Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits near the north coast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 Earthquake hits Alaska.

5.2 Earthquake hits Sabah, Malaysia.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Andaman Islands off India.

5.1 Earthquake hits Mindoro in the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits New Britain, papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits Sumbawa, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical Storm Carlos is located about 145 mi…235 km S of Acapulco Mexico and about 260 mi…415 km SSE of Lazaro Cardenas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 2 mph…4 km/h. Hazards affecting land – wind: tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area by Saturday night. Rainfall: locally heavy rains could spread over portions of the southern coast of Mexico, primarily in the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero, during the next couple of days. Surf: swells associated with the depression are expected to increase near the coast of southern Mexico during the next few days. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

NewsBytes:

Ghana – Flooding after torrential rainfall in Bunkpurugu district, Ghana has claimed the lives of three people.

Colombia – A rain-triggered landslide in south-western Colombia has left at least five people missing. The landslide hit the La Chivera region in the Cauca department of Colombia. Tons of stones and mud covered the highway between the towns of Jambalo and Toribio.

Global Warming

Polar bears eat dolphins as Arctic warms

Norwegian scientists have seen polar bears eating dolphins in the Arctic for the first time ever and blame global warming for the bears expanding their diet.

Polar bears feed mainly on seals but Jon Aars at the Norwegian Polar Institute has photographed dolphins being devoured by a bear and published his findings in the latest edition of Polar Research this month.

“It is likely that new species are appearing in the diet of polar bears due to climate change because new species are finding their way north,” he told AFP.

The first incident he documented was in April 2014 when his team came across a polar feeding on the carcasses of two white-beaked dolphins.

Although dolphins are regularly seen in the Norwegian Arctic in the summer months when the ice has melted, they have never been observed during winter or spring when the sea is usually still covered in sheets of ice.

But Norwegian scientists have reported a strong retreat of ice and two nearly ice-free winters in recent years which they said could have attracted the dolphins further north, where they probably became trapped by the sudden arrival of dense ice blown into a fjord by strong northerly winds.

Aars said the bear he photographed had probably caught the two dolphins when they surfaced to breathe through a tiny hole in the ice.

Sitting at the top of the Arctic food chain, polar bears are opportunistic predators that are also known to feed on small whales if the opportunity arises.

Disease

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

Between 8 and 12 June 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of 62 additional confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), including 6 deaths. To date, a total of 126 MERS-CoV cases, including 11 deaths, have been reported.

Measles – Chile

On 10 June 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Chile notified WHO of 5 cases of measles infection.