Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.8 Earthquake hits East Timor.

5.4 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Sangihe, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kermedec islands off New Zealand.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Hurricane Carlos is located about 115 mi…185 km S of Manzanillo Mexico and about 140 mi…225 km WSW of Lazaro Cardenas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h. Hazards affecting land – wind: tropical storm conditions are expected within the Tropical Storm Warning area through Wednesday. Hurricane conditions are expected to begin within the Hurricane Warning area later today. Rainfall: Carlos is expected to produce heavy rains in the Mexican states of Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima, Jalisco, Nayarit, Durango, and Sinaloa with rainfall accumulations of 3 to 6 inches possible through Thursday morning. Isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches are also possible. These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides, especially in areas of higher terrain. Surf: swells associated with the depression are expected to increase near the coast of southern and southwestern Mexico during the next few days. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Tropical Storm Bill is located about 30 mi…45 km ESE of Port Oconnor Texas and about 105 mi…170 km SW of Galveston Texas with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…NW or 310 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Hazards affecting land: rainfall: Bill is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches over eastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma and 2 to 4 inches over western Arkansas and southern Missouri, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches in eastern Texas. Wind: tropical storm conditions are expected to reach the coast within the warning area within the next hour or two. Storm surge: the combination of a storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters. The water could reach the following heights above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide… Upper Texas coast…2 to 4 feet, western Louisiana coast…1 to 2 feet. Tornadoes: a few tornadoes will be possible across portions of eastern Texas and far western Louisiana today and tonight.

NewsBytes:

Nepal – A landslide in the Makwanpur district in Nepal has claimed the life of a 10-year-old girl.

Ivory Coast – Heavy rainfall continued across most of Ivory Coast’s main cocoa growing regions last week flooding plantations and raising concerns of possible disease outbreaks among the trees.

Disease

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

Between 9 and 12 June 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 3 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death.

On 15 June 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) notified WHO of 1 additional case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

On 12 June 2015, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of 15 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A (H7N9) virus, including 3 deaths.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Alaska

Two fast-spreading Alaska wildfires have forced a series of evacuations, destroyed up to 45 homes and forced authorities to restrict traffic on a major highway connecting two of the state’s largest cities, state officials said on Monday.

As many as 200 firefighters have been battling a 6,500-acre fire about 40 miles (64 km) north of Anchorage since Sunday afternoon.

About 137 miles (220km) south of Anchorage, crews are fighting a much smaller, but equally dangerous blaze that threatens nearly 200 homes.

Wildfires – Florida, USA

Fire fighters are battling several wildfires around Northeast Florida. The Florida Forest Service says 20 fires are burning in the region Monday.

Florida Forest Service Crews are battling a fire in St. Johns County that is growing. The blaze reignited around 5 p.m. Monday, as crews were monitoring a previous fire they had already contained in the area.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Asama (Honshu): A small eruption occurred at the volcano this morning around 9am local time. The Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) confirmed light ash fall occurred in 4 km north of the volcano. A short phase of increased seismic activity preceded and accompanied the explosion. According to a news article, JMA scientists think that today’s explosion will likely be followed by similar ones in the near future, but not lead to a larger scale eruption. There are no clear signs (such as deformation) of a major body of fresh magma is rising under the volcano. In that case, a possible scenario is that the eruption this morning is mostly phreatic in origin, i.e. driven by overheated ground water with no or little involvement of new magma.

Bulusan (Luzon Island, Philippines): Two small steam-driven (i.e. phreatic) explosions occurred at the volcano this morning at 11:02 and 11:20 local time, PHILVOLCS reported. The first lasted 2 minutes and generated a steam and ash plume that rose 1 km and drifted WSW. Rumbling sounds were heard in the villages of Cogon and Irosin on the WSW slopes.

Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): Pyroclastic flows continue to threaten the southeastern and east-northeastern slopes of the volcano. According to a news article, approx. 1,200 people were evacuated yesterday, bringing the total number of current refugees to almost 4,000. Another 2,500 residents should be evacuated over the next few days.

Semeru (East Java, Indonesia): Japa’s highest volcano has resumed its typical, intermittent ash-righ explosions.