Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the Peru-Ecuador border.

5.1 earthquake hits Bali, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Remnants of Tropical Depression Three are located about 60 mi…100 km ese of Daytona beach Florida and about 100 mi…160 km se of St. Augustine Florida with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…n or 360 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression Dailila is located about 610 mi…985 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…nw or 315 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

NewsBytes:

New York, USA – Late Monday and early Tuesday, flash floods swamped Long Island and other New York urban areas drenched by a severe storm. Up to 4 inches (10 cm) of rain drenched New York’s eastern Long Island suburbs, while the widespread storm dumped as much as 8 inches (20 cm) of wetness on Port Arthur. Airlines canceled more than 300 flights in the United States, with the most affected airports throughout the New York area as well as North Carolina as the storm moved southwards.

Southeast Asia – At least 666 people have been killed by flash floods, lightning and torrential rain caused by the monsoon in South Asia, officials say, as further rain is expected in the region through the week. Millions have been affected in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan, where landslides and other effects of the rain have forced thousands to flee their homes. In India, at least 467 people have been killed in heavy rains since the start of July. In neighbouring Nepal, officials told Al Jazeera the death toll had risen to at least 95 on Tuesday, with 29 reported missing. In Bangladesh, at least 78 have been killed and more than 120 are missing in the country’s northern areas after rains and flooding throughout the month.

Wildlife

Loggers And Poachers Threaten Wildlife In The Republic Of Congo

The tropical forests of Western Equatorial Africa are increasingly coming under pressure from logging, poaching, and associated disturbances, a new study finds.

Researchers found that logging road construction has accelerated over the past two decades and led to a dramatic decline of intact forest lands in the region. Increased human immigration and degradation of natural resources follows in the wake of such road expansion.

The researchers documented the first instances of elephant poacher incursions in Goualougo Triangle region of Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park—considered the most pristine block of rainforest remaining in the entire Congo Basin.

This coincided with the arrival of roads and active logging in adjacent forest. Increased access to intact forest lands that facilitates illegal hunting raises concern and increases challenges for authorities tasked with protecting wildlife across Western Equatorial Africa.

Intact forest landscapes (IFLs) are forest and associated mosaics lacking overt human disturbance such as infrastructure. The vast majority of IFLs found in the Republic of Congo are located in the north of the country, which is also inhabited by extraordinary biodiversity, including chimpanzees and western lowland gorillas.

Forests of northern Congo are also composed of timber-rich stands, the exploitation of which is a big driver of the region’s economy and development.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

A wildfire inside the Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona, grew to 1,800 acres in size, prompting authorities to order mandatory evacuations in the surrounding area Monday. Firefighters hadn’t been able to contain any of the fire by Tuesday, and Arizona Governor declared a state of emergency in Coconino County. No homes or structures have been affected.

Disease

Dengue Fever – Singapore

Singapore environmental officials reported an additional 652 dengue cases last week, bringing the total for the year to 8,023. This total through July 20 is about five times more than the total number of dengue cases reported in the same period last year.

Hepatitis A – Tennessee, USA

Since the hepatitis A outbreak began in December 2017, Tennessee state health officials now put the outbreak case count at 2,022. Of this total, six out of ten cases required hospitalization and 10 deaths were reported.