Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 Earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

5.0 Earthquake hits Greece.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Galapagos Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Carlsberg ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Post Tropical Cyclone Blanca is located about 160 mi…260 km NW of Santa Rosalia Mexico with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…N or 350 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Hazards affecting land: rainfall: the Post-tropical low could still produce additional rainfall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches over parts of the central and northern Baja California peninsula. Light to moderate rainfall amounts associated with this low will also begin to increase over portions of the southwestern United States through Tuesday.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 01a (Ashobaa), located approximately 290 nm south-southwest of Karachi, Pakistan, is tracking west-northwestward at 08 knots

Invest 94E in the eastern Pacific remains an area of disturbed weather which has the potential for tropical development.

NewsBytes:

Switzerland – A woman and her daughter died as rain storms triggered flash flooding in Canton of Lucerne. A mudslide cut the road linking Thun and Interlaken in the canton of Bern. Another landslide disrupted rail traffic between Birmensdorf and Zurich Altstetten. Around 80,000 lightning strikes hit Central Switzerland to Zurich from Sunday to Monday, whereas the Weather Service records 200,000 to 500,000 lightning strikes each year in Switzerland.

Tennessee, USA – Flash flooding, hail and serious lightning strikes plagued Middle Tennessee as severe thunderstorms made their way across the region. Heavy rain and hail started falling early Monday afternoon in several counties, including Robertson and Cheatham. Sizes varied but some were as big as quarters and ping pong balls. Flash flooding began to occur across Davidson County as low-lying roadways were inundated with heavy rain. Numerous cars were stranded by the floodwaters.

Global Warming

G-7 aims to limit global warming to 2 degrees

The leaders of seven of the world’s richest countries pledged Monday to work to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.

The ambitious goal matches a level that scientists have agreed upon in recent years, saying it would prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate change.

It was part of a declaration from the leaders of the United States, Germany, France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan and Italy — known as the Group of 7 or G-7 — after a meeting in southern Germany.

The leaders set out their target for the United Nations’ conference in Paris this December, where they intend to work on a global climate pact.

“The agreement should enhance transparency and accountability including through binding rules at its core to track progress towards achieving targets, which should promote increased ambition over time,” the G-7 declaration says.

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Disease

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Update

On 6 June 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of 9 additional confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

On 7 June 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of 14 additional confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), including 1 death.

Worst U.S. bird flu outbreak in history expands to Michigan

Michigan on Monday said Canadian geese in the state tested positive for a lethal strain of bird flu, bringing the worst outbreak of the disease in U.S. history to a 21st state.

Three young geese collected in Sterling Heights, Michigan, about 20 miles (30 km) north of Detroit, were infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 flu strain, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Nationwide, more than 46 million chickens and turkeys have been killed by the disease or culled to prevent its spread. Most are in Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, and Minnesota, the nation’s top turkey-producing state.

Michigan is the 21st state to confirm a case of bird flu since late 2014 and the sixth to detect it only in wild or free-ranging bids, according to the department. Fifteen states have found the virus in poultry flocks.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Alaska

After a winter marked by little snow and warmer temperatures, fire crews in Alaska are tackling two large wildfires burning on mostly treeless tundra in the southwest part of the state.

Weekend rain helped tamp down the lightning-caused fires that, through Monday, have burned 63 square miles in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

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Wildfires – Canada

Smoke from wildfires have forced more than 700 people from their homes across northern Saskatchewan. Many of the evacuees are staying with friends and family in Prince Albert or Saskatoon, a Social Services spokesperson says.

The largest fire is south of La Loche and fire crews have yet to contain it. There are about dour dozen active blazes in the area. One-third of the fires started by lightning over the weekend have been contained.