Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits the southwest Indian ridge.

5.2 Earthquake hits eastern Xizang, China.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits Oklahoma, USA.

5.1 Earthquake hits southeast of Easter Island.

5.1 Earthquake hits off the coast of Maule, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Myanmar.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Typhoon Halola is located about 116 nm south of Iwo To, Japan and is tracking west-northwestward at 11 knots.

Invest 99E remains an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

NewsBytes:

Iran – Flash floods triggered by heavy rainfall have claimed the lives of at least 11 people in northern Iran. Numerous building collapsed in the Alborz Province. At least nine people are missing. Moreover, high winds of up to 80 km/h caused heavy damage in Tehran and its neighbouring towns on Sunday evening.

Iran flood damage

Environment

June 2015: Earth’s Warmest June on Record

June 2015 was Earth’s warmest June since global record keeping began in 1880, said NOAA’s National Centres for Environmental Information (NCEI) on Monday. NASA also rated June 2015 as the warmest June on record.

A potent El Niño event in the Eastern Pacific that crossed the threshold into the “strong” category in early July continues to intensify, and strong El Niño events release a large amount of heat to the atmosphere, typically boosting global temperatures by at least 0.1°C. This extra bump in temperature, when combined with the long-term warming of the planet due to human-caused emissions of heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxide, makes it likely that 2015 will be Earth’s second consecutive warmest year on record.. Four of the six warmest months in recorded history (for departure from average) have occurred this year, according to NOAA.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Turkey

Many untouched forests and wild animals have been negatively affected by wildfires across the country, while experts warned against new forest fires in Turkey’s southern and Aegean provinces.

Fires in the Lice and Kulp districts of the southeastern province of Diyarbakır burned forests on July 19 and 20, though officials said they were under control on July 20 morning. A 1200-hectare area has been burned by the fires.

Meanwhile, a fire has started in a forest in the Gülnar district of Mersin province in southern Turkey.