Nature – Images

Interesting Images

Against the star-spattered backdrop of the night sky in Russia, glowing green lights of a spectacular aurora rise in the shape of a giant firebird, its wings spread over an abandoned military power station.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.3 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

6.1 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.9 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.6 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

Two 5.3 earthquakes hit Papua, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.2 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits near the south coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits Veracruz, Mexico.

5.1 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

Two 5,0 earthquakes hit Papua Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

China – Rain-triggered floods killed three people and left three missing in southwest China’s Guizhou Province as of 4 p.m. Sunday. The heavy downpours that started Friday have caused floods in 17 counties and districts of Guizhou, affecting a total of about 455,700 residents, according to local emergency management authorities.

Turkey – Another body was discovered yesterday, five days after severe floods hit a town in the Black Sea province of Trabzon, bringing the death toll to eight. Search and rescue crews are still searching for two people missing after the disaster in Araklı town. The Çamlıktepe and Yeşilyurt neighborhoods of Trabzon were inundated by flash floods after heavy rainfall on June 18. It also triggered landslides in the neighborhoods where a river overflowed its banks.

Global Warming

Trump Hides Studies Proving Effects of Climate Change

The Trump administration has refused to publicize dozens of studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that conclude climate change is having negative effects on everything from rice production to allergies, a Politico investigation revealed. The studies in question looked at the effects of rising carbon dioxide, increasing temperatures, and volatile weather. The investigation revealed the Trump administration would not share findings that show the potential dangers and consequences of climate change.

Disease

Ebola – DR Congo – Update 

More than 1,500 people have died in a nearly 10-month-old outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the health ministry said Monday. As of Sunday, 1,506 people have died out of 2,239 recorded cases, it said.

Earlier this month, the virus claimed two lives in neighbouring Uganda among a family who had travelled to the DRC.

Nearly 141,000 people have been vaccinated in the affected eastern DRC provinces of Ituri and North Kivu, the epicentre of the outbreak.

Nipah Virus – India

In a follow-up on the human Nipah virus case in Ernakulum district of Kerala state, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan reported that out of 36 Pteropus species bats tested for Nipah, 12 (33 per cent) were found to be positive for anti-Nipah bat IgG antibodies and are believed to be the source of the human cases.