Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.2 Earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.
A strong earthquake hit a rural part of China’s far western Xinjiang region on Friday, killing at least six people, injuring dozens and destroying or damaging thousands of homes, the government and state media said.
6.0 Earthquake hits the Philippine Islands.
5.8 Earthquake hits the Andaman Islands off India.
5.3 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.
5.2 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.
5.1 Earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.
5.0 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
Tropical storm 09w (Chan-Hom), located approximately 274 nm southeast of Andersen AFB, is tracking northeastward at 07 knots.
Tropical cyclone 25p (Raquel), located approximately 1067 nm east-northeast of Cairns, Australia, is tracking southward at 02 knots.
Tropical storm 10w (Linfa), located approximately 292 nm east of Manila, Philippines, is tracking southwestward at 07 knots
China, Update – More than 20 million people in 20 provinces have been affected, with 108 dead and 21 missing. And more than one million people have been evacuated and roughly 44,000 houses have collapsed. Some of the worst-affected areas are in Hunan, Sichuan and Fujian. Torrential rain started to sweep across the Yangtze River, Huai River and Tai Lake regions last Friday, with a 210,000 sq km area recording 50mm of falls since then. The Tai Lake area has received an average of 112mm of rain and the lower reaches of the Yangtze River 110mm.
Nepal – Two people died and one went missing in floods triggered by heavy rains in Ilam and Morang districts on Wednesday. Floods and landslides also displaced hundreds of people, destroyed large areas of farmland and disrupted vehicular movement in several other districts.
Congo – Ebola
The World Health Organization (WHO) and Congo are investigating a possible outbreak of Ebola in a village in the country. According to WHO spokesman, Eugene Kabambi, the suspected outbreak was in the village of Masambio in Bandundu province.
Congo has seen periodic outbreaks of the disease. Last year, a 3-month outbreak that killed 49 people late in the remote forests of northwestern Congo was not related to the West African epidemic.
Wildfires – Alaska
In what is likely to be Alaska’s worst wildfire season on record, an estimated 1.88 million acres have already been scorched by 617 different fires this year. The fires have been so frequent and so widespread that smoke has made its way all the way down to the Midwest and parts of the South, and could be clearly seen crossing over the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of South Carolina on Wednesday. In fact, the smoke wafting across the landlocked U.S. states has been so thick it has even affected temperatures, lowering daytime highs in some states by a few degrees.
Alaska’s record year of wildfires was likely sparked by the state’s warmer than average temperatures, as the often snowy state had a relatively snowless winter and a fairly mild spring.