Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 earthquake hits the Flores Sea.

6.1 earthquake hits Costa Rica.

5.5 earthquake hits the Volcano Islands, Japan.

5.3 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.2 earthquake hits the Volcano Islands, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Volcano Islands, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits northern Xinjiang, China.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Invest 98L is an area of disturbed weather in the Atlantic Ocean that had the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 19w (Leepi), located approximately 274 nm south-southeast of Iwakuni, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 15 knots.

Tropical storm 20w (Bebinca), located approximately 83 nm south-southwest of Hong Kong, is tracking west-northwestward at 02 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Hector is located about 250 mi…400 km sw of Midway island with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Suden – July Floods – Flooding has affected over 45,000 people, led to 23 human deaths and 61 injuries. In addition, more than 8,900 families have been rendered homeless and are currently putting up in temporary sites in their neighbours and relative’s houses. These rains have caused significant damage to key infrastructure such as bridges and roads as well as amenities like schools, latrines and local dispensaries. In addition, livelihoods have been significantly affected as farms were submerged in water and livestock washed away. Power outages occur severally due to collapsing of power lines.

China – Heavy floods have continued to sweep through China leaving numerous cities battling with dangerous driving conditions and causing flight delays in the country.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits northern Alaska.

6.0 earthquake hits northern Alaska.

5.6 earthquake hits south-east of Easter Island.

5.5 earthquake hits northern Alaska.

5.4 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits Yunnan, China.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit northern Alaska.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Invest 97L is an area of disturbed weather in the Atlantic Ocean that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon (ts) 17w (Shanshan), located approximately 328 nm north-northeast of Agrihan, is tracking northward at 10 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Hector is located about 1360 mi…2190 km e of South Point Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…125 mph…205 km/h. Present movement…w or 275 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Depression Eleven-E is located about 190 mi…305 km s of Puerto Angel Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Invest 94E is an area of disturbed weather in the Eastern Pacific Ocean that has the potential for further tropical development.

Invest 95E is an area of disturbed weather in the Eastern Pacific Ocean that has the potential for further tropical development.

NewsBytes:

China – Floods caused by heavy rainfall in the northwestern Chinese Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region left 20 people dead and eight more missing, local authorities said on Friday. According to the local authorities, more than 5,500 residents were evacuated to safe places. The Hami prefecture-level city in the northeastern part of Xinjiang was the most affected by the disaster, which ruined 8,700 buildings and damaged roads and railways in the area. The floods also damaged a dam of a local water reservoir.

India – A fresh wave of flooding in the north east Indian state of Assam began on 02 August, 2018. This follows an earlier wave of flooding that began in June which left over 30 people dead and 200,000 displaced. Around 90,000 people have been affected in 9 districts since 02 August, with 3 people dead and around 25,000 displaced. The Dhansiri river in Golaghat district has exceeded its previous highest ever flood level by almost 30 cm. As of 03 August, flooding was reported in Golaghat, Sivasagar, Barpeta, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Darrang and Charaideo. Flooding affected Biswanath and Udalguri districts on 02 August but has since subsided. By far the worst hit district is Golaghat, where flooding has affected 67,724 people in 99 villages. Four hundred homes have been damaged or destroyed by flooding in the district.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits Bismarck Sea.

5.2 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.1 earthquake hits western Xizang, China.

5.0 earthquake hits near the north coast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

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 173 nm southeast of Hanoi, Vietnam is tracking westward at 12 knots.

Tropical depression (td) 12w (Twelve), located approximately 439 nm south of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking east-northeastward at 04 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:

Vietnam – Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains have killed at least seven people and left 12 others missing in northern Vietnam. In the worst-hit province of Lai Chau, five people were killed and authorities have been mobilising forces to search for the 12 missing, the provincial government said in a statement on Monday.

Massachusetts, USA – Thunderstorms have caused flights to be delayed and knocked out power in some parts of Massachusetts. Floods have been reported on many streets in Worcester and Oxford. Some towns, like North Grafton, received more than three inches of rain.

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Mongolia – Between 3 July to 5 July 2018, heavy rainfall of unprecedented intensity caused flash flooding in several parts of Mongolia affecting more than 792 households across the country.

China – Update – Heavy and continuous rainfall since 7 July 2018 has caused flooding in most parts of Sichuan and the southeast region of Gansu Province. In some areas of North Central Sichuan, there have been heavy rainstorms and torrential rains for four consecutive days. These were also compounded by the effects of two weather systems in the area; Typhoon Prapiroon, and Typhoon Maria. According to reports from National Disaster Reduction Commission, as of 13 July 2018, floods have affected 1,381,000 people, where 3 persons have died; 222,000 have taken emergency resettlement; 22,000 needed emergency relief in Sichuan prefectures of Deyang, Mianyang, Guangyuan (that includes 15 cities and 70 counties); more than 900 houses have collapsed, and 29,000 houses have been damaged. A total of 36,900 hectares of crops have been affected by the floods and 5,200 hectares will have no harvests this year. Gansu province was hit even harder, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management. A heavy rainstorm occurred in Southeast Gansu from 10 to 11 July 2018. The provinces of Tianshui, Zhangye, Pingliang (including 10 cities and 46 counties) are flooded, and have affected 1,519,000 people where 12 have died; four are missing; and 30,000 were evacuated. More than 2,300 houses collapsed, and 19,000 were damaged to varying degrees.

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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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits Luzon in the Philippines.

5.3 earthquake hits the island of Hawaii, Hawaii.

5.1 earthquake hits Mindanao, Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits Northern Qinghai, China.

5.0 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic Ridge.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits Kyrgyzstan.

5.3 earthquake hits the Izu Islands, Japan.

5.1 earthquake it the Loyalty Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits offshore O’Higgins, Chile.

5.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Costa Rica.

5.0 earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits Tajikistan.

5.0 earthquake hit southern Qinghai, China.

5.0 earthquake hits Kepulauan Kai, Indonesia.

Environment

China Changes Trash Import Policy – Refuses to be a Trash Dumping Ground

For decades, China was the world’s largest importer of waste but that’s changing after Beijing banned 24 types of scraps from entering its borders starting January.

The ban was hailed as a big win for global green efforts by environmentalists, who said it would not only clean up China, but also force other countries to better manage their own trash.

More than three months into the ban, waste exporters such as the U.S., Europe and Japan are still scrambling for an alternative to China.

China was the dumping ground for more than half of the world’s trash before the ban and, at its peak, was importing almost 9 million metric tons of plastic scrap a year, according to Greenpeace.

The country started importing waste in the 1980s to fuel a growing manufacturing sector. It grew a whole waste processing and recycling industry, but improper handling of trash and a lack of effective supervision turned the country into a major polluter.

China, now the second-largest economy in the world, has been doubling down on efforts to clean up its air, water and land. Under President Xi Jinping, the country has shuttered tens of thousands of factories that contributed pollution, pushed for greater use of renewable energy and became a green finance giant.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

5.5 earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits the mid-Indian Ridge.

5.3 earthquake hits the Channel Islands, California.

Image shows earthquake shaking cliffs at Santa Cruz Island

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5.2 earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

5.0 earthquake hits the Guadalupe region, Leeward Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits near the coast of central Peru.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits Chuquisaca, Bolivia.

This was one of the most powerful quakes on record in Bolivia, but there was no damage because it was so deep (346 miles beneath the surface).

5.9 earthquake hits offshore El Salvador.

5.4 earthquake hits Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic Ridge.

5.1 earthquake hit southern Xinjiang, China.

5.0 earthquake hits the south-west Indian Ridge.