Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 Earthquake hits southern Peru.

5.7 Earthquake hits the south Shetland Islands.

5.5 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.3 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the south coast of Papua, Indonesia.

Wildfires

Wildfires USA

California

A wildfire in mountains west of Palm Springs burned seven homes and led to the evacuation of dozens more. Several vehicles were also burned.

The wildfire started Monday between Palm Springs and Hemet, near the rural Riverside County community of Mountain Centre, and a day later had surged to about 14 square miles.

More than 2,200 firefighters and 25 aircraft had the blaze 10 percent contained.

It was mostly moving east toward the desert and away from small communities of homes, summer cabins and ranches in the San Jacinto mountains. But a shift in the wind could easily sweep it back toward homes.

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Washington State

Fire crews are working to contain a wildfires near Lyle and Okanogan, Washington.

The B & O Fire, which is being pushed by gusty winds in north-central Washington., has burned across more than 3 square miles, or about 2,000 acres, between Okanogan and Malott, south of Omak.

The fire has closed some roads, including a 2-mile stretch of Highway 20 and B&O Road to the Methow Valley.

An official with the Okanogan County Emergency Management department says nearly 5,000 customers are without power because of burnt power lines. It is expected residents and business owners could be without power for more than 24 hours.

The Washington state Department of Natural Resources says two helicopters are dropping water on the fire, along with a single-engine air tanker. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Meanwhile Washington DNR says that one home was lost and a crew of 70 are working to contain an approximately 100 acre fire. The fire is currently 60 percent contained and was likely started by humans.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Cimaron

The Central Weather Bureau in Taiwan has issued a sea warning for Tropical Storm Cimaron, the eighth storm of the 2013 Pacific typhoon season, warning boats operating on the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines to be on alert.

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NewsBytes:

A landslide in a coal mine in Bulgaria has claimed lives of at least two people and left others two missing.

Floods have killed 26 people in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region this month.

Disease

CDC Travel Warnings

People planning to travel domestically or abroad are advised to take precautions against insect-borne and viral diseases after several cases of scrub typhus were reported in Taiwan, while Southeast Asia, Europe and England are experiencing outbreaks of dengue fever and measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) respectively, the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday.

The CDC said that as of Monday, there have been 147 confirmed cases of scrub typhus in Taiwan this year, one of which was fatal. Scrub typhus is endemic to tropical and subtropical regions and is transmitted through the bite of chiggers — scrub mite larvae — carrying the Orientia tsutsugamushi parasite.

The CDC added that while the mortality rate of the diseases is less than 5 percent if treated promptly, the probability can go up to 60 percent if the infected person fails to seek medical assistance.

For travellers going to Southeast Asia, the CDC warned them to be aware of the serious outbreak of mosquito-borne dengue fever currently afflicting the region. It said that the epidemic this year is so far proving to be a lot worse than those seen in the previous years.

The CDC also urged caution for those visiting Europe as the region is experiencing a rubella outbreak exacerbated by low vaccine coverage and England is suffering the largest measles outbreak of the past decade.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Kizimen (Kamchatka): Ash plumes were observed drifting 20 nautical miles NW from Batu Tara. On 15 – 16 July, small incandescent rock avalanches were noted from Kizimen. Lava Dome growth was at low levels.