Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.8 earthquake hits the Balleny Islands.

5.5 earthquake hits the Western Indian-Antarctic Ridge.

5.3 earthquake hits the island of Hawaii, Hawaii.

5.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Rota region, North Mariana Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Michoacan, Mexico.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 11w (Eleven), Tropical storm (ts) 11w (Son-Tinh), located approximately 177 nm south-southeast of Hong Kong, is tracking westward at 27 knots.

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Invest 91L is an area of disturbed weather in the central Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

NewsBytes:

France – Eight departments in south-west France remained on alert on Monday morning after overnight storms caused flash flooding that closed roads and train lines in the region. Violent storms overnight left roads closed and train lines underwater, which meant travelling in the region was difficult. On Monday morning the departments of Ariège, Aveyron, Haute-Garonne, Gers, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Hautes-Pyrénées, Tarn, and Tarn-et-Garonne remained on alert with more downpours forecast.

New Mexico, USA – Rushing water tore through a small New Mexico community overnight, leaving behind a path of destruction. Waist high flood waters damaged about 20 homes in San Antonio.

Wildlife

8 Endangered Rhinos Died in Mission to Save Them

A mission meant to save critically endangered rhinoceroses by transferring them to a wildlife sanctuary in Kenya has ended in tragedy, with the deaths of eight of the odd-toed ungulates, according to Kenya’s Ministry of Tourism.

But the culprit wasn’t poaching. Rather, it was likely salty water, the ministry said.

Preliminary investigations showed that once the black rhinos (Diceros bicornis) arrived at the newly created sanctuary in Tsavo East National Park, they gulped down water with a high salt content. The more salty water the rhinos drank, the thirstier they became, leading to a vicious cycle ending in tragedy, the ministry reported on July 13.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Oregon, USA

A lightning storm ignited between 50 and 70 wildfires in southwest Oregon on Sunday. Most of the fires, however, remained small and were contained.

Two of the largest fires brought major concern, including the evacuation of around 30 homes near Jacksonville, officials said. The storm began in the morning and lasted throughout the day, bringing hundreds of strikes across the region. The two biggest fires, as of Sunday night, were the Sterling Creek Fire and Green Top Mountain Fire.

Wildfires – Yosemite, California, USA

A deadly California wildfire more than doubled in size and raged through more than 14 square miles of brush and forest Monday, blanketing much of Yosemite National Park in smoke and forcing closure of a major access road at the height of tourist season.

Fire officials had not determined the cause of the blaze that began burning Friday night along the park’s western edge, where evacuation orders were issued for a handful of small communities.

Wildfires – Sri Lanka

A group of hikers trapped in a mountainous area that was engulfed in a bush fire was rescued by a team of Sri Lanka Army personnel on Friday (13). According to Army media, the hikers who remained trapped in a forested area were save after troops were rushed to put out a fast spreading wild fire in the hilly region of Haldummulla – Wangedigala.

Disease

Lassa Fever – Nigeria

The Federal Government of Nigeria says 115 people from across 21 states have died of Lassa fever since the disease outbreak was confirmed in January this year. In its latest epidemiological situation update on the Lassa fever outbreak, the government said 2,115 suspect cases were reported in the period between 1 January and 8 July.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Sub-Tropical Cyclone Beryl is located about 455 mi…735 km nne of Bermuda and about 420 mi…675 km s of Halifax Nova Scotia with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…ene or 65 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Invest 99E is an area of disturbed weather in the eastern Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 11w (Eleven), located approximately 305 nm northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 12 knots.

NewsBytes:

Nigeria – Flooding and heavy rains are affecting many parts of Nigeria. Dozens of people have been killed and crops have been lost, raising fears of a food shortage.

New Zealand – Wild weather in New Zealand over the weekend has wreaked havoc closing numerous roads and highways around the country. In the Coromandel, SH25 remained closed. A number of Auckland roads were closed due to the severe weather.

Wildlife

Indonesian Villagers Kill Nearly 300 Crocodiles In Revenge Attack

Indonesian villagers armed with knives, hammers and clubs slaughtered 292 crocodiles in revenge for the death of a man killed by a crocodile at a breeding farm, an official said.

Photographs showed bloodied carcasses of the crocodiles in a large pile in the Sorong district of the eastern Indonesian province of West Papua.

The 48-year-old victim had entered the crocodile farm and was likely picking grass for animal feed when he was attacked. After the burial of the man on Saturday, villagers entered the farm and killed all the crocodiles.

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Environment

High Garbage Dump

Mount Everest has a mountain of a problem: trash. And not just leftover camping meals, beer and fuel cans, but human waste, too. Climbers traveling to the bottom of the majestic mountain for the first time might be surprised to find half-buried fluorescent tents, fuel bottles and other miscellaneous pieces of old camp sites strewn about the base camps. The various lodges and villages in surrounding areas have also created dozens of landfills surrounding the base of the mountain.

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Disease

Hepatitis A – Kentucky and West Virginia, USA

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has now reported 1,094 cases of hepatitis A in the current outbreak. Of this total, 57 percent, or 628 people required hospitalization and eight died. The outbreak, declared last November, is easily the largest in the country and primarily affects the homeless and drug users.

In neighboring West Virginia, the case count continues to climb since March 2018. As of Friday, West Virginia health officials have reported 540 hepatitis A cases, including 351 hospitalizations (65%) and two deaths.

Plague Death in Peru

Officials with the Gerencia Regional de Salud Lambayeque have reported on a human plague death, the first such death in two decades in the region. A 42-year-old man died on July 6 from septicemic plague; which later became complicated with a pneumonic plague, health officials note. The bacterium was acquired via a flea bite.

Cholera – Cameroon

Six people have died in Cameroon from a cholera outbreak that has infected 43 people in the northern region since May, the health ministry said.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Sub-Tropical Storm Beryl has strengthened again and is located about 415 mi…670 km n of bermuda about 445 mi…715 km s of Halifax Nova Scotia with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…ne or 50 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Invest 99E is an area of disturbed weather in the eastern Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

NewsBytes:

China – Heavy rain and thunderstorms are wreaking havoc across China, with floods along major rivers destroying bridges, blocking roads and railways and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate, state media reported on Saturday. State television said 241 rivers in 24 provinces had flooded in the last few days, causing direct economic losses of 25.9 billion yuan ($3.87 billion). Weather authorities are forecasting more downpours throughout the country on Saturday, with floods and landslides expected in the southwestern province of Sichuan.

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Wildfires

Russia spikes clouds to drench raging wildfires

Russia is using Soviet-era technology to make chemically induced rain clouds in desperate bid to stop raging wildfires.

Black smoke has already travelled 5,000 miles, hitting Canada and parts of the US, as the out-of-control fires spreading.

Originally invented to bring sunshine to the Red Square for communist military parades, the high-tech plan sess clouds spiked with a chemical cocktail causing precipitation to drench out-of-control flames affecting Yakutia – the world’s coldest region.

Brown bears are fleeing the burning Siberian taiga and venturing close to towns and villages where they are being shot as a danger to people.

Greenpeace say territories equal to the size of Scotland and Northern Ireland combined has been destroyed in Russian wildfires in recent weeks – including swathes of irreplaceable ancient boreal forest.

Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

As much of B.C. blisters under a heat wave, 11 new fires have sprung up across the province since Friday. Crews also continue to battle the 500-hectare East Shuswap Road wildfire east of Kamloops, which remains classified as “out of control.”

According to the B.C. Wildfire Service, there were 61 fires burning across the province on Saturday, about half of them lightning-caused and at least 18 of them human-caused.

Disease

Enterovirus – Norway

Norway health officials are reporting a marked increase in cases of central nervous system infections caused by enterovirus in June. Of the tests that are typed, echovirus 30 is most commonly detected, a relatively common type of enterovirus. Most of the cases have been reported from Eastern Norway, but there are also several cases in the Bergens area and elsewhere in the country. So far, there are especially adults between the ages of 20 and 40 who are affected, but also young children.

Japanese Encephalitis – South Korea

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert for Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in response to mosquito surveillance results in South Jeolla Province confirming Culex tritaeniorhynchus, the main vector of JE.

Culex tritaeniorhynchus is a small, dark brown mosquito that is active at night and found mainly around puddles and in areas for farming and livestock. Of all the mosquitoes collected in South Jeolla Province on July 3rd, a daily average of 962 mosquitos were Culex tritaeniorhynchus, accounting for 64.7% of the total samples collected. Mosquitoes are collected twice every week as part of the JE surveillance system. An alert is issued when the daily average JE vector mosquito count is at least 500 and accounts for 50% or more of the total mosquitoes collected.

Ovine Rinderpest

An outbreak of ovine rinderpest, a contagious disease of cattle, sheep, and goats, has occurred in the southeastern province of Kerman.

Ovine rinderpest commonly known as Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) or sheep and goat plague, is a highly contagious animal disease affecting small ruminants. Once introduced, the virus can infect up to 90 percent of an animal heard, and the disease kills anywhere from 30 to 70 percent of infected animals. The PPR virus does not infect humans.

Following the spread of the infection in Khabr national park, in Kerman province, so far some 50 heads of rams and wild goats have been killed. There are concerns that the disease may spread along the unvaccinated livestock in the area.