Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.6 Earthquake hits La Rioja, Argentina.
5.3 Earthquake hits Tonga.
5.2 Earthquake hits Crete.
5.2 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.
5.2 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.
5.1 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.
5.1 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic ridge.
5.1 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.
5.0 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.
5.0 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Emily is located about 50 mi…85 km NNE of Vero Beach Florida with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…ENE or 65 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.
In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Irwin is located about 1200 mi…1930 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 335 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.
In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 07w (Noru), located approximately 202 nm west-southwest of Iwo To, is tracking northwestward at 07 knots.
Tropical depression 13w (Thirteen), located approximately 452 nm north-northwest of Wake Island, is tracking southeastward at 08 knots.
Temperature and salinity double in Mediterranean
The Mediterranean is responding very quickly to global warming and the rate of evaporation is higher than precipitation and fluvial supply. Temperatures and salinity is also increasing at two and a half times the rate at the midway point in the twentieth century and higher than that of the oceans, according to research published in Scientific Reports.
The data of the study shows that since the end of 1993 until today, the temperature and salinity of the water coming from the eastern Mediterranean, between 300 and 600 meters below sea level, have experienced significant variations. In particular, the rapidity with which they are increasing is two and a half times that seen in the eastern Mediterranean in the second half of the twentieth century and is much higher than that seen in oceans.
Wildfires – Montana, USA
A fire in the Lolo National Forest in western Montana has forced the evacuation of more homes in Mineral County. The fire about 12 miles southeast of Superior continues to grow and is moving toward scattered residences in the area. The fire has burned about 6.7 square miles since it was ignited by lightning on July 16. There are about 420 firefighters aided by helicopters battling the fire. They have managed to contain about 5 percent of the fire.
Firefighters are battling other fires in the Lolo forest as well as in the Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Bitterroot, Helena and Lewis and Clark national forests. Grass fires also are being fought in other areas of the state.
Another fire near Roundup north of Billings is threatening some nearby homes.
Portugal hepatitis A
In a follow-up to the hepatitis A outbreak in Portugal this year, 402 cases have been confirmed since the beginning of the year, according to local media (computer translated). The majority of cases occurred in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley regions. This is up from 322 cases one month ago.
Cholera cluster reported in Misamis Oriental, Philippines
T In a follow-up to a report on a diarrhea outbreak in Misamis Oriental, Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) noted the clustering of Cholera cases in the Municipality of Medina. 557 suspect cases were identified in 17 of 19 barangays of the municipality from June 1 to July 17, with cases noted to peak in June 29 to July 1. Two deaths due to severe dehydration were reported.
Diphtheria cases continue spread in Venezuela
The vaccine-preventable disease was reportedly eradicated in Venezuela decades ago; however, it saw a reemergence in 2016 with 324 cases.
According to a Reuters report this weekend, Venezuela notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of around 123 cases of suspected diphtheria between January and mid-June, bringing the total number of suspected cases in the past year to 447, according to a Cuban health ministry web page which reported the figures.
Getting official figures from the Venezuelan Health Ministry has been difficult as the Epi Bulletin is rarely published.
The crisis in Venezuela is immense with skyrocketing inflation rates, food and medicine shortages and incredible violence and civil unrest. The health care crisis has showed us hospitals with no supplies, a lack of running water and electricity, a malaria epidemic and the resurgence of diphtheria after 24 years.