent.

The blaze has pumped smoke into the air over the greater Las Vegas metropolitan area, and charred more than 25,000 acres of pinyon-juniper woodlands since it was sparked by lightning on July 1, officials said.

Six buildings, including at least one commercial structure, were destroyed on Tuesday, officials said. It was not immediately known whether the others were residences or businesses.

No further structures were known to be in immediate danger on Thursday.

The blaze was ranked as the top U.S. firefighting priority by federal authorities.


Bushfires Australia

Tasmanian bushfire crews are bracing for worsening conditions as they battle a large wildfire in the south of the state.

Cooler weather has brought relief to Australian fire fighters battling bushfires across the south east of the country. More than a hundred and twenty fires are still burning, with more than two dozen still out of control.


Newcastle Disease Spreads in Cyprus

The Cypriot veterinary authorities have reported seven further outbreaks of Newcastle disease in Lefkosia and Paphos.

Chikungunya Disease Outbreak in the Philippines

Officials of Tampakan town in South Cotabato have declared the entire area under a state of calamity due to the continuing outbreak of the mosquito-borne chikungunya disease.

Chikungunya is a viral disease that is spread by mosquitoes and causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. There is no cure for the disease.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): Strong activity continues. This morning, a relatively large vulcanian-type explosion produced a plume rising to 14,000 ft (4.3 km) altitude. The the volcano continued to emit ash for several hours following the explosion.

White Island (New Zealand): GeoNet issued a new bulletin about unusual seismic activity at White Island, but mentions that there is no current eruption: “Over the past few weeks White Island has repeatedly produced very small volcanic earthquakes. These small tremor bursts are occurring like clockwork, approximately every 70 seconds, creating a unique pattern on our earthquake drum, with hundreds of these small bursts recorded every day.”

Popocat├ępetl (Central Mexico): Activity increased again a few hours ago. Strong tremor and near continuous emissions as well as bright glow from the summit can be seen on the current seismogram and on webcams.

San Diego (Colombia): (9 Jul) On 5 July 2013, Colombian scientists from INGEOMINAS have installed a first seismic monitoring station in order to find out whether San Diego volcano is potentially still active or not.