Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

Wildfires forced thousands to flee their homes across the U.S. West during a sweltering, smoke-shrouded holiday weekend of record heat.

The fires Sunday caused evacuations in Glacier National Park in Montana and many other parts of the West; compelled crews to rescue about 140 hikers who had spent the night in the woods after fire broke out along the popular Columbia River Gorge Trail in Oregon; and led firefighters to step up efforts to protect a 2,700-year-old grove of giant sequoia encroached by flames near Yosemite National Park in California.

A sudden gusty series of rainstorms allowed Los Angeles, however, to cancel evacuation orders for a wildfire that the mayor called the largest in the city’s history and sent beach umbrellas and toy shovels bouncing down Southern California beaches late Sunday.

Fires burning up and down the Sierra Nevada and further to the northwest cast an eerie yellow and gray haze over much of California. Much of the state was under alerts because of poor air quality.

California authorities ordered evacuations for a small town Sunday in one of the wildfires, a blaze that has burned 9 square miles near Yosemite.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Utah, California, USA

Better weather conditions have limited the growth of a wildfire in Utah that has prompted the evacuation of 1,500 people from hundreds of homes and cabins, officials said Sunday night. In Southern California, a wildfire broke out after a car crashed on a freeway and prompted evacuations of nearby homes in the city of Santa Clarita.

Firefighters on Sunday put in barriers against the flames and air tankers dropped fire retardant in anticipation of winds coming in from the southwest on Monday, officials said. The blaze, which is being battled by about 1,000 firefighters, covers nearly 67 square miles (174 square kilometers) and is 10 percent contained.

The fire in California started Sunday afternoon in Santa Clarita north of Los Angeles, prompting authorities to shut down all lanes of a highway and send crews to fight the blaze that quickly grew to more than 1 square mile (2.6 square kilometers), fed by tinder-dry brush and driven by winds in stifling heat. One structure was destroyed but authorities did not say if it was a home.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Portugal

A raging wildfire killed 57 people and injured dozens more in Portugal, with some victims burned to death in their cars as they tried to flee.

At least 59 people were injured in the blaze Saturday, including four firefighters and a child. Some were hospitalized in serious condition Sunday. Some victims got stuck in their cars and on the side of the road in what officials described as the “greatest wildfire tragedy of recent years.” The blaze spread Saturday onto Pedrogao Grande town, forcing residents to try and leave the town to escape towering flames.

Firefighters were still fighting the flames Sunday.

Wildfires – California, USA

An explosive wildfire Saturday quickly blackened more than 1,000 acres and destroyed two outbuildings at Castaic Lake, where firefighters toiled in hot and dry weather to prevent the flames from advancing. Access to fight the fire was limited, but fixed wing aircrafts and boats were brought in to fight the flames. Helicopters syphoned water from the lake to make drops on the flames.

Storms and Floods

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California, USA – A massive landslide has buried a section of California’s iconic Highway 1 in Big Sur. More than one million tons of rock and dirt buried a .25 mile stretch of Highway 1 under 40-feet of debris. Authorities have no estimate when it might re-open. The area remains unstable.

Philippines – Hour-long rains in Quezon City left certain areas flooded Thursday morning, rendering some streets impassable to traffic and leaving some commuters stranded.

Hong Kong – A downpour disrupted flights, hospital clinics closed, the judiciary adjourned hearings, schools suspended classes, and people and traffic waded through flooded streets today in the wake of a heavy downpour from early morning. Rainfall in Kowloon and the eastern part of Lantau Island exceeded 200 millimeters. In Kwai Tsing and Sham Shui Po, rainfall exceeded 300 millimeters.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

A wildfire burning south of Jamul, near San Diego had scorched more than 1,000 acres by Saturday night and was threatening Dulzura. The blaze, called the Gate fire, broke out south of Otay Lakes Road and west of state Route 94, near a Border Patrol checkpoint. The fire is 75% contained and is not threatening any structures.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California

Crews are battling major wildfires in California. Strong winds fanned the number of brush fires in southern California Sunday night, some growing from 10 acres to more than 1,200 acres. Some homes are being threatened by the flames but no evacuations have been ordered as of this morning. About 150 firefighters were on scene overnight.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 09s (Enawo), located approximately 395 nm north of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southwestward at 04 knots.

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California, USA – Shocking Images Reveal Massive Damage to California Reservoir. New images reveal the dramatic extent of damage to the Oroville spillway from the recent floods, an outlet for the Oroville Dam in northern California.

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Zimbabwe – Floods in Zimbabwe have killed 246 people and left nearly 2,000 homeless since December, according to the government. The southern African country has appealed to international donors for $100 million to help those affected by the floods, which have washed away some bridges and roads and cut off some communities from surrounding areas. President Robert Mugabe, currently in Singapore for a medical checkup, declared the floods to be a national disaster this week.

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In the South Pacific: Tropical cyclone 08p (Eight), located approximately 388 nm south-southwest of Tonga, is tracking southeastward at 35 knots.

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California, USA – Flooding in San Jose, Calif., has prompted the evacuation of at least 14,000 residents. The mandatory evacuation orders began overnight, and will remain in effect for at least another day. Flooding along Coyote Creek came after a series of heavy rainstorms combined with water rushing down the spillway of nearby Anderson Reservoir, which is now filled to capacity. In addition to the 14,000 mandatory evacuations, some 22,000 people were encouraged to leave their homes.

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In the South Pacific: Tropical cyclone 07p (Bart), located approximately 617 nm southwest of Papeete, Tahiti, is tracking southeastward at 37 knots.

Tropical cyclone 08p (Eight), located approximately 431 nm south-southwest of Pago Pago, is tracking east-southeastward at 30 knots.

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California – Creeks and rivers are topping their banks and hundreds of homes were evacuated as heavy rains from a winter storm soak much of California. The “atmospheric river” walloping California with drenching rains and gale-force winds prompted daring water rescues Tuesday and kept thousands of residents from flooded or threatened homes. Hundreds were rescued from their flooded homes in San Jose by crews steering boats full of people, some with babies and pets, in chest-deep water. The city had declared a local emergency Tuesday afternoon. The storms even battered portions of Nevada. The weather service issued a flash flood warning for Dayton, Nev., on Tuesday, where authorities said they feared a dam might break and send 2 to 4 feet of water into low-lying areas.

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California, USA – Torrential downpours were inundating Southern California on Friday, flooding streets and prompting water rescues. Officials said at least four people had died in the storm. One was found in a vehicle that was under water. It was snowing heavily at higher elevations. Flash-flood warnings were in effect for Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, the National Weather Service said. Parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties were under a similar watch.

Java, Indonesia – Flooding has struck several areas in Central Java over recent days, displacing thousands of local residents and cutting off access via main roads. For the last two days, the overflowing Pemali, Cisaranggung and Babakan rivers have damaged embankments, causing flooding in several areas, including Brebes, Wanasari, Banjarharjo, Losari and Jatibarang. Flooding struck 10 villages in Brebes regency, forcing 4,930 people to be evacuated from the area.

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California, USA – Nearly 200,000 people were ordered to be evacuated as California authorities try to fix America’s tallest dam that could unleash uncontrollable floods if it fails. Civilians were told to get in their cars and leave the area surrounding the Oroville Dam in Northern California because of its damaged spillway. Heavy rainfall meant water in Lake Oroville reached a 50-year high and a gaping chasm in the main spillway disrupted the flow of the water, prompting fears a 30-foot wall of water would be unleashed in flash floods akin to a tsunami. The extra water meant the dam’s emergency spillway was called into action for the first time in half a century. Experts estimated the dam would be breached at 4.45pm yesterday, but dropping huge rocks into the 170-foot by 250-foot hole appears to have relieved the problem temporarily.

Western Australia – Grape growers are facing multimillion-dollar losses after floods inundated vineyards across the Swan Valley today. Hundreds of tonnes of wine and table grapes were wiped out after the Swan River burst its banks, drowning vines and infrastructure.

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Thailand – Flash floods in southern Thailand washed out a bridge on the country’s main north-south highway on Tuesday, backing up traffic for 200 km (125 miles) as the death toll from days of unseasonable rain rose to 25, media reported. More than 360,000 households, or about a million people, have been affected by the floods that have damaged homes and schools and affected rubber and palm oil production.

California, USA – A massive storm system stretching from California into Nevada lifted rivers climbing out of their banks, flooded vineyards and forced people to evacuate after warnings that hillsides parched by wildfires could give way to mudslides. Northern California’s Russian River rose to its highest level since 2006, and schools and roads were closed across the wine-making region of Sonoma County, where thousands of people were without power. Avalanche concerns kept some California ski areas closed for a second day Monday in the Sierra Nevada. Forecasters said more snow and rain was on the way. Officials with Yosemite National Park reported the Merced River is over 2-feet beyond flood stage at the Pohono Bridge.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits the southwest Indian ridge.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.2 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern California.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 Earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Prince Edward Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Bio-Bio, Chile.

Two 5.0 Earthquakes hit the Prince Edward Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Gulf of California.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

Crews are battling a fast-moving brush fire on top of Loma Prieta in the Santa Cruz Mountains that is threatening homes and has grown to least 1,000 acres. So far, the fire is five percent contained.

There are no reports of injuries at this time, but Borelli says evacuation orders have been issued for people in about 300 structures near the fire on Casa Loma Road, Loma Chiquita Road, and Loma Prieta Road.