Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.3 earthquake hits Taiwan.
5.3 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.
5.1 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.
5.1 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.
5.0 earthquake hits the Moro Gulf, Mindanao in the Philippines.
5.0 earthquake hits north of Ascension Island.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression Alvin is located about 695 mi…1120 km w of the southern tip of Baja California maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…nw or 306 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.
In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 04w (Four), located approximately 436 nm east-northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 14 knots.
Heatwave in Europe Continues
Europe sweltered Saturday on the sixth day of a widespread, deadly heatwave that has fuelled record-breaking temperatures, huge blazes and pollution peaks. France, Italy, Spain and some central European nations posted all-time high temperatures.
The heat has officially claimed four lives in France, two in Italy and another two in Spain, including a 17-year-old harvest worker, a 33-year-old roofer and a 72-year-old homeless man.
The hot spell sparked several blazes, including in Spain where firefighters were again battling high flames in strong winds and blistering heat Saturday just after they managed to contain another inferno after nearly 72 hours. A fire that started Friday in the central Spanish town of Almorox burnt at least 1,600 hectares (4,000 acres), spilling over into the Madrid region and forcing the evacuation of a village, emergency services said.
In France, about 40 fires were reported, razing about 600 hectares and dozens of houses in the Gard department in the country’s south. This is the same region where a new French record of 45.9 degrees Celsius (114.6 degrees Fahrenheit) was set Friday, prompting the Meteo France weather service to issue its highest alert level of red for the first time.
Winegrowers in the south of France said their precious crops have been badly burnt.
Dengue Fever – Reunion – Update
Although the number of dengue cases reported in this year’s Reunion epidemic has decreased significantly in the past month and a half–about 300 cases reported per week compared to more than 1300 mid-April at the height of the epidemic–health authorities raised the epidemic level from a 3 (low intensity epidemic) to a 4 (medium intensity epidemic).
Since the beginning of the epidemic in 2018, more than 23,000 confirmed cases have been reported. More than 16,000 cases have been reported since January 1 this year.