Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical storm 02w (Nepartak), located approximately 47 nm northeast of Faraulep, is tracking northward at 04 knots.

Tropical Storm Agatha is located about 930 mi…1495 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

Tropical Storm Blas is located about 620 mi…995 km SW of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

Newsbytes:

Pakistan – Heavy monsoon rains overnight triggered flash floods that killed at least 30 people in a remote village in northern Pakistan, close to the Afghan border, officials said Sunday. Heavy monsoon rains overnight triggered flash floods that killed at least 30 people in a remote village in northern Pakistan, close to the Afghan border, officials said Sunday. Heavy monsoon rains overnight triggered flash floods that killed at least 30 people in a remote village in northern Pakistan, close to the Afghan border, officials said Sunday.

China – Chinese disaster relief authorities and experts said on Saturday that flood control efforts shall be ramped up to brace for severe floods along the Yangtze River as intense downpours continue to batter its drainage area. Chinese meteorological authority on Saturday evening renewed its orange alert for heavy rain in the south and southwest of China in the coming three days.

Wildlife

Spiny Invasion

Warming surface waters of the Mediterranean are luring invasive lionfish to a body of water where their presence could cause serious ecological and socioeconomic damage.

Researchers from Britain’s University of Plymouth say they found that, within a year of their first appearance, the poisonous predators colonized the waters around southeastern Cyprus.

While the bizarre spined species is native to the Indo-Pacific, it has spread widely across the western Atlantic and Caribbean in recent years.

It was earlier thought the Mediterranean would be too inhospitable for such an invasion. But climate change and a widening and deepening of the Suez Canal may mean that the lionfish now swimming around Cyprus are the vanguards of a much wider invasion, in a sea where fishing has supported civilizations for thousands of years.

Common lionfish at Shaab El Erg reef landscape crop

Disease

Hawaii – Hepatitis A

More than 12 cases of hepatitis A infection have been recently reported in Oahu and scientists have not established the cause of this outbreak yet.

According to doctors, hepatitis A is a very contagious virus which attacks the liver, and it has symptoms such as yellow eyes and skin, diarrhoea, dark urine, abdominal discomfort, loss of appetite, fatigue, and fever.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): The volcano continues to erupt with little changes overall during the past months. An explosion at the lava dome today at 13:35 local time produced an ash plume that rose approx. 1100 m above the summit.

Kilauea (Hawai’i): The newest lava flows on Kilauea continue to descend the Pulama pali and reach the coastal plain, where the blocky a’a transforms into the smoother pahoehoe lava.