Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.3 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.
5.7 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.
5.7 Earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.
5.1 Earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.
5.0 Earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.
5.0 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic ridge.
5.0 Earthquake hits northwestern Kashmir.
In the Eastern Pacific Ocean:
Tropical storm Douglas is located about 500 mi…800 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.
In the Western Pacific:
Tropical depression 08w (eight) has developed into Tropical Storm Neogari and is located approximately 207 nm west of Andersen AFB, has tracked northwestward at 13 knots over the past six hours.
In the Atlantic:
Hurricane Arthur is located about 145 mi…235 km ENE of Norfolk Virginia with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…NE or 40 degrees at 21 mph…34 km/h.
Arthur begins to weaken as it pulls away from North Carolina
Paraguay – Paraguayan officials warned on Thursday of a possible environmental disaster because a flooding river is threatening a dump site for toxic residues. State environmental chief Marina Cristina Morales said the Paraguay river already has flooded the Cateura dump in the capital city of Asuncion. The river has risen nearly 6.5 feet (2 meters) above normal, though it was still 9 feet (2.8 meters) below the level of a containment site for toxic waste. Morales said. The flooding, after days of torrential rains, already has forced the evacuation of about 300,000 people near the Paraguay and Parana rivers. Most of them were still evacuated Thursday, sheltered in camps of improvised tents. Paraguay’s weather service forecasts that the swollen rivers will begin to slowly recede back to their normal levels by August.
Wild U.K. Beavers to Be Made Extinct … Again
Wildlife campaigners say they are outraged by the U.K. government’s plans to capture the first wild beavers to be seen in the English countryside in 500 years.
Beavers were hunted to extinction during the reign of Henry VIII in the 16th century.
In January, night-vision footage revealed that up to three beavers had set up home along the River Otter, which runs through Somerset and Devon.
They have since become a tourist attraction but have also felled trees around their new home.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says it plans to capture and “rehome” the toothy animals and is looking for a zoo or wildlife sanitary to take them in.
Some say the countryside has changed since the beavers disappeared, and there needs to be a study to see how their reintroduction might affect today’s environment. Others say they want to make sure the dam-building creatures are disease-free.
But wildlife consultant Derek Gow told the Daily Mail: “This will be the first time in history that we have exterminated a native mammal twice, setting an extraordinary historical precedent.”
Global Temperature Extremes
The week’s hottest temperature was 125.0 degrees Fahrenheit (51.0 degrees Celsius) at Death Valley, California.
The week’s coldest temperature was minus 105.9 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 76.6 degrees Celsius) at Russia’s Vostok Antarctic research station.
Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.
Wildfires Canada – Wildfires hit B.C. hard
Wildfire season made its first big surge of the year around British Columbia with 15 fires in the Prince George area alone Thursday.
Fires near Quesnel, Barkerville and Wells were reported the day before, and authorities blamed lightning as the cause of the blazes.
A wildfire in eastern Arizona’s White Mountains continues to grow in size but so does its containment.
Fire officials say the San Juan Fire located 18 miles southeast of Show Low grew to nearly 11 square miles by Tuesday night, up from 10 square miles earlier in the day.
Meanwhile, containment of the fire is at 15 percent, up from 5 percent.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
Stromboli volcano (Eolian Islands, Italy): A new and relatively well-fed lava flow started to flow onto the Sciara del Fuoco early this morning (from around 4:45 local time). The vent of the overflow is again the NE hornito. At the moment, the flow is still active and has a length of approx 2-300 m on the upper Sciara beneath the NE crater.