Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits the Volcano islands off Japan.

Two 5.4 Earthquakes hit offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.0 Earthquake hits Greece.

Mexico – The death toll from Mexico’s 8.1 magnitude earthquake rose to 96 on Monday as more victims were confirmed in the hard-hit southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas and residents worked to repair shattered homes and small businesses.



Wildfires – Greece

A wildfire broke out at the village Anafonitria, in northern Zakynthos. The village is being evacuated after fire reached the front porches of some houses. Two more wildfires broke out in the Ano Volima area of the island, about five kilometres west of the first Anafonitria fire front.


Wildfires – Portugal and Greece

Portuguese officials say 112 people have been evacuated from their homes in the central town of Vila de Rei as more than 3,700 firefighters continue to battle dozens of wildfires across the country. 45 people were slightly injured in the fires over the past two days. Firefighters were hoping to make the most of a slight drop in temperatures to make progress in extinguishing some 210 fires still active.

Authorities in Greece have declared a state of emergency on the island of Zakynthos where wildfires are burning for a fourth day. The Fire Service says that the blazes are burning on 12 fronts and not threatening homes or resorts on the island, which is popular with tourists.

A large wildfire north of Athens is threatening homes as it sweeps through pine forest for a second day, uncontained due to high winds. Fire Service officials, two planes and five helicopters are fighting the blaze at Varnava, 45 kilometers (28 miles) north of the Greek capital, while a main road in the area is closed to traffic to give fire trucks better access. The fire burned out of control for a second day Monday after damaging at least 20 homes the previous day and forcing the evacuation of holiday campsites used in the area for children’s vacations.


Wildfires – Greece

A wildfire close to a village near Athens has damaged dozens of houses and caused people to flee their homes, officials said on Monday. More than 150 firefighters with 50 fire engines and three water-dropping helicopters battled the blaze, which broke out in Kalamos, a coastal area some 45 km (30 miles) northeast of Athens. No injuries had been reported but at least a dozen houses were heavily damaged.


Wildfires – Spain

A wildfire ripped through a forest in the northwest of Spain with the flames advancing through dry bushes. Emergency services have tirelessly battered the fire with 22 fire brigades, 12 helicopters and four aeroplanes are working on fire control. Local media claims over 110 members of the armed forces have also been deployed to try to stop the fire. Last-minute estimates suggest the fire affects more than 1,200 hectares, including a large extension of pine trees as it remains active, nearly 24 hours after it started.

Wildfires – Italy

A heatwave that has left Italy sweltering in record temperatures sparked wildfires on Thursday which claimed the life of one elderly woman and forced the closure of a major highway. A section of the Via Aurelia coastal motorway that runs northwards from Rome to the Riviera had to be closed for several hours because of a major fire near Grosseto in Tuscany.

Wildfires – Greece

Three firefighters have been hurt battling a large brush fire south of the Greek capital, Athens. Authorities have ordered the evacuation of dozens of homes in two communities in Lagonissi, a coastal area 30 kilometers from Athens, after several homes and cars were destroyed in the fire. Dozens of firefighters and fire engines are taking part in the operation. Winds up to 60 kilometers per hour were hampering the firefighting effort, while temperatures in the area reached 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit).

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Wildfires – Albania

In Albania about 300 firefighters and military personnel are working to keep under control about 25 wildfires that have broken out in the last 24 hours. About 20 of the fires are threatening residential areas in the capital, Tirana, as well as in the cities of Vlora, Dibar, Elbasan and Berat, where vast areas of forest are burning.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga. 

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands. 

5.0 Earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands-Turkey border region.

5.0 Earthquake hits southeastern Iran. 


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.7 Earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands – Turkish border region.

At least two tourists have been killed and around 200 others injured after a powerful earthquake shook the Greek Islands and Turkish coast, triggering a small tsunami.

The 6.7-magnitude quake struck in the Aegean Sea on Thursday night south of the Turkish city of Bodrum and east of the small Greek island of Kos – both areas popular with British holidaymakers.

The earthquake triggered a small tsunami that caused flooding in Bodrum and parts of Kos, which took the brunt of the impact with significant damage to buildings.

Tens of thousands of tourists spent the night outdoors on Kos, many sleeping on sunbeds along beaches and in squares.

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5.7 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.5 Earthquakehits Vanuatu.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands – Turkish border region.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the west coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

Yellowstone Earthquake Swarm Continues

Researchers have now recorded more than 1,200 earthquakes at Yellowstone National Park, part of an ongoing earthquake swarm now in its sixth week.


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.


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 – 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.