Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.7 Earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.

5.6 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.5 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.5 Earthquake hits off the coast of southern Peru.

5.2 Earthquake hoots near Easter Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical storm 09w (Rammasun) is located approximately 435 nm east-southeast of Manila, Philippines, and is tracking west-southwestward at 10 knots.

NewsBytes:

Nepal – Three houses collapsed following heavy rainfall in the Sindhupalchok district of Nepal, claiming the lives of at least six people. A landslide at Mahadev Khola, Lele-4 in the Lalitpur district of Nepal has claimed the lives of at least four people and injured three others.

Global Warming

Pacific Island Nation Buys Ocean-Rise Insurance

The low-lying Pacific nation of Kiribati has purchased 8 square miles of land in Fiji, about 1,200 miles away, in the event its population of 103,000 needs to be relocated because of rising sea level.

Other island nations that face the same threat are considering similar purchases abroad.

“We would hope not to put everyone on [this] one piece of land, but if it became absolutely necessary, yes, we could do it,” Kiribati’s President Anote Tong told The Associated Press.

Kiribati is said to already be suffering some effects of rising sea level, including the contamination of fresh water supplies, the destruction of crops and buildings and the swamping of an entire island.

Tong has so far been unsuccessful in his attempts to receive compensation from the industrialized nations he says are responsible for the rising tide.

The many islands of the Kiribati archipelago lie only a few feet above sea level, making them among the most vulnerable to ocean rises resulting from climate change.

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Wildfires

Wildfires

Northern Lebanon

An enormous wildfire erupted in the forests near the northern village of Chekka Sunday, after several other blazes broke out around the country.

Civil Defense teams spent hours battling the blaze, which broke out in Al-Shaqaa hills of the Hiri village near the Lady of Nouriyeh Marian shrine.

Earlier, another fire started in an empty lot not far from fuel reservoirs and a main shopping center in Dora, on the northern outskirts of Beirut, but Civil Defense managed to extinguish it quickly.

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Washington State

Firefighters made progress Sunday battling a large wildfire that has burned thousands of acres of mountain wilderness in Washington state.

The wildfire — the largest of numerous ones burning in the West — started July 8 in Mills Canyon in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, which encompasses more than 4 million acres along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range.

The fire has burned 34 square miles and is 25% contained, said Daniel O’Connor, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman at the fire command centre.

Siberia

The area of wildfires in Russia’s Siberia has increased from 20,500 hectares on Sunday to 52,300 hectares on Monday, where 158 wildfires have been registered, press service of the local forestry authority reports.

Most wildfires are registered in the Irkutsk region (51 fires at 34,200 hectares) and in the Krasnoyarsk Territory (73 fires at 17,500 hectares). Besides, wildfires were registered in Buryatiya, Tyva and in the Tomsk region.

On Sunday, 61 wildfires at 2,300 hectares were extinguished in Siberia. From the beginning of the season, the local authorities have registered 6,659 wildfires at 1.212 million hectares.

The most frequent reasons of wildfires are inaccurate handling of fire and lightning strikes.