Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of southern Peru.

5.1 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical Depression Bonnie is located about 180 mi…290 km NNE of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…ESE or 105 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

Invest 93L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

Invest 91E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

Newsbytes:

Australia – Two people are dead and five injured as violent storms lashed Australia’s east coast on Saturday, causing widespread damage and flash flooding.

Texas, Louisiana, USA – Torrential rains in Texas which caused the flooding this week have spread to southern Louisiana, leaving parts of that state and Mississippi under a flash flood watch. Small streams in southern Louisiana have overflowed their banks, causing localized flooding. At least 16 people have died in Texas in the past week as some rivers swelled to levels not seen in more than 100 years, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes in low-lying areas.

Wildfires

Wildfires – USA

Firefighters are spending the weekend battling several wildfires in California, New Mexico and Arizona.

A wildfire is burning nearly 12 square miles in the San Mateo Mountains near Magdalena, which is about 100 miles southwest of Albuquerque. The fire was caused by lightning and is 20 percent contained.

In Arizona, firefighters are battling a much larger blaze. The Juniper Fire just south of the town of Young is now burning on over 28 square miles in the Tonto National Forest. That fire is also 20 percent contained and was caused by lightning.

Brush fires fed by a heat wave and tinder-dry conditions tore through the suburban hills north of Los Angeles on Saturday night, chasing hundreds of residents from their homes. Fire crews fought at least two blazes separated by only a few miles in West Hills and Calabasas, two suburbs above the San Fernando Valley.

Wildfires – Guatemala

Guatemala’s government on Saturday declared a state of catastrophe in the northern province of Peten, the cradle of Mayan civilization and one of the last green lungs of the Americas, due to wildfires that have destroyed 8,000 hectares (31 sq. miles) and put an additional 200,000 hectares (772 sq. miles) at risk.

At least 100 forest fires have been detected in Peten, a province with an area of 35,854 sq. kilometres (13,840 sq. miles) that borders Mexico and Belize

Disease

Yellow Fever – Ethiopia

Ethiopia is the latest African nation to record cases of yellow fever cases following an outbreak of the disease in Angola last year.

According to the United Nations, about 22 suspected cases of yellow fever have been reported in Ethiopia. One case has been recorded in the Republic of Congo and two in Sao Tome.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Kliuchevskoi (Kamchatka): The effusion of a lava flow on the southeastern flank of the volcano continues with little changes. A second flow branch has recently made its appearance. For now, no significant explosive activity is present, although this could of course change quickly (as often has in the past). A strong thermal signal is visible on satellite data.