Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.4 Earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands, Greece.
5.2 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.
5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.
5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.
5.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.
5.0 Earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
No current tropical storms.
Texas, USA – Eight people have died in a tornado that hit Garland, Texas, raising the death toll to 26 in a week of storms in several US states. Five people in cars were blown off a motorway in Garland, near Dallas. Another three bodies were found in nearby towns. Two people were found dead at a petrol station in Copeville, and a third was killed in Blue Ridge.
Britain – Heavy rain has caused flooding in northern England, leading to evacuations of thousands in Lancashire and Yorkshire. At least 2,200 homes have been evacuated in York, with six severe flood warnings in the area. The Met Office has issued hundreds of flood alerts and warnings – more than 30 of them severe. The River Irwell and River Roch have both overflowed, causing flooding in Salford, Manchester city centre and Rochdale. Houses have been evacuated in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, and in Ribchester and Whalley, Lancashire.
South America – Update – The widespread floods have forced nearly 140,000 people from their homes in Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil following days of torrential rains that drenched a region where the countries border each other. Paraguay is the hardest hit with at least 100,000 evacuating according to the National Emergency Department. Argentina’s state-run news agency Telam reports that 20,000 people suffered the same fate in that nation, while Uruguay’s National Emergency System says some 9,000 were displaced by rivers that overflowed their banks. The civil defense department in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul says at least 7,000 people had to leave their homes.
Wildfires – California
Fire crews have stopped the spread of a wind-whipped wildfire along the Southern California coast, reopened a scenic highway and lifted an evacuation order for dozens of homes.
The 1,238-acre blaze in the steep foothills northwest of Ventura was 60 percent contained by nightfall Saturday and no homes burned, fire officials said at a news conference.
About 600 firefighters from various agencies, aided by water-dropping helicopters, fought the blaze during the day. About 400 were expected remain on the line overnight.
The fire began late Friday night and winds gusting to 50 mph pushed the flames down hills and over roads and railroad tracks, showering sparks on homes in coastal communities, fire officials said. About 50 homes in the Solimar Beach community were placed under mandatory evacuation orders and about 30 nearby homes were placed under voluntary evacuation.
Malaria in Kenya
Kerio Valley town, Marakwet East constituency has once more recorded a high number of malaria infections, with hospitals complaining about overcrowding due to the outbreak.
More than 100 people have undergone laboratory tests with results indicating that they had been infected with malaria.
There are not enough medical personnel and drugs to address the outbreak of the disease. The local hospital only has a total of 27 beds.(sic) Local officials have asked the Government to speedily assist with the outbreak.