Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.0 Earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

One house collapsed and another was partially damaged in Kasonaweja City, not far from the epicentre, while patients were evacuated from a hospital after its walls cracked. One teenager died after falling into a river. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no threat of any tsunami.

5.1 Earthquake hits eastern Xizang, China.

5.1 Earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the northern east Pacific rise.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Depression Eight-E is located about 1265 mi…2035 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h

Invest 91E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development

NewsBytes:

India – Vast tracts of croplands and human settlements in areas under Kandi and Jangipur subdivisions of Murshidabad district have been flooded as the rain-fed rivers in the localities are in spate. Heavy rains coupled with flows of upland streams from Jharkhand have inundated a number of lowland villages under Bahutali and Haaru Gram Panchayats of Suti area while the overflowing rivers like KanaMayurakshi and Dwarka have caused floods in the villages of Bharatpur, Barwan, Khargram blocks in Kandi Sub-division.

Wildfires

Wildfires – West USA

CALIFORNIA

Campgrounds were evacuated and hundreds of homes were threatened by a two-square-mile wildfire in Sierra national forest north of Fresno. It was 5% contained.

Four firefighters were injured Sunday and a fire engine was damaged in a wildfire threatening as many as 200 homes in the Sierra Nevada foothills north-east of Sacramento. The fire was 20% contained.

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

Fire crews were taking advantage of cooler, wet weather in fighting a fire in Glacier national park in Montana that has burned about five square miles on the north shore of St Mary Lake since it started 21 July. The fire was 30% contained.

WASHINGTON STATE

A wildfire that has burned nearly 10 square miles and destroyed one home in south-east Washington state is about 50% contained. It started 20 July and was human-caused.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Karymsky (Kamchatka): An ash plume from an explosion produced an ash plume that rose to 14,000 ft (4.2 km) altitude and drifted north this morning. The volcano continues to produce intermittent strombolian- to vulcanian-type explosive eruptions.

Chirinkotan (Northern Kuriles): Ash emissions were recorded on satellite imagery on 26 July, producing a plume that rose to 15,000 ft (4.5 km) altitude and drifted NW. During yesterday and today, the plume dissipated and no new emissions were detected (VAAC Tokyo).

Akan (Hokkaido): A swarm of shallow volcanic earthquakes under the Ponmachineshiri crater of Mt Meakan volcano has been occurring since yesterday. This event triggered the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) to raise the volcanic alert status to 2 (eruption alert, on a scale of 1-5) today. The swarm follows a gradual increase in seismicity under the volcano noted since April this year. JMA thinks the most likely outcome is a very small (phreatic) eruption in the near future and recommends not to approach the crater within 500 m.

Raung (East Java): The eruption, now over 4 weeks old, continues with no significant changes. Strong lava effusion inside the summit caldera is accompanied by near-constant ash emissions rising 1-2 km and drifting up to 100-200 km in mostly westerly directions.

Dukono (Halmahera): Strong ash emissions continue at the volcano. VAAC Darwin reported an ash plume extending 25 km north of the volcano yesterday.