Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits eastern Honshu, Japan.

5.6 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.4 Earthquake hits Martinique in the Windward islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits the central Mid-Atlantic ridge.

Two 5.0 Earthquakes hit the Gulf of California.

5.0 Earthquake hits east of the South Sandwich Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Hurricane Odile is located about 25 mi…40 km WNW of Santa Rosalia Mexico with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 340 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h

Hazards affecting land – wind…tropical storm conditions will spread northward over portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area through tonight. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the tropical storm watch area by this afternoon. It should be noted that wind speeds atop and on the windward sides of hills and mountains are often up to 30 percent stronger than indicated in this advisory…and in some elevated locations can be even greater. Storm surge…a storm surge could still produce significant coastal flooding in areas of onshore winds. Near the coast…the surge will be accompanied by large and damaging waves. Rainfall…Odile is expected to produce rainfall amounts of 6 to 12 inches with isolated maximum totals of around 18 inches across much of the Baja California peninsula…and over coastal portions of the Mexican state of Sonora during the next several days. These rains are likely to result in life-threatening flash floods and mud slides. Abundant moisture ahead of Odile will increase heavy rains and the threat for flash flooding for the southwestern United States over the next several days. Surf…swells from Odile will affect portions of the southwestern coast of Mexico during the next couple of days…and are affecting portions of the Baja California peninsula and the Gulf of California. These swells will likely cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Hurricane Edouard is located about 465 mi…750 km ESE of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…110 mph…175 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 340 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Typhoon Kalmaegi is located approximately 243 nm east of Hanoi, Vietnam, and is tracking west-northwestward at 12 knots.

The typhoon is bringing strong winds and heavy rainfall to southern China, prompting flight disruptions and evacuations. Typhoon Kalmaegi made landfall early Tuesday on the island of Hainan, China’s southernmost province. The official Xinhua news agency says at least 170 flights were canceled and 90,000 people evacuated from the island’s east coast.

Earlier, the typhoon passed just south of Hong Kong, packing wind gusts of up to 160 kilometres per hour. The storm delayed at least 500 flights at Hong Kong’s airport and forced the Hong Kong stock exchange to cancel morning trading. Trading later resumed when authorities downgraded the typhoon alert.

Kalmaegi swept through the Philippines on Sunday, causing landslides and flooding in some rural areas.

The storm is moving northwest and is expected to make landfall later Tuesday in Vietnam.

Tropical Storm Polo is located about 360 mi…580 km SSE of Acapulco Mexico with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Oregon

Two wildfires that started over the weekend were threatening scattered rural homes in western Oregon, where forests are critically dry and the weather has been hot.

A fire on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest about 15 miles west of Grants Pass grew to nearly 2,000 acres Monday. Bulldozer crews started building fire line on the northeastern flank to protect some scattered homes along the Rogue River in the Picket Creek area, where Josephine County has warned residents to be ready to leave, fire spokesman Scott Blower said. The fire had about five miles to go before reaching the first of the homes. More crews and equipment were dispatched to fight the fire, which was mapped overnight at 1,954 acres. The cause was under investigation, but there were no reports of lightning over the weekend, making it likely it was human-caused.

On the Mount Hood National Forest about 10 miles east of Estacada, a human-caused wildfire grew to nearly 2,500 acres, prompting the evacuation of about 20 residents of a recreational vehicle park, said spokeswoman Carol Connolly. The city of Estacada was not threatened, but residents of six homes near the fire were warned to start getting ready to leave.

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