Wildfires – California

Local roads were closed and some evacuations were ordered Saturday as a Lassen County wildfire in Northern California grew to 1,500 acres. About three dozen engine crews were battling the Long Valley Fire on the California-Nevada border, which was burning through sagebrush lands overseen by the federal Bureau of Land Management. Aerial retardant drops were halted for the night. The fire has destroyed several outbuildings and one larger building and threatened 40 other structures, authorities said.

Elsewhere in Northern California, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported that the 600-acre Mountain Fire in Shasta County was 70% contained by Saturday night, authorities said. The fire, which started Thursday morning, destroyed 14 structures.

Wildfires – Greece

Hot, dry, windy weather has helped fuel dozens of wildfires across the country and the fire service has deployed almost 700 firefighters in the past 24 hours. The most serious fire, on the eastern island of Samos, is now under control, but authorities had to evacuate four hotels Saturday and house the guests in an indoor stadium overnight.


Wildfires – Greece

Hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate their homes after three huge wildfires devastated a Greek island. Water-dropping planes and helicopters have been deployed to the island of Evia, where a huge blaze is burning through a protected nature reserve.

Residents from four villages and a monastery have had to flee as firefighters battle the wildfires, which broke out at about 3am on Tuesday. More than 200 firefighters are working to control the infernos, with one member of the force being taken to hospital after suffering serious burns.


Wildfires – Greece

A wildfire which broke out on Elafonisos island in southern Greece on Saturday has prompted the evacuation of a hotel and camping as a precautionary measure, with no injuries reported. The blaze is burning mainly low vegetation, as firefighters’ efforts to contain it are hampered by strong winds.

The image is similar in Marathon municipality, some 42 kilometers northeast of Athens. According to preliminary information from the Fire Brigade, the flames are scorching a forested zone not very far away from the starting line of the Athens Classic Marathon race.

Wildfires – Australia

Firefighters are in position to protect homes on the NSW mid-north coast after a bushfire quickly burned hundreds of hectares. Strong south-easterly winds fanned the blaze over the Belmore River and Lotus Rd, east of Kempsey, and into the beachside Hat Head National Park. The out-of-control blaze had torched almost 400 hectares by 2.15pm.

A watch and act alert is also out for homes in the vicinity of Turners Flat, west of Kempsey, where a fire has burned through about 200 hectares.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.9 earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.7 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands, Greece.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits `Samar in the Philippines.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.3 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

6.6 earthquake hits Western Australia.

5.8 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.5 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

Two 5.3 earthquakes hit Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Greece.

5.1 earthquake hits the Galapagos Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Biak region, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the western Mediterranean Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Western Australia.


Wildfires – Greece

Two new brush fires broke out overnight on the Greek island of Evia, forcing the evacuation of four villages, authorities said Friday.

The new wildfires came several hours after a major blaze led to the mobilization of more than 100 firefighters and the evacuation of another village. Firefighters managed to limit the spread of the initial fire, which was burning woodland and agricultural areas, but difficult terrain and high temperatures hampered their efforts to extinguish it.

Wildfires – Arctic

Across the Arctic, more than 100 wildfires are releasing clouds of carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions into the atmosphere.

The fires have been burning across the Arctic Circle in Siberia and Alaska for weeks. Though fire is a natural part of some Arctic ecosystems, scientists are calling the wildfires “unprecedented” for the month of June based on their size and carbon dioxide emissions.

“These are some of the biggest fires on the planet, with a few appearing to be larger than 100,000 hectares,” Thomas Smith, professor of geography at the London School of Economics, said in an email. “The amount of CO2 emitted from Arctic Circle fires in June 2019 is larger than all of the CO2 released from Arctic Circle fires in the same month from 2010 through to 2018 put together.”


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits the northern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits the Lombok region, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Monagas, Venezuela.

5.0 earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands, Greece.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.5 earthquake hits the mid-Indian ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits Greece.

5.2 earthquake hits Kyushu, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits the Flores region, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 17s (Haleh), located approximately 680 nm southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking south-southwestward at 12 knots.


Afghanistan – Update – The death toll in the Afghan floods has risen to 59 with more than 15 300 people either homeless or affected by the floods. 143 people were injured and many are still missing.

Greece – Flooding in the town of Halkida on the island of Evia over the past few days has prompted residents to evacuate their homes and authorities to declare a state of emergency. According to local news reports, the floods wreaked havoc in the areas of Dokos, Aghia Eleousa and Liani Ammos, damaging dozens of homes, farmland and infrastructure, as well as scores of businesses whose stock and merchandise were destroyed.

Indonesia – Up to 143 neighborhood units (RT) were flooded after heavy rains lashed the capital on Tuesday, the Jakarta administration said. The floods occurred in 30 subdistricts in North and West Jakarta, with water levels reaching as high as 80 centimeters.


Wildfires – Greece

A wildfire has broken out and burned an area covered with pine trees on the Sithonia peninsula in northern Greece on Thursday, with strong winds hindering the efforts of the firefighters. The region of central Macedonia has now called a state of emergency for the village of Sarti. Police blocked off roads in the area as firefighters continued to battle with the blaze with the support of helicopters.

Wildfires – Australia

A bushfire that started October 11 in Western Australia 120km southeast of Broome burned 880,000 hectares, or 2,174,527 acres. Dry winds from variable directions and high temperatures made it very difficult to suppress. The remote location and a lack of water restricted the tactics to fighting fire with fire, constructing firelines with heavy equipment, and using aircraft.

When the wind direction changed last week, firefighters had to shut down the Great Northern Highway, National Route 1. In spite of the enormous size of the blaze in Western Australia there were no fatalities or damage to major structures.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Leslie is located about 720 mi…1155 km ene of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…wsw or 240 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Rosa is located about 385 mi…625 km sw of Punta Eugenia Mexico and about 585 mi…940 km ssw of San Felipe Mexico with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h. Present movement…n or 5 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Storm Sergio is located about 485 mi…780 km s of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 28w (Trami), located approximately 131 nm south-southeast of Iwakuni, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 25 knots.

Typhoon 30w (Kong-Rey), located approximately 288 nm north-northwest of Ulithi, is tracking northwestward at 09 knots.

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Walaka is located about 610 mi…980 km se of Johnston island about 725 mi…1165 km ssw of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.


California, USA – The moisture from Hurricane Rosa could pose a risk of flash flooding to Baja California, eastern California, Las Vegas and Arizona as it approaches the coast late Sunday. The remnants of Rosa could bring as much as a year’s worth of rain to desert areas such as California’s Imperial Valley and Arizona’s Yuma County — both significant producers of vegetables for the nation.

Greece – Swirling winds and torrential rain brought flash floods to parts of Greece on Saturday as a rare type of storm known as a “Medicane” which can develop in certain conditions over the Mediterranean Sea hit the country. Ships were held at Greece’s main ports and traffic was disrupted in several areas as roads flooded due to the heavy rain. Gusting winds blew garbage bins off the streets of Athens and led to power cuts and falling trees across the country.

Nigeria – Floods in Edo State have killed at least 6 people with no fewer than 42 communities, 8,000 houses and 35,150 persons affected by the floods.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits east of the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits southern Greece.

5.2 earthquake hits the Philippines.

5.1 earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits Northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit the southern East Pacific rise.