Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.8 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.7 earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.4 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.2 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.2 earthquake hits Costa Rica.

5.1 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.1 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit the Molucca Sea.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Cosme is located about 690 mi…1110 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…nw or 315 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

NewsBytes:

China – Heavy rain has wreaked havoc in Nanping city in eastern China’s Fujian province, causing massive floods, turning roads to small rivers and trapping many locals in their homes. After two hours of torrential rain on Saturday, parts of Nanping were overwhelmed by significant flooding. Video footage filmed by locals showed high, muddy water pushing down the streets, washing away vehicles and demolishing small sheds. The fast-moving floodwaters prompted a rescue operation, with some 3,000 people evacuated to safety. No casualties were reported.

Wildlife

Sharks and Rays get Entangled in Plastic Waste.

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Scientists counted more than 1,000 documented instances of sharks and rays becoming tangled in our plastic debris in a recent study published yesterday (July 4) in the journal Endangered Species Reports. The actual number is probably much higher.

Sharks and rays are at higher risk of extinction than most other animals, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with only 23% of species classified as “least concern.”.

In 2016, while conducting research in Winyah Bay, South Carolina, researchers pulled on board a sandbar shark that had become badly entangled in plastic packaging twine. The plastic had sliced a ring all the way around the shark’s body, horrifying the researchers.

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The USA to Dump Rat Poison on Farallon Islands

For most humans, life on these jagged islands off the coast of San Francisco would be a nightmare: Waves lash the shore with treacherous force, the stench of guano fills the air, and the screech of seagulls is so loud that resident scientists wear earplugs to bed.

But wildlife thrive on “the Devil’s Teeth” — the name given to the Farallon Islands by sailors over a century ago.

The islands boast one of the world’s largest breeding colonies for seabirds, including the rare ashy storm-petrel, and their beaches are covered with lolling sea lions and seals. The waters surrounding the islands teem with 18 species of whales and dolphins.

The islands also host tens of thousands of house mice — an invasive species that is wreaking havoc on the native ecosystem, according to biologists.

The explosive growth in mice has attracted burrowing owls, who not only eat the mice but also prey upon the storm-petrels, a rare bird with a declining population.

The federal government contends that the only way to get rid of the mice is to drop 1.5 tons of rat poison pellets from a helicopter onto the islands. But Bay Area conservationists are worried that the poison, an increasingly controversial rodenticide called brodifacoum, will kill other species and make its way up the food chain.

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Disease

Japanese Encephalitis – India

In a follow-up on the Japanese encephalitis (JE) outbreak in Assam, India, government officials are now reporting some 190 cases and 49 deaths, as of July 5, according to local media. All districts of Assam, except Kokrajhar district, are currently affected by JE.

Dengue Fever – Singapore

The number of dengue fever cases in Singapore continues to rise with officials reporting about 500 cases during the most recent week. In fact, the National Environmental Agency (NEA) says a total of 6,117 dengue cases were reported this year during the first six months.