Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.6 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.5 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the southeast Indian ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Scotland – Edinburgh and Stirling have been hit with flash flooding. Heavy rain led to disruption in the west of the capital across Bankhead, Clermiston and Corstorphine. Tram services were temporarily shut down in some areas as flood water covered tracks. After soaking the capital, heavy rain made its way to Stirling, prompting warnings from police and Stirling Council about flash floods.

Uganda – The landslides in Bududa District were triggered by a heavy and continuous downpour experienced from the night of 4th June, 2019 until the morning of 5th June, 2019. The landslides hit several sub-counties with most affected being Buwali and Bukalasi/Bundesi, Bumayoka and parts of Bubiita in the lower stream being affected by flash floods. As a direct consequence of these heavy rains, a total of four (4) major landslides occurred in Bududa: one in Bumayoka subcounty, one in Bukalasi/ Bundesi and two in Buwali. The landslides caused six (6) deaths, and injuries to 27 persons.

Wildlife

Zimbabwe ready to sell elephants to ‘anyone who wants wildlife’

Zimbabwe plans to sell elephants to Angola and is prepared to ship wild animals to any other interested countries as the southern African nation seeks to reduce its elephant population due to growing conflict between people and wildlife.

“We have no predetermined market for elephant sales, we are open to everyone who wants our wildlife,” tourism minister Prisca Mupfumira said in an interview on the sidelines of a wildlife summit in Victoria Falls. “`the country has ‘excess’ of 30,000 of the animals.”

“The main problem is landmines in Angola, so we are trying to assist them by having a fund to deal with those before we send the animals.”

Environment

Massive Freshwater Sea Is Buried Beneath the Atlantic Ocean

A gigantic freshwater aquifer is hiding under the salty Atlantic Ocean, just off the northeastern coast of the United States, a new study finds.

While the aquifer’s exact size is still a mystery, it may be the largest of its kind, taking up a region stretching from at least Massachusetts to southern New Jersey, or nearly 220 miles (350 kilometers). The area includes the coastlines of New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. This aquifer may contain about 670 cubic miles (2,800 cubic kilometers) of slightly salty water (from slight mixing with sea water over time).

This water isn’t young, either. The researchers said they suspect that much of it is from the last ice age.

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Disease

Cholera, Malaria – Mozambique

In a follow-up on the infectious disease situation in Mozambique since cyclone Idai struck some 100 days ago, government officials report on the latest on the cholera and malaria outbreaks.

No cholera cases have been reported since May 30. The last case was reported in Nhamatanda district. A cumulative 6,768 cases and 8 deaths (CFR 0.1%) have been reported since the outbreak was declared on Mar 27, 2019.

Concerning malaria, a cumulative 59,173 malaria cases had been reported in Sofala province since Mar 27, officials report.

Measles – USA

Thirty-three new measles cases were recorded in the United States last week, most of them in New York, federal health officials said on Monday, bringing the number of confirmed cases this year to 1,077 in the worst U.S. outbreak of the virus since 1992.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.3 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

6.1 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.9 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.6 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

Two 5.3 earthquakes hit Papua, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.2 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

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

5.1 earthquake hits Veracruz, Mexico.

5.1 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

Two 5,0 earthquakes hit Papua Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

China – Rain-triggered floods killed three people and left three missing in southwest China’s Guizhou Province as of 4 p.m. Sunday. The heavy downpours that started Friday have caused floods in 17 counties and districts of Guizhou, affecting a total of about 455,700 residents, according to local emergency management authorities.

Turkey – Another body was discovered yesterday, five days after severe floods hit a town in the Black Sea province of Trabzon, bringing the death toll to eight. Search and rescue crews are still searching for two people missing after the disaster in Araklı town. The Çamlıktepe and Yeşilyurt neighborhoods of Trabzon were inundated by flash floods after heavy rainfall on June 18. It also triggered landslides in the neighborhoods where a river overflowed its banks.

Global Warming

Trump Hides Studies Proving Effects of Climate Change

The Trump administration has refused to publicize dozens of studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that conclude climate change is having negative effects on everything from rice production to allergies, a Politico investigation revealed. The studies in question looked at the effects of rising carbon dioxide, increasing temperatures, and volatile weather. The investigation revealed the Trump administration would not share findings that show the potential dangers and consequences of climate change.

Nature – Images

Interesting Images

Against the star-spattered backdrop of the night sky in Russia, glowing green lights of a spectacular aurora rise in the shape of a giant firebird, its wings spread over an abandoned military power station.

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Disease

Ebola – DR Congo – Update 

More than 1,500 people have died in a nearly 10-month-old outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the health ministry said Monday. As of Sunday, 1,506 people have died out of 2,239 recorded cases, it said.

Earlier this month, the virus claimed two lives in neighbouring Uganda among a family who had travelled to the DRC.

Nearly 141,000 people have been vaccinated in the affected eastern DRC provinces of Ituri and North Kivu, the epicentre of the outbreak.

Nipah Virus – India

In a follow-up on the human Nipah virus case in Ernakulum district of Kerala state, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan reported that out of 36 Pteropus species bats tested for Nipah, 12 (33 per cent) were found to be positive for anti-Nipah bat IgG antibodies and are believed to be the source of the human cases.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits northern California.

5.6 earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.4 earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon.

5.3 earthquake hits eastern Sichuan, China.

5.3 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon.

5.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Indonesia – Floods and landslides in Indonesia’s Southeast Sulawesi province have triggered more residents to flee their houses, a disaster agency official said on Sunday. According to the agency, 9,609 people have been taking shelter on higher grounds.

UK – There is a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms in place for almost the whole of the UK on Sunday and Monday as heavy rains and flash floods are expected.

USA – Flash floods hit Des Moines metro with numerous roads underwater forcing pedestrians to wade through knee deep water.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

One of the largest fires in Arizona continues to burn as more than 700 homes have now been evacuated. The Woodbury Fire began on June 8 in the Tonto National Forest near Roosevelt Lake and has since forced the evacuation of about 700 homes as the human-caused wildfire has grown to more than 100 square miles.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

South Africa – Heavy rains and driving winds forced the evacuation of a Cape Town building which sustained structural damage and left several suburbs without power. Numerous trees were also uprooted, some falling onto parked cars. City council disaster officials and firefighters evacuated as many as 1,000 people from the building in Kruskal Avenue in Bellville after it was damaged by the storm.

USA – Potent thunderstorms have been blamed for one death and left hundreds of thousands of people without power across the southern United States — and fierce winds walloped parts of several states as new storms formed Thursday. Fallen trees ripped down power lines and crashed into buildings along a line from Texas to Alabama overnight and into Thursday morning. Similar damage continued later in the day in parts of Georgia, the Carolinas and southeast Virginia. In Ohio, heavy rains led to landslides and flooded highways.