Wildfires

Wildfires – Russia

Firefighters are extinguishing around 160 wildfires on a total area of almost 155,000 hectares across Russia, the press service of the Federal Aerial Protection Service reported on Monday. The day before the area affected by fires amounted to 144,500 hectares.

“As of 00:00 Moscow time on July 15, 2019, 160 forest fires were raging on a total area of 154,940 hectares, including 40 fires in the Krasnoyarsk Region (70,771 hectares) and 40 fires in the Irkutsk Region (45,307 hectares). Work to extinguish them was in progress,” the press service said.

Large fires have been registered in the Magadan Region, the Chukotka Autonomous Region, Kamchatka, the Trans-Baikal Region and Buryatia. The firefighting effort involves more than 3,300 people and 428 pieces of equipment. As many as 72 aircraft are monitoring the situation and 35 extinguish fires. A total of 50 wildfires on a total area exceeding 3,300 hectares have been extinguished over the past 24 hours.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.1 earthquake hits north of Severnaya Zemlya, Russia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Panama-Costa Rica border.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.8 earthquake hits southwestern Russia.

6.7 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

6.4 earthquake hits near the west coast of Honshu, Japan.

6.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Two 5.2 earthquakes hit the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Komandorskiye Ostrova, Russia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Russia

As the world watches wildfires tear through the Canadian countryside, a blaze more than twice the size rages on the other side of the world.

According to an exclusive analysis of satellite data, the seasonal forest fires in eastern Russia currently cover more than a million hectares of land — making it twice as big as the roughly 500,000-hectare blaze burning in the heart of Alberta oil country.

Reports from the Russian government have dramatically underplayed the scale of the abnormally severe Siberian wildfire, with officials claiming it is less than one tenth of its true size.

A report undertaken by Greenpeace suggests that at least 2 million hectares of forests were destroyed in Siberia last year due to “prescribed” burns getting out of control. Russian authorities have denied this.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits the Panama-Costa Rica border.

5.3 earthquake hits central Peru.

5.1 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits east of Severnaya Zemlya, Russia.

5.1 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Russia

Wildfires have scorched over 44,000 hectares in 18 Russian regions, the Federal Aerial Forest Protection Service (Avialesokhrana) said in a statement on Saturday, adding that 155 forest fires had been extinguished in the previous 24 hours.

As many as 17 forest fires have been registered in Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk region, while the number of wildfires active in the Kurgan, Irkutsk and Trans-Baikal region ranges from four to six. Firefighting activities involve 3,600 personnel and 835 pieces of equipment.

The fire season has begun in 77 Russian regions. A state of emergency has been declared in six regions, namely the Kurgan, Trans-Baikal, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk and Tuva regions, as well as in certain districts of the Chelyabinsk region

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Russia – Spring floods have currently ended in 33 Russian regions and continue in 27 regions. There are no flooded houses, the Russian Emergencies ministry reported on Monday. According to the Emergencies Ministry, 18 residential yards remain flooded in two communities, and 28 low-level bridges and four motorway sections were inundated in 11 regions. “The life of the population was not affected,” the Emergencies Ministry specified. Airmobile rescue crews were deployed to control the floods and carry out preventive measures in the Chelyabinsk and Vologda Regions, as well as in the rockslide area on the Bureya River in the Khabarovsk Region.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits Kodiak Island, Alaska.

Two 5.1 earthquakes hit the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits southern Alaska.

5.0 earthquake hits Carabobo, Venezuela.

5.0 earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.4 earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.9 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.8 earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.7 earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.7 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.6 earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.3 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.0 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical Cyclone (tc) 04s (Bouchra), located approximately 495 nm northwest of Cocos Island, Australia, is tracking southeastward at 04 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 07b (Gaja), located approximately 360 nm east of Chennai, India, is tracking westward at 10 knots.

NewsBytes:

Russia: Flood Report – Due to heavy rains and storms starting on 24 October 2018, a total of 2,545 houses of Krasnodar Krai (region) of Russia were flooded, affecting tens of thousands of people. With over 200,000 inhabitants living in the disaster-hit areas, the governor of Krasnodar Krai declared a state of emergency on 25 October. The local authorities started the response and relief operation immediately and 600 people were evacuated from the flooded houses.

Malaysia – Parts of Lawas district in northern-most Sarawak were hit by flash floods in the predawn hours of Tuesday. A trunk road – Jalan Trusan – and Kg Siang Siang were inundated by a metre of water following heavy rain and rising river waters. So far no evacuations had been ordered.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression (ts) 31w (Yutu), located approximately 155 southeast of Hong Kong, is tracking northwestward at 01 knot.

NewsBytes:

Russia – More than 590 people have been injured in floods in the Krasnodar Region, 28 of them still in hospital. Six people were killed in the disaster, and two are missing. About 30 communities were flooded in the Krasnodar Region following heavy rains on October 24-26. Transport communication was disrupted due to damaged highways and railroads, and more than 2,500 homes in which more than 6,500 people live were flooded. There were gas, water and electricity supply interruptions.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Subtropical Storm Oscar is located about 1120 mi…1800 km ese of Bermuda and about 1200 mi…1930 km ne of the northern Leeward islands with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 300 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon (ts) 31w (Yutu), located approximately 571 nm north-northwest ofYap, is tracking westward at 13 knots.

NewsBytes:

Russia – Update – Six people died in floods in southern Russia that also damaged regional infrastructure, including an oil pipeline, the authorities said on Friday (Sept 26), as emergency workers were struggling to provide food and water to the victims. Over 2,300 houses were flooded in the region. Flash floods frequently cause devastating damage in the area wedged between the Black Sea and the Caucasus mountain range as mountain rivers swell and destroy settlements below.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon (ts) 31w (Yutu), located approximately 391 nm west-northwest of Navsta, Guam, is tracking westward at 13 knots.

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Jordan – At least 18 people have been killed in flash floods near the Dead Sea in Jordan, most of them in a bus that was swept away. The bus was carrying 37 pupils and seven members of staff to the Zara Maeen hot springs area when it was washed away, officials said.

Turkey – Turkey’s state-run news agency says six migrants have drowned after being swept away by floodwaters as they tried to illegally cross into Turkey from Syria. Anadolu Agency said paramilitary police and rescuers recovered the bodies of six people Thursday near the border town of Yayladagi, in Hatay province, following severe flooding.

Russia – Floods have left two people dead and two others injured along with one missing in the Tuapse district of the Krasnodar Region, parts of which were hammered by severe storms.

Kenya – A nightlong downpour has flooded parts of Mombasa city, causing huge traffic snarl-ups. The heavy rains, which started on Wednesday night, have caused flooding and poor visibility. Motorists struggled to steer vehicles through flooded roads on Thursday morning. Some residents had to wade through flooded sections of the roads.

Island Vanishes

One of the most powerful Pacific hurricanes on record obliterated a remote Hawaiian island, causing an important turtle nesting site to disappear in early October.

Former Category-5 Hurricane Walaka was still packing Category-3 force just before it struck the remote French Frigate Shoals, about 400 miles northwest of the main Hawaiian Island of Kauai.

Storm surge wiped out East Island, which is a critical habitat for green sea turtles, monk seals and various types of sea birds.

University of Hawaii researchers who were studying the wildlife were forced to evacuate the island before Walaka struck.

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