Wildfires

Wildfires – Russia

Russia this year has suffered the most Arctic wildfires since satellite monitoring started as climate change creates the conditions necessary for blazes to start and then take hold.

Monitoring by two Nasa satellites recorded 10,057 hotspots in Russia’s Arctic territory by the start of August, 10 times more than were found in the same period a decade ago. That number is the highest since the satellites recorded their first full year of images in 2003.

Wildfires – Greece

Greek fire crews have evacuated two villages on an island near Athens as a fire continues to rage through a pine forest, fanned by strong winds. The blaze took hold in a dry pine forest in the Dirfyon municipal region at 3.20pm (local time) Sunday and is heading towards the evacuated villages, close to Athens. The fires prompted the mass evacuation of Kontodespoti and Stavros village in central Evia, about 70 km (44 miles) from Athens, which was described as a precaution.

Wildfires – Washington, USA

Lightning strikes this weekend sparked dozens of Washington state wildfires. Strong winds spread new and existing ones, even as the cooler, wetter weather provided temporary aid to fire crews in some areas.

There are two dozen large fires in Washington and Oregon involving 256,451 acres, the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NWCC) said Sunday morning. More than 8,580 people, including firefighters and support personnel, are assigned to fight the blazes.

Washington recorded more than 180 lightning strikes over the 24 hours that ended at 8 a.m. Sunday, as thunderstorms rolled across the Northwest. Strong winds fanned flames across an already dry landscape.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon (td) 15w (Jongdari), located approximately 98 nm south-southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 24 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Remnants of Tropical Depression Nine-E is located about 1255 mi…2015 km ese of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…w or 265 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Tropical Depression Gilma is located about 1560 mi…2515 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California and about 1560 mi…2510 km e of south point Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

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Greece – Greece has been hit by devastating flash floods — as the country still reels from the savage wildfires which ripped through the Attica region of the country. Heavy summer rainstorms over the past two days have caused flooding in several parts of Greece, including the area south of Athens. Floodwaters also forced the closure of several roads in the area. Flooding problems were also reported in the Halkidiki region of northern Greece.

Pennsylvania, USA – Five days of downpours brought a foot or more of rain to an over 100-mile swath of Pennsylvania. 2 people died in the floodwaters.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Greece – Update 

The death toll has risen to 74. Hundreds of firefighters have been battling the flames, which have been fanned by winds of up to 60mph (100km/h) and have devastated the seaside village of Mati, engulfing homes and vehicles. Scores of people rushed into the sea to escape the flames.

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Wildfires – Greece

At least 50 people have died and 170 have been injured in wildfires ravaging woodland and villages in the Athens region, as Greek authorities rush to evacuate residents and tourists stranded on beaches along the coast on Tuesday.

The death toll soared with a Red Cross official reporting the discovery of 26 bodies in the courtyard of a villa at the seaside resort of Mati. The authorities had previously announced 24 deaths and scores of injuries with the majority of casualties found in their homes or cars in Mati, 40km northeast of the capital.

By dawn on Tuesday, fires were still burning around the capital, while others broke out elsewhere during the night.

Wildfires – California, USA

The so-called Ferguson Fire, which started on July 13 in the Sierra National Forest, grew by more than 10 percent in size over the weekend, sending smoke billowing for miles (km) and causing air quality alerts for parts of the San Joaquin Valley, officials said on Sunday.Parts of the Ferguson Fire were about 20 miles to 30 miles (30-50 km) south and southwest of the park as of Sunday. Nearly 3,000 firefighters were battling the blaze that has burned through nearly 30,500 acres (12,340 hectares) of bone-dry terrain and was 6 percent contained as of Sunday.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 06e (Emilia), located approximately 1198 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 13 knots.

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Greece – Heavy summer rainstorms over the past two days have caused flooding in several parts of Greece, including an area near Athens where flash floods last year caused 24 deaths. Fifteen people needed to be evacuated from flooded homes or cars late Tuesday. The flooding also forced the closure of several roads in the area. The fire brigade said 95 firefighters with 40 vehicles and a boat were helping address the situation. Flooding problems were also reported in the Halkidiki region of northern Greece, a popular tourist destination, and near Larissa in central Greece.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.5 earthquake hits southern Greece.

5.4 earthquake hits the central East Pacific rise.

5.4 earthquake hits southern Greece.

5.3 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.2 earthquake hits the island of Hawaii, Hawaii.

5.1 earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Chagos Archipelago.

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Wildfires – Greece

Lightning sparked three wildfires in remote parts of the Halkidiki peninsula in northern Greece in the early hours of Tuesday, according to the fire service.

Ground and air crews were battling blazes in the uplands of Kavourotrypes and Vourvourou on the Sithonia leg of the peninsula on Tuesday morning, after putting out another fire in Afytos on the Cassandra leg earlier.

On Sunday, a bolt of lighting is believed to have killed a 58-year-old motorcyclist on the outskirts of Thessaloniki. The man was found dead 40 kilometers east of the northern port city with a hole in his helmet.

Wildfires – New Mexico, Colorado, USA

Sunday’s rains helped subdue part of a New Mexico wildfire, allowing the 1,100 residents of Cimarron to return to their homes by midday on Monday, but a second fire in neighboring Colorado was largely uncontained, officials said.

In Colorado, some 250 miles (402.34 km) away near Durango, a blaze called the 416 Fire had raged across more than 2,255 acres (912.5 hectares) by Monday morning, and forced the evacuation of about 825 homes, said Megan Graham, spokeswoman for La Plata County where the fire is burning. The Colorado blaze was 10-percent contained by Monday morning.

The Ute Park Fire in New Mexico had torched more than 36,000 acres (14,569 hectares) by early on Monday, and that it was 23-percent contained, up from zero containment on Sunday morning.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

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

5.1 earthquake hits near Mexico City.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits southern Greece.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Greece – Torrential rainfall has caused floods in areas of Ileia in southern Greece. The floods have caused disruptions on the Pyrgos-Tripoli national highway at the Strefiou intersection and on the Pyrgos-Kyparissia highway near the Kallikomo community. Problems were also reported in the community of Latzoi in the region of Pyrgos, as well as other areas in the Olenia municipality, due to the overflowing of the River Enipea. Meanwhile heavy rainfall on the Ionian island of Lefkada on Sunday damaged homes, hotels, a local hospital and a police precinct in the region of Vasiliki, according to reports on Monday.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 17p (Iris), located approximately 330 nm east-southeast of Cairns, Australia, is tracking eastward at 05 knots.

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Greece – Greece has declared a state of emergency in its northern border with Turkey after an overflowing Evros river reached peak levels and flooded the area last Friday. The river also engulfed riverbanks and fields in Edirne — near Turkey’s border with Greece and Bulgaria — and submerged the city’s famous wrestling stadium. Bridges all over the region were closed for precaution. Images from the Sentinel 2 satellite from the EU Earth observation programme Copernicus show a region that went from being almost completely dry last year to flooded last weekend.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the western Pacific: Tropical Storm (td) 03w (Jelawat), located approximately 103 nm north of Pagan, is tracking northeastward at 10 knots.

In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 18p (Josie), located approximately 128 nm south-southwest of Suva, Fiji, is tracking south-southeastward at 04 knots.

Newsbytes:

Greece – A state of emergency has been declared in parts of northern Greece after a swollen River Evros broke its banks, causing widespread flooding. The village of Praggi was among the areas in Evros prefecture affected by the floodwaters earlier this week. Now, the Eastern Macedonia and Thrace regions have been declared to be in a state of emergency as the authorities attempt to prevent more damage from the rising floodwaters.

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UK – Britons are battling yet another lashing of wintry conditions as sub-zero snow showers caused a wrath of floods across the country in what’s being dubbed the Easter Weekend Washout. So far, five weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office following teeth-chattering snow showers and violent flash floods relentlessly battering the UK an eye-watering 48 hours on. Banks burst up and down the country putting lives in danger and wreaking havoc on homes.

India – A reservoir in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district breached its danger mark on Saturday, leading to floods in villages around it, a district official said. There was no loss of life or cattle.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Greece – Update – Greek authorities on Monday raised to 23 the death toll from heavy flooding near Athens this month, after one more body was found and an injured woman died in hospital.

Gaza – Dozens of homes and shops flooded and many roads in Gaza City were blocked yesterday night due to heavy rainfall in the Gaza Strip. Eyewitnesses reported that the areas most affected by the heavy rainfall were Al-Shuja’iyya, Al-Zaytoun, Al-Tuffah, Sheikh Radwan, and Muftaraq Al-Sahaba, as rain water flooded homes and shops in these areas and dragged many cars away.

New Zealand – Homes flooded and a school sustained “significant” damage after 42.2 millimetres of rain fell in Roxburgh within a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon. The flash flooding closed roads, leaving the small town isolated on Monday and residents cleaning up mud and silt. Residents of a Central Otago town recovering from widespread flooding are being told to expect to be without water until at least Wednesday.