Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.2 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern Xizang, China.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Typhoon Halola is located about 609 nm east-southeast of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan and is tracking west-northwestward at 11 knots.

Invest 99E remains an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

NewsBytes:

Pakistan – At least three people have died in flash floods in Chitral, Pakistan prompting the local authority to declare flood emergency in the area. About 285,000 people have been displaced by the storms and flooding.

Disease

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Republic of Korea

The mers outbreak in South Korea seems to be under control. Between 18 and 21 July 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of no additional cases of infection and no new deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

Bird flu spreading across West Africa

A highly contagious strain of avian flu is spreading across West Africa, decimating poultry farms and stoking fears the virus will jump from birds to humans, the U.N.’s food agency warned on Monday.

Markets and farms in Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Ivory Coast and Ghana have been hit with the deadly H5N1 virus over the past six months, the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said.

If the virus continues to spread, it could affect more than 330 million people across West Africa, hurting food security and human health in a region still recovering from the Ebola crisis.

Cholera in Sudan – Update

The death toll from South Sudan’s most recent cholera outbreak has increased to 39 with 1,212 recorded cases of the disease in the embattled African country.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Washington, USA

Several wildfires lit up Washington state on Tuesday, destroying at least one home and threatening dozens of others.

In eastern Washington, a brush fire burned at least one property and forced a number of homes in a rural neighborhood to evacuate The fire scorched nearly 4 square miles east of Walla Walla near Blue Creek and Klicker Mountain.

In central Washington, another brush fire near the town of George also threatened 50 homes and led to brief evacuations Monday.

Yet another brush fire about 25 miles northeast of Seattle briefly closed U.S. Highway 2 in both directions near Monroe late Monday afternoon. It is burning just west of State Route 9.

Wildfires – Bosnia

Firefighters and villagers are struggling to keep raging wildfires away from homes in southern Bosnia and on the Croatian coast as temperatures reach 42 Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit).

Since the early morning hours Tuesday, residents of Bosansko Grahovo and Bileca are fighting the flames and have requested the help of the Bosnian Army.

In Croatia, authorities have evacuated a village on the Adriatic peninsula of Peljesac where a fire advancing along a 2-kilometre front has engulfed pine forests, vineyards and several houses.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Cleveland (Aleutian Islands, Alaska): AVO detected an explosion at Cleveland Volcano in both infrasound (air pressure) and seismic data this morning at 08:17 AKDT (16:17 UTC). Satellite views are obscured by clouds at about 30,000 feet above sea level. No ash has been observed above the clouds at this time. Clouds obscure views by web camera this morning. (AVO / USGS volcano activity notice)