Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.7 Earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

Tropical storm Cosme was located about 495 mi (795 km) WSW of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Large swells generated by Cosme are affecting portions of the Pacific coast of Mexico from near Acapulco to Los Mochis and the southern Baja California peninsula.

Other News:

Torrential rains slammed Illinois and other Midwest states on Wednesday, triggering flash flood warnings and causing flight cancellations, commuter train delays and road closings. Up to 5 inches of rain fell in some places and the National Weather Service warned residents in the region to brace for more downpours and possibly severe thunderstorms Wednesday night.

Landslide in Kalikot district in Nepal has claimed the lives of two people and injured one other. Another landslide at Sawadin VDC-7 in Taplejung district has claimed the life of one person.

Thousands of people have been evacuated in Paraguay after heavy rains caused flooding and the overflowing of the Parana River which rose to 6 metres above normal levels.

Heavy rainfall battered southwestern Manitoba in Canada Tuesday night and into Wednesday, with some areas seeing flash-flooding for the second time since the weekend. Parts of Brandon saw flash-flooding in streets with power outages.


El Niño, La Niña unlikely to make an appearance in 2013

The Pacific Ocean is unlikely to see either a warming El Nino climate phenomenon or its cooling La Nina opposite number through the end of the year, the UN’s weather agency said Wednesday.


Uttarakhand floods: Epidemic Looms

The fear of an epidemic outbreak in flood-ravaged areas of Uttarakhand, northern India may be turning into reality as hundreds of people from local villages reported to medical camps set up by the relief forces complaining of fever, diarrhoea and vomiting.


Colorado and New Mexico Wildfires – Update

The massive wildfire burning in southwestern Colorado is finally slowing down a bit. The West Fork fire complex was burning on 127 square miles on Wednesday, 3 square miles more than the day before, thanks to diminished winds.

A furious wildfire torching through the mountains of Southern New Mexico’s Gila National Forest has grown to 127 square miles, forcing some ranchers to ship their cattle out of state as the blaze burns through entire grazing areas.

The Silver Fire was still about 5 miles west of the nearest community, but it has left ranchers in this drought-stricken corner of the state with few choices for feeding their cattle. State agriculture officials said the combination of drought and fire has forced some ranchers to ship what remaining cattle they have to other areas, including South Texas.

Wildfires Burning in Russian Far East

Some 49 forest fires broke out in the Russian Far East on Wednesday. There were 42 fires in Yakutia, five in the Amur region, one in Kamchatka and one in the Khabarovsk territory.

Ten wildfires were put out in Yakutia.

There remain 39 forest fires in the Russian Far East now.

More than 1,600 firemen, almost 80 fire trucks, eight planes and seven helicopters are putting out the blazes.

The Far Eastern Federal District has reported 816 forest fires of a total area exceeding 346,600 hectares in the 2013 wildfire season.


An aerial view of Popocatepetl volcano spewing a column of smoke and ash 4,921 ft (1500 meters) high into the sky, in the outskirts of Puebla is seen in this June 25, 2013 picture provided by Mexico’s National Disaster Prevention Center (CENAPRED) made available to Reuters on June 26, 2013.

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The eruption at Pavlof Volcano, on the Alaska Peninsula, has picked up again disrupting local flights. The volcano is spewing ash to 28,000-feet (8,500 meters), the highest it’s reached since the unrest started in early May. That’s not high enough to interfere with international air traffic. The volcano has been spewing ash and lava for the past six weeks.