Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.4 Earthquake hits east of the Izu Islands off Japan.
5.3 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.
5.2 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.
5.2 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
Tropical storm 09w (Chan-Hom), located approximately 33 nm northeast of Andersen AFB, is tracking quasi-stationary.
Tropical storm 10w (Linfa), located approximately 198 nm north of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 08 knots.
Tropical storm 11w (Nangka), located approximately 66 nm east-southeast of Enewetak, is tracking westward at 12 knots.
Invest 95E and 96E remain areas of disturbed weather in the East Pacific which have the potential for tropical development.
Costa Rica – Heavy rains last weekend caused floods in Costa Rica’s Caribbean and northern regions. Pineapple and banana plantations were left with serious damage, and public infrastructure needs to be rebuilt as thousands of people that were evacuated return to their homes.
Venezuela – Venezuela’s Apure state is facing its worst floods in years. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro declared Friday a state of emergency in a town in Apure state, where heavy rains have spurred flooding. The floods in Paez are already being described as the worst to hit the area in over two decades. The disaster was triggered after more than two weeks of heavy rains caused two rivers to break their banks. More than 40,000 people have been affected, with scores of homes and businesses already severely damaged by floodwaters.
England – Flash floods hit parts of Dorset. The flash floods erupted just three days after the UK faced one of the hottest days on record, with temperatures reaching highs of up to 36.7C.
Wildfires – Saskatchewan, Canada
The military has been called in to help care for 7,900 people from a northern Saskatchewan community that includes the province’s largest First Nation, as a rash of wildfires prompts a massive evacuation. Up to 5,000 of the evacuees will be taken hundreds of kilometres away to a refuge in Cold Lake, Alta., staffed by the Canadian Forces and the Red Cross.
After the wildfires crossed fail-safe lines Saturday, coming within eight kilometres of the community of La Ronge, the provincial government and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band began evacuating out 7,900 residents remaining in the area.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): The activity at the volcano remains intense. We visited Batu Tara from 30 June – 4 July on our recent Volcano Special tour and observed strombolian eruptions of varying intensity at intervals ranging between 10 and 50 minutes. The strongest explosions caused loud cannon-shot like noises and produced abundant incandescent ejections that reached heights and distances of up to approx. 500 m from the crater. They were followed by glowing avalanches of blocks rolling down the sciara to the sea. On 3 occasions within 16 hours between the evening of 2 and morning of 3 July, unusually strong eruptions produced small pyroclastic flows triggered by collapsing material from the eruption and small parts of the crater rim. These flows traveled down the sciara and over the sea for up approx. 200 meters.