Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.5 Earthquake hits the Gulf of California.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties and no tsunami warning was issued.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Negros-Cebu region in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits Leyte in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical Storm Raymond has formed in the Pacific south of Mexico.

Raymond had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) early Sunday and was located about 185 miles (300 kms) south-southwest of Acapulco, Mexico. It was moving toward the northwest near 7 mph (11 kph).

Forecasters say Raymond is expected to slowly approach the southern coast of Mexico late Monday or Tuesday and then begin to meander. Raymond is expected to become a hurricane in the coming 48 hours.

Forecasters warn heavy rainfall is possible along the south-central Mexican coast in coming days and could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. A tropical storm watch is in effect from Acapulco to Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Firefighters battling some of the most destructive wildfires to ever strike Australia’s most populous state were focusing on a major blaze Sunday near the town of Lithgow that stretched along a 300-kilometre front.

Authorities warned that high temperatures and winds were likely to maintain heightened fire danger for days in New South Wales state.

The fires have killed one man, destroyed 208 homes and damaged another 122 since Thursday, the Rural Fire Service said.

Firefighters have taken advantage of milder conditions in recent days to reduce the number of fires threatening towns around Sydney from more than 100 on Thursday night to 61 on Sunday, Rural Fire Service spokesman Matt Sun said.

Fifteen of these fires continued to burn out of control, including the blaze near Lithgow, west of Sydney, which was given the highest danger ranking by the fire service. Authorities expect that blaze will continue to burn for days and have advised several nearby communities to consider evacuating ahead of worsening weather conditions.