Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific: Tropical Storm 05w (Nanmadol), located approximately 117 nm east-southeast of Iwakuni, Japan, is tracking north-northwestward at 34 knots.

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Japan – Typhoon Nanmadol made landfall near the city of Nagasaki at around 8 a.m. on July 4, and is expected to bring heavy rain across the country. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has warned of landslides, rising rivers, flooding, as well as tidal waves. According to the JMA, extremely strong winds have been blowing over the sea off the coasts of northern and southern Kyushu. The maximum wind velocity in the city of Nagasaki was 41.6 meters per second (approximately 150 kilometers per hour).

China – More than 50 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands evacuated as floods swept through parts of central and southern China after days of heavy rain. Over 11 million people have been affected and total economic losses have exceeded 25 billion yuan (US$3.7 billion or HK$29 billion) in 11 provinces, including Hunan and Sichuan and Guangxi. The death toll stands at 56 with more than 22 people missing as of Tuesday morning in those provinces. More rain is expected from Wednesday until Sunday in seven provinces, including Hunan and Sichuan, which have already been badly hit, according to the water resources ministry.

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Storms and Floods

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical Storm 05w (Nanmadol), located approximately 399 nm southwest of Sasebo, Japan, is tracking north-northwestward at 19 knots.

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Pakistan – At least 11 people were killed and scores more were injured in flash floods triggered by heavy rains in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan, officials said Sunday. “Heavy rainfall on Friday triggered flash floods which swept away mud houses Lasbela district of Balochistan causing damage to life and property,” an official said. Poorly built homes across Pakistan, particularly in rural areas, are susceptible to collapse during the annual spring and monsoon rains in July-August, which are often heavy.

Trinidad & Tobago – It took about an hour of midday rainfall yesterday for flash floods to inundate parts of Port of Spain and surrounding hillside communities.

Vermont, USA – Localized flash floods are affecting many areas of the state and have interrupted Amtrak rail service in Vermont on Sunday. Flood waters have since receded in some affected areas. However, some roads have experienced damage and remain closed or restricted.

China – Floods in southern China have killed at least 15 people over the past few days and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands more. In Guangxi region, seven died and three were missing following torrential rains, with more than 23,000 people being evacuated to safer areas. In neighboring Hunan province, more than 300,000 people have been evacuated and eight people have died. More rain is forecast in coming days, according to the China Meteorological administration.

Storms and Floods

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical Storm 05w (Nanmadol), located approximately 293 nm south-southwest of Kadena AB, is tracking northwestward at 17 knots.

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China – China is battling floods along the Yangtze River in the south while northern regions, including Beijing, endure a heat wave. The first flood this year of the Yangtze River, the country’s longest, is forming as water levels are rapidly rising in major tributaries in the middle and lower reaches. The Yangtze River Flood Control and Drought Relief headquarters ordered the Three Gorges Reservoir of the Yangtze to reduce the flow of discharging to 18,000 cubic meters per second from 2 p.m. Saturday to relieve the flood pressure downstream. Other upstream reservoirs also joined the flood control efforts. Floods have already hit the Xiangjiang, Yuanjiang and Zishui rivers in central China’s Hunan, the worst-hit province. The rain continues in Changsha, the provincial capital and other cities such as Xiangtan and Huaihua. The level of the Xiangjiang River in Changsha stood at 38.6 meters at 4 p.m. Saturday, well above the warning level of 36 meters and only 57 cm lower than its highest record level.

Assam, India – Over two lakh people are reeling under the impact of floods in eight districts, where the swirling flood waters have overrun several villages. According to a report by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), more than 2.68 lakh people have been affected in Barpeta, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Karimganj, Cachar, Dhemaji, Karbi Anglong and Biswanath districts.The report said that 453 villages are currently under water and over 5,272 hectares of crop area have been damaged.

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Nepal – Incessant rainfall in the hill districts since Friday midnight has triggered floods in various rivers of Saptari district. Floodwaters have overflowed from Khado, Jeeta, Mahuli, Dhudhela along with other rivers, putting over a dozen settlements at risk and inundating about 1,500 houses in the district.The flooded rivers have damaged rods, culverts along with other important infrastructures. At least four persons died in separate landslide and flood incidents in Tehrathum and Saptari districts on Friday and Saturday.

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In the Eastern Pacific: Post-Tropical Cyclone Dora is located about 320 mi…515 km SW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

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China – China’s flood control authority said on Tuesday that some central and southern provinces are likely to see large floods this year as downpours swell rivers. There is a possibility of flooding along the Pearl and Huaihe rivers as well as the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. Provinces including Guangdong, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan and Jiangxi have seen water levels in 175 rivers rise beyond their warning levels with five rivers at record-high levels. Flooding has forced more than 170,000 people to relocate in Hunan Province. In Jiangxi Province, 235,000 hectares of crops have been destroyed. More rainfall is forecast for southern and southwestern parts of the country in the next ten days, with precipitation in some regions likely to reach 300 millimeters within 24 hours.

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China – More than 120 people were buried by a landslide that caused huge rocks and a mass of earth to come crashing into their homes in a mountain village in southwestern China early Saturday. The landslide, which came from a mountain, engulfed a cluster of 62 homes and a hotel in the village of Xinmo in Mao County at about 6 a.m. Officials said one mile of road and a 1.2 mile section of river were buried in the disaster caused by heavy rains.

Michigan, USA – Excessive rainfall overnight has flooded a swath across central Lower Michigan. The heaviest rain fell in an area from Mount Pleasant to Midland to the Bay City area where over 7 inches of rain were recorded.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.6 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.5 Earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

A moderate earthquake that struck close to the Earth’s surface killed eight people and injured more than 20 others in far western China on Thursday, the region’s earthquake administration said.

5.4 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Azerbaijan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Indian Ocean Triple Junction.

5.0 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits central Peru.

5.3 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Krygyzstan.

5.1 Earthquake hits Tajikistan.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of southern Peru.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Caucasus, Russia.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern Sichuan, China.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 Earthquake hits the Near Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Maule, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits east of the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Yunnan, China.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

Environment

Beijing Moves from Coal to Natural Gas

The last large coal-fired power plant in Beijing has suspended operations, with the city’s electricity now generated by natural gas, as the city battles a long term heavy smog problem. The shuttering of the Huangneng Beijing Thermal Power Plant comes on the heels of China’s annual legislative sessions, where Premier Li Keqiang promised to “make our skies blue again” in his state-of-the-nation speech.

The Huangneng plant is the fourth to be closed and replaced by gas thermal power centres between 2013 and 2017, cutting nearly 10 million tonnes in coal emissions annually. Smog has cloaked the capital for several days and is expected to continue through the week.

However, PM2.5 (harmful particulate) levels have remained between 200 and 330 micrograms per cubic metre –well above the World Health Organization’s recommended maximum average exposure of 25 micrograms per cubic metre in a 24-hour period.

The pollution often vanishes during prominent events like the legislative sessions and the 2008 Summer Olympics as authorities order factories to halt activity and force cars off the road.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits the Rota region in the North Mariana Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Sichuan-Yunnan-Guizhou region, China.

Environment

India Beats China As Worst Air-Polluted Country On Earth

India now has the world’s worst air pollution. They have beaten China. Specifically, it is New Delhi, India’s capital that has the worst air pollution on Earth.

Industrialization, coal-fired power plants, and low regulation have made the air pollution in India so much worse. Technology Review has reported that there have been 1.1 million deaths recorded last year due to air pollution in India. The country has been tied with China as having deadly air pollution. India’s rapid industrialization, too much use of coal for energy, growing population, and an ageing populace that is affected by air pollution are the factors why there are so many deaths.

Pollution Has Worked Its Way Down To The World’s Deepest Waters

The Mariana Trench in the northern Pacific is the deepest part of the world’s oceans. You might think a place that remote would be untouched by human activity.

But the Mariana Trench is polluted.

At its deepest — about 7 miles down — the water in the trench is near freezing. The pressure would crush a human like a bug. Scientists have only recently explored it.

Among them is biologist Alan Jamieson of Newcastle University in England. His team dropped what they call a mechanical “lander” down into the trench. It had cameras and water samplers and some baited traps. They didn’t really know what they’d find.

When the lander surfaced, the traps contained amphipods — shrimplike crustaceans. That wasn’t terribly surprising, as amphipods are known to live at great depths. But bringing them back from the Mariana Trench was a rarity, and Jamieson thought there might be something to learn from them. He took the creatures to an environmental scientist.

The amphipods were contaminated with PCBs — polychlorinated biphenyls — toxic chemicals used for decades in industry, as well as other industrial pollutants known as persistent organic pollutants.

Every sample we had,” Jamieson says, “had contaminants in it at very high or extraordinarily high levels. How high? He compared the contamination level in his Mariana amphipods to crabs living in waters fed by one of China’s most polluted rivers, as well as amphipods from other parts of the world. “And what we were finding in the deepest place in the world were (levels) hugely higher, 50 times in some cases,” he says.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits eastern Sichuan, China.

5.3 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 Earthquake hits near the coast of northern Peru.

5.2 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits Ethiopia.

5.1 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.