Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Hurricane Guillermo is located about 925 mi…1490 km ESE of Hilo Hawaii and about 1135 mi…1830 km ESE of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

Typhoon 13w (Soudelor), located approximately 63 nm east-southeast of Saipan, is tracking westward at 15 knots.

Tropical Depression 14w (Fourteen), located approximately 399 nm southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking west-northwestward at 03 knots.

NewsBytes:

India – Flood in the Khawthlangtuipui river on the Bangladesh border submerged around 30 houses rendering around 70 families homeless.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California

A firefighter battling one of the large wildfires burning in California died in the line of duty this week, the U.S. Forest Service said.

In all, 9,000 firefighters worked 24 large fires Saturday in California, where a four-year drought has created ideal conditions for a wildfires, said the state agency Cal Fire.

Thousands of lightning strikes since Thursday ignited hundreds of small wildfires, but those thunderstorms brought little rain, authorities said, and the smaller fires became part of larger fire complexes. Threats of dry thunderstorms will continue through the weekend, elevating fire dangers, especially in northern California, where officials posted red flag warnings.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Friday to help gather additional resources to fight the statewide fires. The California National Guard has sent nine helicopters to help quell the flames.

The fires ranged in size. The deadly Frog Fire, for example, consumed at least 800 acres since it was spotted Thursday. Among the bigger blazes, however, was the Rocky Fire that burned 22,500 acres in Lake County, and it raged uncontrollably Saturday, with containment only at 5%, authorities said.

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