Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits Samar in the Philippines.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits Vancouver Island, Canada.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Myanmar-India border.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits northwest Kashmir.

5.0 Earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

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

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Malaysia – A sudden but severe flash flood struck Kajang in Kuala Lumpur Saturday afternoon, but waters subsided as rapidly as they appeared. In more floods, at least four people drowned in floods that hit north-eastern Malaysia during the past three days and more than 25,000 people have fled to evacuation centres, welfare and rescue officials said Saturday.

Indonesia – Around 15,000 homes in Bandung regency, West Java, were inundated following heavy rain over the past few days, while more floods and bad weather are expected throughout the archipelago in the coming week.

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Wildlife

Mass Turtle Strandings on Cape Cod

Wildlife rescue volunteers in Cape Cod have become overwhelmed during the past month by the nearly 1,200 stranded sea turtles that lingered too long this fall in the cooling waters of the North Atlantic.

Nearly all were young Kemp’s Ridley turtles, the most endangered turtle species, and were in a state of shock from exposure to the cold.

“Cold-stunning events are really hard things to explain,” Oregon State University biologist Selina Heppell told The New York Times.

“They are caused by local conditions, such as sharp changes in temperature, but the role of currents and turtle behavior and condition prior to the events are not well understood.”

Once rescued, the turtles were taken to the Wellfleet Audubon Society and the New England Aquarium for further treatment.

Many have since been driven or airlifted to other aquariums as far away as Texas for safekeeping until they are healthy enough to be released.

Disease

Chikungunya Outbreak In Americas

Chikungunya virus is similar to Dengue fever but can cause severe and debilitating joint pains that can last for months. It infected more than one million people and killed 155 since it started to spread in the Americas last year.

The name of this disease means “bending over in pain” as characterised by its hallmark wherein the patients infected with the virus will manifest symptoms of severe body and joint pains that can last from weeks to months.

The disease is not new for people in Central America because it has long been diagnosed in travellers returning from countries in Asia and Africa. However, exactly a year ago, the outbreak started in the Caribbean Islands and has spread to neighbouring countries. In fact, it is the first ever outbreak in the western hemisphere as confirmed by health officials.

Based on the latest data, all countries in Central America have reported cases of the disease. United States have reported a total of 11 confirmed cases of local infection this year.

Listeria – Caramel Apples

Caramel apples are responsible for a listeria outbreak that has already cost the lives of at least four people around the United States.

Listeria from commercially-prepared caramel apples has been diagnosed in 28 patients, living in 10 different states. Five people have died, so far, after being hospitalized with listeria infections, and the disease contributed to at least four of the fatalities.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Kilauea (Hawai’i): The June 27th lava flow continues to advance slowly, at a rate of approx. 100 m per day. The active northern flow front was approx. 800 m from the west edge of the Pahoa Marketplace and about 1 km from Highway 130, measured in a straight line.