Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.5 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical Storm Matmo is located approximately 500 nm south-southwest of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan and is tracking northwestward at 11 knots.

NewsBytes:

Nepal – Massive flooding of the Mahakali River in Nepal has claimed the lives of at least eight people and submerged more than 500 houses.

UK – A number of roads and homes were flooded across Essex, following intense storms. Flooding was also reported in Derbyshire.

Disease

Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update

WHO continues to monitor the evolution of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. New cases and deaths attributed to EVD continue to be reported from the three countries. Between 13 – 14 July 2014, 18 new cases and 11 deaths were reported from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. These include suspect, probable, and laboratory-confirmed cases. The occurrence of community deaths, still being reported in Guinea, remains a serious concern. The respective Ministries of Health are working with WHO and its partners to step up outbreak containment measures.

The current epidemic trend of EVD outbreak in Sierra Leone and Liberia remains serious, with 67 new cases and 19 deaths reported from 15 – 17 July 2014. The EVD outbreak in Guinea continues to show a declining trend, with no new cases reported during this period.

HIV – USA

The number of people diagnosed with HIV each year in the United States has declined overall in the last decade, but there have been increases in young gay men, according to a new study.