Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits Nevada, USA.

5.7 Earthquake hits Nevada, USA

5.6 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.3 Earthquake hits Nevada, USA.

5.2 Earthquake hits Romania.

5.1 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits Colombia.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.6 Earthquake hits Romania.

5.4 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

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

5.2 Earthquake hits the Azu Islands off Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits Reykjane’s ridge.

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

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Reykjane’s ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic:

Tropical Storm Gaston is located about 975 mi…1570 km W of the Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

Invest 99L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Eastern Pacific:

Invest 98E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

Invest 99E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical Storm 12w (Lionrock), located approximately 269 nm east-southeast of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking south-southwestward at 06 knots.

Tropical Depression 14w (Fourteen), located approximately 340 nm east-southeast of Iwo To, is tracking north-northeastward at 24 knots.

Newsbytes:

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India Update – Floods across India have killed more than 30 people and displaced thousands. Central Madhya Pradesh state has suffered the highest death toll with at least 17 people killed in flood-related incidents, officials said. And in eastern Bihar state, at least 15,000 people have been evacuated from their homes after a “flood-like situation” in a dozen districts. Floods are common in India during the monsoon season between June and September. But excessive rains this year have caused the Ganges river and its tributaries to rise above the danger level in about 20 districts in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. At least 13 people have died in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh states because of drowning, electrocution or injuries sustained after house collapses. In Bihar, where at least six rivers are flowing above the danger mark, thousands of people have taken shelter in more than 80 relief camps.

Romania – Authorities say 11 people have been rescued after being trapped by a flash flood in a huge bat cave in western Romania. The group had taken shelter Monday afternoon from torrential rain, only to be trapped by the flood. They were rescued after a seven-hour operation. The Huda lui Papara cave is home to the largest bat colony in Europe, located in the Apuseni Mountains in northwestern Transylvania.

Disease

Newcastle Disease in Romania

Romania has reported an outbreak of Newcastle disease for the first time since 2007.

Over 500 birds died in a flock of laying hens in Bucov, Prahova. Another 1070 birds were destroyed to prevent the outbreak from spreading.

Romania’s report to the World Organisation for Animal health described the affected farm as ‘non-commercial, and said the birds were aged seven and a half months. They were vaccinated at 1 and 3 weeks old with a live attenuated vaccine, administered orally.

In addition to the stamping out operation, the country is enacting screening measures, tracing of the outbreak and movement controls.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Alor, Indonesia.

Initial reports of minor property damage, no casualties.

5.5 Earthquake hits East Timor.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Bismarck Sea.

5.2 Earthquake hits Romania.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Nias region, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Bismarck Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits Dominica in the Leeward Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits northwest of the Kuril Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Sunda Strait, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Bismarck Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits East Timor.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Depression Nora is located about 450 mi…725 km se of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

Tropical Storm Koppu is located approximately 757 nm south-southeast of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan and is tracking westward at 11 knots.

Tropical Storm Champi is located approximately 614 nm east of Saipan, and is tracking west-northwestward at 20 knots.

Invest 96E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

NewsBytes:

Pakistan – A landslide in Pakistan’s Gulsitan-e-Jauhar area in Karachi has claimed the lives of at least 13 people including seven children on Tuesday. The landslide buried three shanties built on mud and sand.

Romania – Authorities say more than 20 people have been rescued after flash floods swept through a town in eastern Romania, submerging cars and flooding a railway embankment. Authorities said Tuesday that 23 cars were flooded in Corbu, a small town on the Black Sea coast, late Monday.

El Niño

El Niño is expected to be more beast than “little boy” this year — a forecast about the weather pattern that becomes clear in newly released maps of the waters around the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 Earthquake hits eastern Honshu, Japan.

The earthquake injured at least 39 people while more than 43 houses in a popular ski-resort collapsed.

5.8 Earthquake hits central Afghanistan.

5.5 Earthquake hits Romania.

5.4 Earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon, USA.

5.0 Earthquake hits the southeast Indian ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon, USA.

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

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical Depression Genevieve is located near latitude 13.1 north…longitude 150.1

west. The depression is moving toward the west near 7 mph…11 km/h. This general motion is forecast to continue through Thursday…with a slight increase in forward speed expected on Friday.

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical storm 11w (Halong) is located approximately 266 nm west northwest of Navsta, Guam, and is tracking westward at 08 knots.

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New Mexico, USA – Flood waters have struck parts of Albuquerque and other New Mexico cities as the state prepares for more severe weather.Heavy rain and thunderstorms sparked damaging floods Tuesday in Albuquerque’s South Valley and pockets of eastern New Mexico.

Romania – Romania’s Hydrology Institute issued a Code Red for flooding warnings for Gorj and Valcea counties in the Southern Romania while the Interior Ministry mobilized 1,600 troops from various institutions to help people who were affected by flooding in ten counties in the center and southern regions of the country.

Floods were caused by heavy rains at the beginning of this week. In Valcea, helicopters were sent to help evacuate 40 people from areas that were isolated due to flooding. Hundreds of people were evicted after their homes were flooded or even completely destroyed, and two people died.

Several road sections in Gorj county were blocked due to heavy rains, which caused landslides. A passenger train operated by private company Regiotrans derailed in Arges county, because of a bridge that was destroyed by the flooding. The derail caused four injuries.

The heavy rain also reduced Romania’s grain crops by 20 to 30 percent and destroyed 40 to 60 percent of the vegetable crops in the southern part of Romania, farmers’ associations said. Some regions were also affected by hail and specialists estimate that this will cause a decline in Romania’s agriculture production.

Tasmania – Wild weather continues to cause blackouts in Tasmania, as communities in the state’s north face possible flash flooding. As 900 homes in Scottsdale had their power reconnected on Wednesday night, another 1000 homes lost electricity in Verona Sands in the state’s south. Flood warnings have been issued for all northern river basins and a sandbagging effort is being co-ordinated out of Young Town on Launceston’s outskirts.

Disease

Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update

Based on epidemiological analysis conducted by WHO, three major factors are contributing to patterns of transmission, which are currently responsible for the continuous propagation of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the sub-region. These factors include transmission of EVD in rural communities, facilitated by strong cultural practices and traditional beliefs; transmission of EVD in densely populated peri-urban areas of Conakry in Guinea and Monrovia in Liberia; and cross-border transmission of EVD along the border areas of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, where commercial and social activities continue among the border areas of these countries.

Containment of this outbreak requires a strong response in the countries and especially along their shared border areas. As one of the response elements, WHO is organizing a high-level meeting for the Ministers of Health in the sub-region scheduled for 2–3 July 2014 in Accra, Ghana. The meeting will bring together Ministers of Health and the Directors of disease prevention and control from 11 African countries (Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Uganda), as well as partners, Ebola survivors, representatives of airlines and mining companies, and the donor communities. The objective of the meeting is to analyse the situation, identify gaps, develop operational response plans, and to ensure increased political commitment and enhanced cross-border collaboration for EVD response activities among the countries in the sub-region.

Mad Cow Disease in Romania

Russia’s federal veterinary and phytosanitary control authority, or Rosselkhoznadzor, has banned imports of bovine cattle, beef and by-products from Romania over an outbreak of Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease.

According to a Rosselkhoznadzor release circulated on Tuesday, the ban is also applicable to processed animal proteins, animal feedstuff made of such proteins, meat-meal and bone tankage.

An outbreak of mad cow disease in Romania was registered by the International Epizootic Bureau.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the South Indian Ocean:

Tropical cyclone Jack is located approximately 350 nm southwest of Cocos Island, Australia.

Tropical cyclone Jack was threatening to hamper the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on Monday, as a submarine drone neared the end of its search for the missing Malaysian jetliner in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean. The search has entered the 45th day.

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Europe – Three people, including a 13-year-old boy, have drowned and two are missing in floods that hit Romania over the weekend.

Philippines – Flash floods affected more than a thousand families in Carmen, Davao del Norte over the weekend. Waters quickly rose at around 6:30 a.m. Sunday, forcing 1,302 families to flee to higher ground.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Atlantic Ocean:

Tropical depression Gabrielle is located approximately 690 mi (1110 km) SSW of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Gabrielle is forecast to become a Post-tropical cyclone when it nears Nova Scotia late today. Rainfall warnings have been issued for sections of central and eastern Nova Scotia.

Hurricane Humberto is located about 630 mi (1015 km) NW of the Cape Verde Islands. It appears that Humberto may have peaked in intensity. There are suggestions by the global models that Humberto may attempt a comeback starting around day 5, but it is quite uncertain how much of a tropical cyclone will be remaining at that time after experiencing substantial vertical shear for nearly four days.

Tropical depression Ten is located about 135 mi (215 km) ENE of Veracruz, Mexico. A slow and erratic motion over the far southern Gulf of Mexico is expected during the next couple of days. The depression is expected to become a tropical storm later today. The depression is expected to produce 10 to 15 inches of rain over a large part of eastern Mexico, with isolated amounts around 25 inches possible. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect.

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical depression 16w (Man-Yi) is located approximately 201 nm south-southeast of Iwo To, Japan.

Gulf of Mexico:

A low pressure system (Invest 93L) developing over the Southwestern Gulf of Mexico’s Bay of Campeche is generating heavy rains over the Yucatan Peninsula and adjacent waters. The computer models predict a landfall location along the Mexican coast between Veracruz and a location a few hundred miles south of the Texas/Mexico border by early next week.

The high levels of moisture and slow motion of 93L make it a very dangerous rainfall threat, and I expect rainfall amounts of 5 – 10 inches will affect portions of the Mexican coast between Veracruz and Brownsville, Texas over the next five days. An added danger is the presence of tropical disturbance 90E in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, on the other side of Mexico. If 93L intensifies sufficiently, it could draw in the moisture from 90E across Southern Mexico, resulting in torrential rains on both the Pacific and Atlantic sides of Southern Mexico.

“Biblical” rains trigger flooding in Colorado, USA

Massive flash flooding along Colorado’s picturesque Front Range mountains, triggered by what the National Weather Service termed “biblical rainfall amounts,” killed at least three people Thursday, cut off small towns and forced countless residents to scramble for high ground.

Up to 10 inches fell in an area from the Wyoming border southward to the foothills west of Denver.

Boulder, home to the University of Colorado, was among the hardest hit by the devastating waters. Classes were canceled, hundreds of students evacuated and a quarter of the campus buildings damaged by rising water, authorities said.

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NewsBytes:

A tornado touched down in remote northeastern Maine, USA Wednesday evening, The National Weather Service has confirmed. The tornado was spotted near Oxbow Plantation where many tress were reported downed. Power outages were also reported.

Storms over Quebec have caused damage in Montreal and the surrounding area. The strong storms also downed dozens of trees and hydro poles in the town of Saint Anicet. About 4,000 households were left without power due to the storms. Heavy rainfall also flooded the Atwater Tunnel.

Flooding in Romania have claimed lives of eight people and flooded around 700 houses in Galati county.

Storms and Floods

Tornado in Russia

At least 200 people have been injured by a tornado in Efremov, near Tula in central Russia. The Tula Governor has declared a state of emergency The tornado damaged 179 houses, five schools and two kindergartens.

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Flash floods in Kathmandu, Nepal

Heavy rainfall swept away at least two houses in Kathmandu, Nepal. The flood also closed Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Nepal’s only international airport, for a short time.

Flooding in Norway

Hundreds of people have been evacuated following mudslides and flooding in Norway. Train services through Gudbrandsdalen and Østerdalen that connect Oslo and Trondheim have been closed. The flooding in Norway this year is expected to be the worst since 1995.

Storm in Bucharest, Romania injures 18

Heavy rain and strong storms in Bucharest, the capital city of Romania have injured at least 18 people including one in critical stage. The storms have left more than 17,000 residents without power.