Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits Myanmar.

5.0 Earthquake hits Myanmar.

5.0 Earthquake hits Myanmar.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Eastern Pacific:

Hurricane Henriette is located about 980 mi (1580 km) E of Hilo, Hawaii. A small-sized storm, Henriette is expected to become a tropical storm by Friday night or early Saturday.

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical depression Eleven is located approximately 362 nm northward of Koror, Palau.

Deadly floods hit central US

Up to three people have died in flash floods that have sparked alerts in several US states.A child was killed and his mother is presumed dead after their car was swept away in Missouri, which has suffered the worst of the deluge. Another woman died as her car drove over a bridge in rapidly rising waters in the same state. Flash flood warnings are also in place in parts of Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee. More heavy rains are forecast into the weekend.

Nashville residents took to their roofs to avoid the rising water. The rains turned a normally placid creek into “a Class V whitewater river”. Some 15 inches (38cm) of rain was recorded in a 48-hour period near Waynesville. At least 100 homes and businesses in Hollister, Missouri, were damaged when a creek flooded. Scores of people were evacuated, some of whom had to be rescued by boat.

The Interstate 44 motorway in central Missouri reopened on Thursday after floodwaters receded, but many other roads remained inundated in the south of the state. In Nashville, Tennessee, firefighters had to wade through waist-deep floodwaters to rescue residents of one apartment building, after up to 8in of rain fell in a few hours. Arkansas saw about 10in of rain fall in Benton County, while parts of Kansas and Oklahoma saw 6 inches of rain.

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Other News:

At least eight people including two children have drowned when boat capsized in floodwaters in Pakistan.


Hundreds Flee Banning, California Wildfire

Fire officials said about a dozen structures have been damaged or destroyed. About 1,500 people have been forced to flee their homes in southern California as the wildfire rages out of control.

Two firefighters and a civilian have been injured since the fire started on Wednesday near the city of Banning. The rapidly spreading blaze covered about 10,000 acres (4,047 ha) and was uncontained on Thursday morning. Fire officials said 15 structures had been damaged and aerial news footage showed several houses burning. The injured civilian suffered severe burns.

The fire, first reported early on Wednesday afternoon, exploded in size as winds fanned the flames across the dry ground. Some fleeing residents were forced to “shelter in place” as the moving fire cut off escape paths. About 1,000 firefighters were on the scene and were supported by six air tankers and 13 helicopters.

Southern California fires today Silver fire photo

Forest Fire on Sardinia

A forest fire on the island of Sardinia, Italy has injured at least four people.

A farmer was burned while trying to rescue his livestock near Oristano. Another three, including a firefighter were hospitalized due to burns or smoke inhalation.

At least 2,000 hectares of vegetation have been burned causing the evacuation of around 100 people.

Sardinia Italy forest fire photo natural calamities


Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 117.0 degrees Fahrenheit (47.2 degrees Celsius) at Death Valley, California, USA.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 80.1 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 62.3 degrees Celsius) at Russia’s Vostok Antarctic research station.

Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.

Space Events

Newly Discovered Asteroid Passes Close By the Earth

Asteroid 2013 PS13, newly discovered and 13 meters wide, passed by earth today at one-half the distance to the moon.


Novel Coronavirus – Saudi Arabia – Update

Researchers who conducted blood tests on animals from different regions found evidence that camels have been exposed to the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) or a very close relative, the outbreak’s first strong clue about a possible animal reservoir.

The first MERS-CoV illness was reported a year ago, and so far 94 cases and 46 deaths have been confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), all of them from or linked to Middle Eastern countries.

Human-to-human infections have been rare, and health officials suspect that an animal reservoir could be playing a yet unknown key role in the spread of the new virus.

Camel closeup


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Kizimen (Kamchatka): KVERT reports continuing growth of the lava dome, accompanied by hot avalanches and strong degassing.

Tolbachik (Kamchatka): Activity has remained stable during the past week. Lava continues to be erupted from the fissure vent on the south side of Tolbachik Dol, feeding two flow fields to the west and south.

Rabaul (Tavurvur) (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): Weak to moderate eruptive activity continues, characterized by frequent explosions and ash emissions from the Tavurvur cone: RVO reported that during 22-31 July low-level activity consisted of discrete emissions of pale gray ash plumes occurring at short intervals. Some emissions were explosive and generated plumes that rose 2 km above the crater. Plumes drifted E, NE, N, NW, W, and SW, and deposited minor amounts of fine white and gray ash in areas downwind mainly between Namanula and Malaguna No. 1 (with Rabaul Town, 3-5 km NW, in between), and to a lesser extent between the Vulcan area and Malaguna No. 2. Roaring and rumbling noises also continued, often in conjunction with explosions.

Manam (Papua New Guinea): RVO reported that activity at Manam’s Southern and Main craters remained low during 22-31 July; observers noted white vapour plumes rising from the craters during periods of clear weather. Considerable amounts of blue vapour rose from Southern Crater during 25-26 July. Deep and low booming noises were heard on the island on most days since 24 July, however, on 30 July a loud explosion was heard in Bogia, 25-30 km SSW of Manam on the N coast of the mainland. Seismicity fluctuated but remained high.

Veniaminof (Alaska Peninsula, USA): Seismic activity remains above background levels and is characterized by intermittent bursts of tremor. Clouds obscured observations of the volcano in satellite and web camera images, so it is unclear whether low-level eruptive activity is continuing. (AVO)