Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.7 Earthquake hits offshore Guatemala.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

5.1 Earthquake hits Iceland.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Rat islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of the Mariana Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the coast of western turkey.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Cindy is located about 40 mi…65 km NW of Lake Charles Louisiana with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…N or 360 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical storm Cindy moved inland near the Louisiana-Texas border on Thursday morning, bringing heavy rainfall and life-threatening conditions over the northern Gulf Coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The storm’s first fatality was reported on Wednesday, when a 10-year-old boy was struck by a log that a large wave dislodged as he stood near the shore in Fort Morgan, Alabama.


Dengue Outbreak in Palau; Mumps in the Marshall Islands

Both outbreaks have an international aspect. Mumps in the Marshalls may be connected to an outbreak of the viral disease last year, in Arkansas. Half of the cases there were in the large Marshallese community…and, while precautions were taken, it’s possible that the virus travelled with Marshallese back home to the Pacific.

At least a thousand cases have been confirmed since an outbreak began in March. The Ministry of Health notes that the number of cases has been dropping in recent weeks, but Radio New Zealand reports concern that the drop could be due to under reporting and that the real number could be as high as three thousand.

Three people are reported dead among 200 infected by Dengue fever in Palau.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the week of 14 June – 20 June 2017

Bogoslof | Fox Islands (USA) : AVO reported that elevated surface temperatures and a small steam emission at Bogoslof were identified in satellite images during 13-14 June. Weakly elevated surface temperatures were detected on 16 June, and a 13-km-long steam plume was visible on 18 June. The Aviation colour Code remained at Orange and the Volcano Alert Level remained at Watch.

Karymsky | Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) : KVERT reported that a thermal anomaly over Karymsky was identified in satellite images during 10-12 and 14-15 June. The Aviation colour Code remained at Orange (the second highest level on a four-colour scale).

Pavlof | United States : AVO reported that seismicity at Pavlof had declined since the small increase on 7 June, and no unusual activity was observed in seismic or infrasound data through 20 June. Minor steam emissions occasionally rose from the summit crater. Satellite images showed an approximately 55 km-long steam plume drifting W on 14 June, and a thermal anomaly during 15-16 and 20 June. The Aviation colour Code remained at Yellow and the Volcano Alert Level remained at Advisory.

Rincon de la Vieja | Costa Rica : OVSICORI-UNA reported that on 15 June a diffuse plume of mainly water vapor rose 50 m above Rincón de la Vieja’s crater rim. A small hydrothermal explosion from the crater with the highly acidic lake was detected around noon on 18 June. In a report posted the next day OVSICORI-UNA noted that seismicity was characterized by low-frequency events, volcano-tectonic events, and tremor with intensifying amplitude; the seismic patterns were similar to those that preceded the phreatomagmatic events on 23 May and 11 June, though the recent seismicity was not as energetic.

Sheveluch | Central Kamchatka (Russia) : KVERT reported that during 10-13 June explosions at Sheveluch produced ash plumes that rose as high as 8 km (26,200 ft) a.s.l. and drifted 1,500 km SE and NW. At 0425 on 15 June powerful explosions generated ash plumes that rose as high as 12 km (39,400 ft) a.s.l. The Aviation colour Code was raised to Red (the highest level on a four-colour scale), and then back down to Orange at the end of the day. Ash plumes drifted 1,000 km NE and SW during 15-16 June. Ash fell in Klyuchi (50 km SW), Maiskoe, Kozyrevsk (115 km SW), and Atlasovo (160 km SW).


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Kyushu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Cindy is located about 170 mi…275 km SSW of Morgan City Louisiana and about 225 mi…360 km se of Galveston Texas with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…NW or 310 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Bret dissipated at 5pm AST on June 20, 2017.


India – Heavy monsoon rain disrupted life in Tripura as over 2,000 families were displaced after their houses were inundated by the flood water, official said here on Tuesday. The heavy monsoon rainflooded the low-lying areas, roads, inhabited areas in five sub-divisions of two districts of Tripura since Sunday night.

India – Security personnel rescued over 200 persons who were marooned in parts of west Kemeng district of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday. They had been cut off in the mountain highways following incessant rains and landslides. One girl was killed and three persons wounded in a landslide near the State capital Itanagar. There has been a slight improvement in the flood situation in the five districts of Assam. However, displaced villagers staying in relief camps are yet to return home. The flood situation in Manipur and Mizoram has improved considerably, though the sky is still overcast. Twelve persons lost their lives in Mizoram and over 800 houses were destroyed. Meanwhile, in West Bengal, heavy rainfall and lightning have claimed at least nine lives.


Wildfires – Arizona, USA

Arizona firefighters are currently battling nine large wildfire across the state, with 45,000 acres burned. Numerous smaller wildfires are being reported daily, which leaves Arizona with more wildfires than any other state.

More than 1,000 firefighters have battled the Highline Fire just north of Payson since its discovery June 10. As of June 18, the fire was considered 76 percent contained. After threatening homes, which led to evacuations, firefighters were able to stop the fire’s movement to the south, east and west sides June 19, according to reports. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

A wildfire north of Phoenix near the Sunset Point rest area closed the southbound lanes of I-17 for several hours June 18. The blaze, called the Maggie Mine Fire began burning around 3 p.m. in the remote, mountainous area. Air tankers, helicopters and firefighters battled the wildfire which has grown to 1,400 acres.


Syria polio update

According to the latest information from UN authorities dated June 19, seventeen cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type-2 (cVDPV2) have now been confirmed in Syria — 16 cases are from Mayadeen district, Deir Ez-Zor governorate, and 1 case from Raqqa district, Raqqa governorate.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.0 Earthquake hits the Carlsberg ridge.


Yellowstone supervolcano has been hit by a series of earthquakes, with more 400 recorded since June 12. The latest was recorded on Monday, June 19, with a magnitude 3 earthquake striking 8.6 miles north northeast of West Yellowstone, Montana.

The swarm began last week, and on June 15 saw a magnitude 4.5 earthquake take place in Yellowstone National Park.

As of June 19, 464 events had been recorded. Most of these ranged in the magnitude of 0 to 1, with five less than zero, indicating they occurred at depths ranging from about 0 miles to about 9 miles. “This is the highest number of earthquakes at Yellowstone within a single week in the past five years, but is fewer than weekly counts during similar earthquakes swarms in 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010,” scientists said.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Potential Tropical Cyclone Three is located about 265 mi…430 km SSW of the mouth of the Mississippi River and about 300 mi…485 km S of Morgan City Louisiana with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Tropical Storm Bret is located about 20 mi…35 km ENE of Isla Margarita with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 21 mph…33 km/h.


Myanmar – Overflowing water from the Uru River submerged low-lying areas in Phakant yesterday morning, but the flood started to recede by the afternoon. Five inches of rain fell on Saturday, causing the river to overflow its banks. The flood submerged three low-lying wards and Lonkhin village. Myoma ward, Kyaukwine was under 5 feet of water, Ngetpyawdaw ward was under about 6 feet of water, Mashi South ward road junction was under 3 feet of water, and a road linking Ayemyatha ward and Sankye village was under 6 feet of water.

Global Warming

Climate imperils Ethiopia’s coffee

Climate change could wipe out more than half of Ethiopia’s coffee production unless farmers move to higher ground, scientists warned Monday.

Climbing temperatures and dwindling rainfall have already degraded prime growing areas, such as the Zege Peninsula, they reported in the journal Nature Plants.

If global warming continues unabated, up to 60 percent of land currently used to grow coffee beans will be unsuitable for production by the last three decades of the century.

Home of the prized Coffea arabica plant, Ethiopia is the world’s fifth biggest producer of beans, after Brazil, Vietnam, Colombia and Indonesia, according to the International Coffee Organization.

Over the last 50 years, however, average temperatures across the country have risen by about 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), and rainfall in key regions has become spotty. Coffee areas that once flourished are in decline.


Romania – Meningitis

A suspected meningitis outbreak in Braşov, Romania has resulted in 18 hospital admissions and one death. The patients, classmates with a 17-year-old student from Tarlungeni commune who died recently after being diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, have symptoms resembling meningitis.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Flores Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Ceram Sea, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Earthquake and Tsunami in Greenland

A tidal wave struck a settlement on the northwest coast of Greenland late on Saturday. As a result of an earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter Scale, a tsunami-like wave and flooding struck a remote hamlet about 30 km from the village of Nuugaatsiaq in Greenland two days ago. The authorities are now busy evacuating the inhabitants, and so far 39 out of the village’s estimated 100 residents have been taken to Uummanaq. Reports indicate there have been a number of people killed, but so far the police have not released any casualty figures.



Wildfires – Portugal – Update

More than 1 000 firefighters were still battling Monday a giant forest fire that swept through central Portugal at the weekend, killing at least 62 people.

Portugal’s national route 236 was transformed into a road of hell as the ferocious blaze ripped through the wooded countryside around the epicentre in Pedrogao Grande.

Although the searing temperatures in Portutal had dropped slightly on Monday, the fire was still raging, spreading to neighbouring regions of Castelo Branco and Coimbra.

Firefighters were continuing a grim search for bodies, with Costa warning on Sunday that the death toll could still rise.