Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.7 Earthquake hits the Lake Albert region, Congo.
5.4 Earthquake hits the north Pacific Ocean.
5.3 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands off New Zealand.
5.2 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands off New Zealand.
5.2 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.
5.2 Earthquake hits the Lake Albert region, Uganda.
5.0 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.
Floods in Assam, India.
The flood situation in Assam continued to remain critical today with nearly 300 villages under water, affecting over 75,000 people across nine districts.
Wildfires – USA
Crews hoped to declare a 5,200-acre wildfire in Millard County’s Cove Fort area 100 percent contained by Wednesday night, but elsewhere in the state firefighters were scrambling to hem in other lightning-sparked blazes.
Eastern Oregon wildfires burn 40,000 acres. Firefighters in Eastern Oregon battled hot, dry conditions Tuesday as they coped with three new fires triggered by lightning.
Campers at Owyhee Dam were evacuated Monday night as a precaution.
Two other fires broke out farther south in Malheur County as lightning lit up the sky in a wide area of southeastern Oregon.
Firefighters remained busy Tuesday as acreage burned by wildfires across Alaska crept closer to the million-acre mark.
Growth of the Stuart Creek 2 Fire north of Eielson Air Force Base drew most of the attention in the Fairbanks area, as other nearby fires were either growing slowly or contained.
The Skinny’s Road Fire, which started June 25 north of the Parks Highway 25 miles southeast of Fairbanks, remained about 1,660 acres Tuesday evening. About 400 firefighters were working on the fire Tuesday evening. Occasional flames were still rising inside the fire boundaries.
The Dean Peak Fire has burned nearly seven square miles since first being reported on Saturday June 29 at 3:30 p.m. Located 10 miles southeast of Kingman, Ariz., as of Wednesday afternoon the fire had already burned through 4,400 acres of steep, rugged Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, and is being fueled by dried brush, pinyon, juniper and ponderosa pine. Fire officials say the area is very dry.
Dengue Fever Outbreak in Central America
The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has issued a dengue fever epidemic alert for the member states of Central America and Dominican Republic Subregion, which include Mexico and the Caribbean, as these countries enter the rainy season.
Outbreaks of the mosquito borne viral disease have been reported from throughout the Americas to include Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Paraguay and the Dominican Republic. In Peru, cases were reported where there had previously not been locally acquired dengue cases.
Swine Flu in South Africa – Nothing to Worry About!
There is no outbreak of the H1N1 virus also known as swine flu in South Africa, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) assured on Wednesday despite at least 20 people having been diagnosed with the flu over the last few weeks.
At least one person died from the virus.
The NICD’s Barry Schoub says there is nothing unusual about people being diagnosed with this flu. “It’s a normal flu we get every winter.”
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:
Etna (Sicily, Italy): A small swarm of earthquakes has occurred yesterday under the volcano’s eastern flank near the town of Milo. INGV Catania has recorded several quakes around magnitude 0.7-1.3 at depths between 5-9 km.
Pavlov (Alaska Peninsula, USA): Over the past two days, the eruptive activity at Pavlof has greatly declined and AVO reduced the Aviation Colour Code back to Yellow and the Volcano Alert Level to Advisory. Seismic tremor and small discrete explosions are no longer detected in seismic and pressure sensor data. Satellite observations show no evidence of elevated surface temperatures, volcanic gas, or ash emissions. There have been no visual observations from pilots or from webcam images of any eruptive activity since June 26.