Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.3 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.
5.2 Earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands, Greece.
5.1 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.
5.1 Earthquake hits the north Mid-Atlantic ridge.
5.0 Earthquake hits the Cayman Islands.
5.0 Earthquake hits the Mid-Indian ridge.
5.0 Earthquake hits the Balleny Islands.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
Typhoon Halola is located about 234 nm east-southeast of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan and is tracking west-northwestward at 08 knots.
Tropical depression 12w (twelve), located approximately 255 nm northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking east-southeastward at 03 knots.
Tropical Depression Felicia is located about 495 mi…795 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…NW or 310 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.
Pakistan – Torrential rain and landslides in Azad Kashmir have killed at least nine people, emergency officials said on Thursday. This year’s monsoon floods in Pakistan have claimed lives of at least 22 and washed away more than 200 buildings.
Central Asia – Floods across Central Asia over this past week are highlighting the perils of failing to adopt robust water-management measures and put adequate early-warning systems in place. Tajikistan has been the worst hit, with abnormally high temperatures causing rapid snow and glacier melts. The country is 93 percent covered by high mountains, making it particularly vulnerable to landslides and flash floods. Dozens of homes have been destroyed and at least a dozen people killed.
Global Temperature Extremes
The week’s hottest temperature was 120.2 degrees Fahrenheit (49.0 degrees Celsius) at Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
The week’s coldest temperature was minus 101.4 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 74.1 degrees Celsius) at Russia’s Vostok Antarctic research station.
Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.
‘Mutant Daisies’ Growing At Fukushima Nuclear Plant
A discovery of ‘mutant daisies’ has been made near the site of the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.
The pictures of the flowers appear to show stems and flowers connected to each other. Others appear slightly deformed, and have prompted fears that radiation is affecting the area.
Wildfires – Bulgaria
A state of emergency has been declared due to raging wildfire in the Harmanli municipality in southern Bulgaria on Thursday. The wildfire has affected Mladinovo, Dripchevo, Oryahovo and Izvorovo villages. Hundreds of firemen are working to control the blaze.
Wildfires – Calirofrnia
More than 500 firefighters and multiple helicopters and planes are battling the 6,900-acre Wragg Fire near Lake Berryessa in Napa County.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 1 and 14 July 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 6 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.
Meningococcal disease – Niger (update)
Between 1 January and 28 June 2015, the Ministry of Public Health of Niger notified WHO of 8,500 suspected cases of meningococcal meningitis, including 573 deaths. This was the largest meningitis outbreak caused by Neisseria meningitides serogroup C in the African meningitis belt.
The number of suspected cases increased very rapidly, tripling weekly between 1 and 15 May. Thirteen districts in Niger crossed the epidemic threshold. The five districts of Niamey, Niger’s capital and largest city, reported 5,267 suspected cases and 260 deaths.
Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
Kick ‘em Jenny (Grenada) An active underwater volcano off Grenada’s northern coast called Kick ’em Jenny was rumbling Thursday and regional disaster authorities were put on alert, though they said it posed no threat of triggering a destructive tsunami. Since its discovery in the 1930s, Kick ’em Jenny has erupted beneath the surface of the Caribbean Sea at least 12 times, most recently in 2001. The volcano, which rises 1,300 meters (4,265 feet) above the seafloor on a steep slope of the Lesser Antilles ridge, hasn’t caused any known deaths or injuries.