Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 Earthquake hits near the coast of western Turkey.

A powerful earthquake Monday afternoon killed a woman and damaged buildings on the Greek island of Lesbos. The earthquake, magnitude 6.4, was centered south of Lesbos in the Mediterranean Sea, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Shaking was also detected in nearby Turkey and on the Greek mainland. “Most of the houses in the village of Vrissa … have been badly damaged by the earthquake,” Lesbos Mayor Spyros Galinos wrote. He told local media that it looked like the village had been “flattened by bombs.”

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5.2 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Koryakia, Russia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the western Pacific: Tropical Storm 04w (Merbok), located approximately 47 nm north-northeast of Hong Kong, is tracking northward at 09 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Depression Calvin is located about 45 mi…70 km NNE of Puerto Angel Mexico with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 300 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Uruguay Update – Flooding in South America has forced almost 6 000 people to flee their homes along the Uruguay River. More than 5 700 people fled their homes in Uruguay along the major waterway, as well as along some creeks flowing into it, since flooding started on May 26. The bulk of those affected are in Salto department, a mostly rural area, as well as neighbouring areas Artigas, Paysandu and Rio Negro, all on the country’s western edge.

Bangladesh – Incessant rainfall triggered by the depression formed in the Bay of Bengal has inundated huge areas in Bhola and Bandarban districts, causing immense suffering to thousands of people. In Bhola, at least 30,000 people have been marooned as tidal water broke through dykes in Monpura and Tazumuddin upazilas. The depression that developed in the Bay of Bengal couple of days ago was sweeping across Bhola as a land depression. Local sources said the Meghna and Tentulia rivers flowing across the district have turned turbulent in effect of the depression. Tidal water was flowing about three-four feet above the normal level. Detached from the mainland and having no flood protection, Kolatoli Char, Dhak Char, Char Nizam and Char Shamsuddin areas are also being inundated during the high tides following the depression. People living in these areas are facing crisis of drinking water and food.

Global Warming

Undoing Trump

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee became the 13 U.S. mayor to use public resources to repost Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) web pages on global warming that were deleted by the Trump administration earlier this year.

Lee said the “American people are entitled to the publicly-funded EPA research on climate change” in announcing his office would post the deleted pages on the city’s Open Gov website.

Drinking Water Along The US-Mexico Border Threatened By Global Warming

Global warming looms large in the Southwest as rising temperatures threaten to diminish already scarce water supplies. A 2014 United Nations report suggests that globally, the burden of climate change will impact the poor the most. Some of the most marginalized communities in the United States are found along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Some people living along the border already live without access to running water. In New Mexico, 90 percent of the population gets their drinking water from the ground — fed by melting snow packs from mountains, rivers and streams. But with rising temperatures and warmer and shorter snow seasons, less of that water is making it into the aquifer.

To keep up with plummeting water levels, municipal and private wells are being drilled deeper into the earth. But for people living in low-income communities along the border known as colonias, that is not a viable option.

Many residents depend on shallow wells dug by hand. Water is struck 25 feet below peoples’ homes, the families cannot not drink it because it is not safe. Instead, they used it to shower and do their laundry, until they realized that was a problem too. The clothes was like turning yellow and rotten.

A 2015 NASA climate study projects Southwest water supplies will only be diminished further with an even harsher drought projected in the next 30 years.

Florida reef rescuers race to keep pace with climate change

Ten years ago, when scientists in South Florida began a massive rescue effort to rebuild the nation’s only inshore reef, replanting nursery-grown staghorn coral with a gardening technique perfected in the Pacific seemed like an easy solution.

From Key West to Fort Lauderdale, volunteers and scientists planted thousands of staghorns in reef rescues. More than 90 percent of Lirman’s corals survived — about 10 percent more than expected —signaling a rousing success. The work helped shift reef restoration from uglier, more costly engineered artificial reefs created with scuttled ships, which are also more susceptible to invasive species and vulnerable to sea rise. Labs expanded to meet the growing demand, added more kinds and perfected techniques.

Then came back-to-back bleaching events that started in 2014. In 2015, more than half of Lirman’s transplanted staghorns died. Suddenly, the reef gardeners were faced with a daunting new obstacle: climate change.

So he began intentionally stressing the coral — exposing them to heat and light — in his lab. Those that recover are more hardened to future stresses.

If his field trial works, Baker said it’s possible to replicate the hardening elsewhere in the world, like the Great Barrier reef, where an ongoing bleaching has ravaged an area larger than Italy and covering two-thirds of the reef.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Alaska, USA

The Bureau of Land Management says since yesterday, 19 new fires have started west of the Yukon River in the Galena zone, an area of about 93 million acres.

These latest blazes raise the current number of active wildfires in Alaska to about 50.

Alaska Division of Forestry officials say they’re busy fighting or monitoring 15 fires. The fires, most of which were believed started by lightning, have burned 65 square miles.

Disease

Measles eliminated in Bhutan and Maldives

Bhutan and Maldives have eliminated measles, a highly infectious disease that is a major childhood killer globally. The two countries have become the first in WHO South-East Asia Region to be verified for having interrupted endemic measles virus transmission, ahead of the 2020 Regional target.