Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Cimaron

Tropical storm Cimaron was located approximately 174 nm eastward of Hong Kong.

NewsBytes:

Severe weather with strong winds have downed trees across parts of South Australia. More than 28,000 homes and businesses in South Australia have lost power in high winds.

Flooding in Laghman province in Afghanistan has injured at least two people after two hours continuous rainfall damaged dozens of homes.

About 500 lightning strikes in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho overnight. Several small wildfires were reported from the dry lightning.

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Space Events

New Moon Discovered – Neptune

A never-before-seen moon has been spotted in orbit around Neptune. A scientist using NASA and the European Space Agency’s Hubble Space Telescope found the tiny moon — called S/2004 N 1.

The newly discovered satellite is Neptune’s smallest known moon and is just 12 miles (19 kilometers) wide.

Neptune satellites ring arcs

Environment

Heatwave in England

Health warnings have been issued as heatwave conditions are reached in London and the South East. The Met Office issued a “Level 3” warning on the hottest day of the year, with temperatures hitting 32C (89.6F) at Northolt, west London. Level 3 is one notch below the most serious warning in the Met Office’s heat-health watch system. The warning alerts healthcare services to help those in high-risk groups such as the elderly and young children.

Two similar heatwave warnings were issued last week in Yorkshire and the Humber, and in south-west England after road surfaces melted and tracks buckled in the heat.

Doctors in Wales say the number of people suffering sunstroke, sunburn and heatwave-related injuries is stretching hospital emergency departments. In north-east England it was 28C, in Wales 30C and in London 32C. The night-time trigger temperatures vary from 15C to 18C.

Wildfires

Wildfires USA

California

The fast-growing wildfire in the mountains of Southern California forced the evacuation on Wednesday of the popular resort community of Idyllwild after flames engulfed seven homes and numerous other buildings.

By late Wednesday, the fire had charred more than 19,000 acres (7,700 hectares) of drought-parched chaparral and timber, much of it in steep, remote wilderness terrain inside the San Bernardino National Forest. That was more than double the acreage reported burned a day earlier by the so-called Mountain Fire.

With nearly 3,000 firefighters, 17 water-dropping helicopters and 10 air tankers assigned to it, the blaze ranked as one of the most severe of some 16 large, wildfires that crews were battling to contain in several western states. As of Wednesday evening, firefighters had managed to carve containment lines around 15 percent of its perimeter.

Roughly 100 homes in a handful of small communities near Idyllwild and Palm Springs were ordered evacuated during the first two days of the blaze and early on Wednesday. Evacuation orders were expanded Wednesday evening to Idyllwild itself, along with part of the adjacent, smaller community of Fern Valley and all parks and campgrounds in the vicinity.

No injuries have been reported, but authorities say seven residences, including three mobile homes, have been destroyed, along with one commercial structure, more than a dozen outbuildings and several vehicles.

Disease

Novel Coronavirus – Saudi Arabia – Update

An Emergency Committee convened by WHO’s Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) to assess the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – coronavirus (MERS-CoV) situation today unanimously decided that conditions for a public health emergency of international concern have not yet been met.

Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak in Milwaukee Co, USA

Health officials are investigating an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that has sickened 20 people in Milwaukee County.

No deaths have been reported. But four of the Milwaukee patients are still hospitalized.

The disease takes its name from an outbreak at a Philadelphia convention of the American Legion in 1976. Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by a bacterium known as legionella. The disease does not spread person to person. People get sick by inhaling the bacterium.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Reventador (Ecuador): The IG reported that in the last few days, increased seismic activity indicative of increased eruptions has been noticed at the volcano. Seismic data also indicated the presence of a lava flow travelling down the SW slope of Reventador’s intracaldera cone.

Nyamuragira volcano (DRCongo) activity update: steaming/degassing from pit inside summit caldera. Recent NASA satellite images from 11 June 2013 show a thick steam and gas plume rising from a pit crater in the summit caldera of Nyamuragira volcano. No evidence of lava close to the surface was found, while the lava lake in neighboring Nyiragongo remains well active and visible on the same images. Nyamuragira’s plume was rich in water vapor — which condenses rapidly in the humid tropical air — and sulfur dioxide, which lends a blue tint in natural-color satellite imagery. Carbon dioxide, fluorine, and chlorine gas are also found in Nyamuragira lavas and likely present in the gas plume. Located near the eastern boundary of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nyamuragira is one of Africa’s most active volcanoes. If degassing magma was near the surface, then the intense heat would cause a bright red glow in shortwave infrared light. No such glow is visible atop Nyamuragira, but it is present on neighboring Nyiragongo Volcano, which has featured a lava lake for more than a decade.