Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits the Peru-Ecuador border.

5.5 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Volcano Islands off Japan.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Texas, USA – Sunday afternoon storms sparked flash flooding from Fort Worth all the way into Kaufman County. East Dallas, near Deep Ellum, saw nearly two inches of rain all at once. It led to several reports of high water and in some cases, parked cars floating up and over the sidewalk.

Global Warming

Hotter Cities

New research finds that a combination of global warming and localized heating due to the urban heat island (UHI) effect could cause some of the world’s cities to be as much as 14 degrees Fahrenheit warmer by the end of this century.

The UHI effect occurs as buildings, roadways and other man-made structures store far more heat than natural settings, especially after the sun goes down. This amplifies the local warming effects of climate change, according to a report published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Scientists recommend painting roofs a reflective white and planting more trees to limit urban warming.

Disease

Nigeria: Meningitis

Since the last report on May 22, nearly two weeks ago, Nigerian health officials have reported an additional 468 meningococcal meningitis cases, including 44 deaths.

Colombia: Leishmaniasis Outbreak

The ESE Regional Norte de Salud de Tibú in North Santander, Catatumbo, Colombia is reporting an outbreak of the parasitic infection, leishmaniasis, according to a RCN Radio report. Health officials say at least ten of those affected are Venezuelan nationals. Indigenous and peasant communities in remote areas of Catatumbo are the most affected, due to the lack of knowledge of the disease and the lack of medical care to control and care for these people.