Wildlife

Locust Swarms

A plague of locusts has denuded much of the Greek Aegean island of Agios Efstratios, causing sheep to starve because so much vegetation has been devoured.

Vegetable gardens across the island have also been ravaged. The BBC quotes a local expert who says the locusts will disappear by July or August, but are likely to come back because they are not of the migratory variety.

Efforts to eradicate the swarms have failed.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits central Peru.

5.2 Earthquake hits off the coast of Guerrero, Mexico.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands, Greece.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Greece

Greece’s fire department says that one person has died after a wildfire broke out west of Athens. A body was found in a ravine outside the town of Agioi Theodoroi, 65 kilometers (40 miles) west of Athens. The fire, which has been contained, burned through a forest area and severely damaged a house on the outskirts of the town.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Andaman Islands off India.

5.2 Earthquake hits Greece.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Carlsberg ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits northeastern Iran.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Pagan region in the North Mariana Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands, Greece.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.5 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.4 Earthquake hits Leyte in the Philippines.

5.4 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

Two 5.1 Earthquakes hit New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

5.0 Earthquake hits Guatemala.

Ecuador – Three people have been killed and at least 47 injured after the 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador’s Pacific coast early on Monday morning. All three victims apparently suffered heart attacks. More than 700 families were forced to evacuate their homes as emergency services moved in to deal with the incident. There were around 15 aftershocks too which caused further damage to the affected resort towns, with the largest measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the West Pacific: Tropical Depression 29w (Tokage), located approximately 242 nm west-northwest of Manila, Philippines, is tracking southwestward at 17 knots.

Newsbytes:

Italy, Update = The rain across northern Italy has finally eased, a great relief to those living close to the banks of the River Po, the country’s longest. More than two and a half months worth of rain fell in less than three days, swelling the Po and its tributary, the Tanaro. The Po overflowed in Turin, causing widespread flooding. At one point the Po was more than one metre above its danger level and most bridges in the city had been closed because of safety concerns. It is reported that the floods claimed the lives of two people.

Greece – Fire officials in Greece say a 32-year-old man drowned on the island of Zakynthos after flash floods hit the island early Sunday. Heavy rains drenched both Zakynthos and the Greek capital of Athens late Saturday and early Sunday, resulting in 470 emergency calls. Several major roads in Athens became impassable.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand.

5.2 Earthquake hits near the south coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits Greece,

5.0 Earthquake hits the Moluccan Sea.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands on the Turkish border.

5.0 Earthquake hits southern Greece.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Almagan region in the North Mariana Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Mid-Indian ridge.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Greece

Nearly 300 firefighters, volunteers and soldiers are striving to contain large forest fires on the northern Greek island of Thassos, which has damaged homes and forced the evacuation of a village.

The fire department says the blazes are believed to have been started by lightning strikes during a heavy storm, and broke out at four different spots across the island late Friday.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific: Invest 91E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

Newsbytes:

Greece – In Greece, four people have died and one other is missing after heavy downpours caused flash flooding from Thessaloniki in the North East, all the way to Sparta in the South. In the North West, a Romanian woman and her two children were rescued.

Niger – At least 38 people have been killed and more than 92,000 left homeless since June in disastrous floods in Niger. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the deaths, up from a previous government toll of 14, followed torrential rains in August. More than 26,000 livestock have been lost and more than 9,000 homes destroyed, the UN said, citing government figures.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Greece

Greece’s fire service says a fire has been raging in a mountainous part of the island of Evia in central Greece for the second day in a row, burning well over 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares) of forest and forcing authorities to evacuate a village, a monastery and a hotel.

The service says the hot, dry and windy weather is helping the fire expand and making it difficult for the five planes, five helicopters and hundreds of firefighters on the ground to contain it. Firefighting help from the air ceases at sundown.

The agency says the Evia fire is the largest of the 59 wildfires that broke out between 6 a.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday. Other fires on the islands of Crete and Kea are also still expanding.

Wildfires – USA

CALIFORNIA

Fire officials say a wildfire burning near California’s dramatic Big Sur coast has destroyed 57 homes and is threatening 2,000 more. The week-old blaze has also scared away tourists who are cancelling bookings after fire officials warned that crews will likely be battling a wildfire raging in steep, forested ridges just to the north for another month. The blaze has grown to 52 square miles.More than 5,000 firefighters are battling the wildfire that officials expect to linger until the end of August.

WYOMING

A new fire in southwest Wyoming has destroyed eight rural homes and forced the evacuation of about 140 others. The fire in Uinta County was detected Thursday and grew quickly, burning about 3 square miles in a matter of hours.

Elsewhere in Wyoming, favourable weather allowed firefighters to take the offensive against a wildfire threatening hundreds of seasonal homes. The fire in Shoshone National Forest has burned about 19 square miles.

NEVADA

Two hundred firefighters with air support turned back the immediate threat to homes north of Reno where a series of lightning-sparked wildfires prompted voluntary evacuations Friday. But more fire crews were on the way as evening thunderstorms moved into the area packing potential for more trouble.

The biggest blaze has burned about 2 square miles in the Red Rock area east of U.S. Highway 395. But it is 50 percent contained and should be fully contained by Monday night. No structures have been damaged or injuries reported.

About 40 homes were threatened earlier Friday in the dry, high desert of the Sierra Nevada where temperatures exceeded 100 degrees about 30 miles north of Reno. But voluntary evacuations were lifted later in the day, and no homes faced any imminent danger by Friday evening.

WASHINGTON

A fire burning northeast of Moses Lake near the town of Marlin is estimated to have grown to be over 20,000 acres as of Sunday afternoon, down from the 28,000 acres previously estimated.

The Black Rock Fire was estimated to be 23,600 acres and approximately 40 percent contained. Fire crews, aided by a single engine tanker plane and citizens with farming equipment, were able to stop a flare-up and spread of the fire Sunday. The fire had threatened 25 residences, crops and livestock. Grant County officials said since the fire wasn’t growing at a rapid pace, evacuation orders were lifted Sunday. The fire started Saturday afternoon and grew from 3,000 acres to 11,000 acres in a matter of hours. Fire crews say strong winds fuelled the fire.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands, Greece.

5.2 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.8 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Jujuy, Argentina.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Nepal.

5.0 Earthquake hits Greece.

5.0 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.