Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

Initial reports one fatality and at least 18 injuries. The quake sent panicked residents dashing for the streets.

5.6 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

Reports of nine injuries with dozens of houses damaged.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits Luzon in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the coast of Nicaragua.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

4.9 Earthquake hits Eilat, Israel.

Storms and Floods

Deadly USA Storm Damage Update

Three tornadoes touched down near Oklahoma City, killing nine, injuring at least 71, and causing widespread destruction. Huge hail up to baseball-sized battered portions the the metro area, accompanied by torrential flooding rains, widespread damaging straight-line winds, and lightning that flashed nearly continuously. The strongest tornado, which touched down west of Oklahoma City in El Reno, has been preliminarily rated an EF-3 with 136 – 165 mph winds. The tornado warning for the storm was issued 19 minutes before it touched down. Two other EF-3 tornadoes touched down near St. Louis, Missouri.

Elreno tornado

The tornadoes have killed at least 14 people, as flooding hampered cleanup efforts in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office announced nine fatalities in the state and said five of the victims had not been identified, while the sheriffs’ offices in towns east of Oklahoma City confirmed two other people had died. In Missouri, authorities said three people died from severe flooding in the wake of the storms. Streets turned into rivers, with stranded cars submerged in water as high as their door handles in some places. A massive sink hole off a major road developed due to the deluge, halting traffic.

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Flooding in Germany.

Water levels on German’s Rhine, Danube and Neckar rivers are rising steadily after unusually heavy rain, with many smaller streams also threatening to break their banks.

Meteorologists predict a continued steady downpour of rain over the coming days.

Space Events

Geomagnetic Storm

Earth’s magnetic field was calming down on June 1st following nearly 15 hours of non-stop geomagnetic storming. The storminess was caused by the arrival of an interplanetary shock wave on May 31st (1618 UT). The source of the shock is unknown.

Current speculation focuses on a corotating interaction region (CIR) — a shock-like transition zone between high- and low-speed solar wind streams. Whatever it was, the impact ignited some beautiful auroras. More storms could be in the offing tonight as the solar wind continues to blow faster than 600 km/s.

Last night, Northern Lights spilled across the Canadian border into more than a dozen US states, turning the sky purple and green as far south as Colorado and Nebraska.

Disease

Novel Coronavirus – Saudi Arabia – Update

Saudi Arabian officials say three more people have died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the total number of deaths in the kingdom to 24.