Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

6.0 earthquake hits central California.

5.3 earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand.

5.2 earthquake hits Ecuador.

5.1 earthquake hits the Turkey-Iran border.

5.1 earthquake hits the Indian Ocean Triple Junction.

5.0 earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.


Wildfires – California, USA

A wildfire broke out Monday afternoon near Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo County, prompting authorities to close the 101 Freeway and evacuate residents, fire and law enforcement agencies said.

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

The Bush Fire, around 30 miles northeast of Phoenix, has burned over 64,000 acres since Saturday, according to fire officials. Firefighters will have to battle winds that are expected to reach 20 to 30 miles per hour as well as dry summer heat, with temperatures above 100 in places. About 1,600 people living east of the fire were ordered on Monday morning to evacuate, with those in another community north of the fire ordered on Tuesday to do so, officials said.

The Bringham Fire, also in Arizona, began on June 6 and is now at nearly 6,000 hectares (14,800 acres) and only 5-percent contained.

Wildfires – Utah, USA

The fire season continues with multiple wildfires reported this weekend across the state of Utah. Fire officials say there are three wildfires burning in Tooele County alone. The largest one, the Big Springs Fire, is estimated to have burned almost 3,000 acres.


Wildfires – California, USA

A pair of large wildfires continued burning across open terrain on the grounds of Camp Pendleton Wednesday, sending plumes of smoke over northern San Diego County but posing no threats to military or civilian structures.

The flames, which began spreading through training areas toward the center of the Marine Corps base on Monday, had charred roughly 7,400 acres as of early Wednesday morning, according to Camp Pendleton public affairs.


Wildfires – California, USA

A California fire department is battling a four-alarm wildfire near the Suisun City Wildlife Center in the San Francisco Bay Area. At least seven homes have been lost, about 15 are directly threatened and more than 100 are indirectly threatened. Half of the firefighters are battling the fire and half are trying to save structures. The fire has burned more than 8 000 acres and is still not under control. Most of the animals were released including foxes and coyotes but some of the animals were lost, including some flightless owls.

Wildfires – Utah, USA

Firefighting crews are working to extinguish three lightning-caused wildfires that have burned thousands of acres in Box Elder County. The three wildfires are south and west of Park Valley and have burned a combined area of about 10 000 acres.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits Crete.

5.3 earthquake hits eastern Honshu, Japan.

5.2 earthquake hits near the west coast of Colombia.

5.2 earthquake hits the Sichuan-Yunnan-Guizou region, China.

5.1 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

5,0 earthquake hits off the coast of Northern California.

5.0 earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits the mid-Indian ridge off the Amsterdam Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits central California. A series of earthquakes shook the California-Nevada border near the Yosemite National Park with the magnitude 5.2 near Bodie, California.

5.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits eastern Honshu, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.


California, USA – Driving rain closed Route 78 in Carlsbad on Friday morning and prompted water rescues throughout San Diego County. The highway was closed in both directions at 8:30 a.m. with two feet of water in some areas and remained closed at noon. Numerous freeway ramps throughout the region were closed because of flooding. The National Weather Service office in San Diego reported downfall of 1/2 inch per hour in some areas, and said the rain would not end until the evening. A flash flood watch is in effect through 8 p.m.


California Court Approves Ban on Federal Wildlife Poisoning, Trapping

In response to a lawsuit filed by wildlife advocacy groups, a federal animal-killing program must restrict its use of bird-killing poisons in Northern California and stop setting strangulation snares and other traps in places like the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

The court order further ends most beaver-killing in waterways where endangered wildlife depends on beaver-created habitats. The order also spells out several measures to protect California’s endangered gray wolves from being accidentally killed in traps set for other carnivores.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services is a multimillion-dollar federal program that uses painful leghold traps, strangulation snares, poisons and aerial gunning to kill coyotes, cougars, birds and other wild animals. Most of the killing is in response to requests from the agriculture industry.

In 2018 Wildlife Services reported killing nearly 1.5 million native animals nationwide. That year, in California, the program reported killing 26,441 native animals, including 3,826 coyotes, 859 beavers, 170 foxes, 83 mountain lions and 105 black bears. The 5,675 birds killed in 2018 in California included blackbirds, ducks, egrets, hawks, owls and doves.

It is hoped that Courts in other areas will similarly restrict the Trump administration’s arrogant disregard for wildlife interests.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 24s (Irondro), located approximately 10 009 nm southwest of Acapulco, Mexico, is tracking southeastward at 11 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 25p (Harold), located approximately 118 nm north-northwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking east-southeastward at 11 knots.

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Indonesia – Heavy rain has caused flash floods and landslides in two districts of Tana Toraja regency in South Sulawesi, leaving at least four people dead.

California, USA – An intensifying and complex storm system is bringing some bands of heavy rain and some mountain snow to parts of northern and central California this morning. This is only the beginning of significant mountain snow, heavy and flash flooding and gusty winds through much of California.


Climate Change Has Doubled Fire Risk Days in California

Climate change has doubled the number of extreme-risk days for California wildfires, according to research released yesterday.

An analysis led by Stanford University found that temperatures rose about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit statewide while precipitation dropped 30% since 1980. That doubled the number of autumn days—when fire risk is highest—with extreme conditions for the ignition of wildfires.

“That’s a really big increase over a relatively short period of time that can be attributed directly to the changes in climate,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA and one of the study’s authors.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia.

5.6 earthquake hits the Volcano Islands off Japan.

5.5 earthquake hits Northern California.

5.1 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits east of the Kuril Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Tajikistan.

5.0 earthquake hits northern Algeria.