Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits the Batan Islands in the Philippines.

5.7 earthquake hits the Batan Islands in the Philippines.

5.4 earthquake hits the Batan Islands in the Philippines.

5.4 earthquake hits the Pacific Antarctic ridge.

5.3 earthquake hits the Batan Islands in the Philippines.

5.3 earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.2 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 07w (Nari), located approximately 160 nm west of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 15 knots.

NewsBytes:

Bangladesh – The death toll from monsoon storms in Bangladesh rose above 100 on Friday with flood levels still rising in many parts of the country. About 20 people have died in 48 hours, taking the toll to 104, making it one of the worst monsoons in years. Most victims have drowned, but some have been killed by landslides, snake bites and lightning strikes.

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Pakistan – Pakistani officials say flash floods triggered by heavy rains and a landslide have killed at least five people, including two tourists, in the country’s northwest. Several people were also injured over the past 24 hours in the floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Environment

After Scorching Europe, Heat Wave Is Poised to Melt Greenland

A heat wave that shattered records in Europe this week is on the move, and it could melt billions of tons of ice in Greenland.

Hot air that originated over Northern Africa recently brought blistering heat to Europe, Paris sizzled at a staggering 108.7 degrees Fahrenheit (42.6 degrees Celsius), and temperature records were broken across the continent by up to 6 degrees F (3 degrees C).

A representative of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced that atmospheric flow would carry this scorching heat to Greenland, which lost over 170 billion tons (160 billion metric tons) of ice in July and 80 billion tons (72 billion metric tons) of ice in June from surface melting alone. When this warm air arrives in Greenland, it will likely cause “another major peak in melt area.

Pumping Deeper

The first nationwide study of U.S. groundwater wells shows that they are being dug deeper and deeper to supply the country’s expanding freshwater needs.

But scientists caution that the practice is not sustainable because groundwater supplies are dropping in many of the major aquifers that supply fresh water to more than 120 million people and half of U.S. farming irrigation.

Writing in the journal Nature Sustainability, researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara caution that deeper wells may eventually tap into saltier water, requiring desalination. The U.S. Geological Survey says that between 1950 and 2015, aquifer levels have dropped by about 10 feet on average.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Alaska

In Alaska, a series of wildfires driven by record high temperatures has consumed more than 1 million acres of forest. Similar fires in Greenland and Siberia have combined to make 2019’s Arctic wildfires unprecedented in recorded history. The fires come as new climate data revealed that last month was the hottest June ever observed, with July on pace to become Earth’s hottest month on record.