Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.9 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii said that it was not issuing a tsunami warning.

5.6 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits Zulia, Venezuela.

5.1 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Fox islands in the Aleutian islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Hurricane Hilda is located about 480 mi…775 km se of Hilo Hawaii and about 695 mi…1115 km ESE of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 300 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Invest 93E remains an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

NewsBytes:

China – The death toll in China from Typhoon Soudelor has risen to 21 people with five more missing, state media reported on Monday.

Myanmar – The death toll from the monsoon floods that started in late June in Myanmar has risen to over 100 with almost 1 million people affected by the floods.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

A raging fire broke out on Saturday in a wildlife refuge in northwestern Arizona near the California border, forcing the evacuation of about 150 homes.

Authorities ordered the mandatory evacuations from homes in the rural area after the wildfire sparked on Saturday afternoon grew to 2,000 acres in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. As of late Saturday, an undermined number of structures had been burned.

Wildfires – Portugal

Nearly 1,000 firefighters as well as six helicopters and three planes were deployed in Portugal Sunday to battle forest fires raging in the north and centre of the country, authorities said.

The worst fire scorched Vila Nova de Cerveira in the northern Minho region and was continuing to spread due to “difficult to access terrain, wind, high temperatures and the ongoing drought,” a fire service spokesman said, with 250 men battling the blaze.

Another major fire was raging at Miranda do Corvo, not far from the central city of Coimbra, with homes there also threatened.

Around 100 kilometres (62 miles) to the east at Covilha, two firemen were injured tackling another blaze which forced authorities to evacuate a camp site and a hostel before it was brought under control.

Nearly 80 percent of the country’s territory is considered to be in a severe drought, a situation that is likely to get worse in August, according to the Portuguese meteorological agency IPMA.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Karymsky (Kamchatka): Tokyo VAAC reports continuous ash emissions from the volcano.

Manam (Papua New Guinea): Ash emissions continue. VAAC Darwin reported a volcanic ash plume extending 140 km SE of the volcano at 20,000 ft (6 km) altitude this morning.

Dukono (Halmahera): An ash plume was visible on satellite imagery this morning, extending 50 km NE from the volcano (VAAC Darwin).

Santiaguito (Guatemala): Activity from the volcano has been low recently. Occasional weak explosions accompany the slow effusion of a blocky lava flow descending on the eastern flank of the Caliente dome.

Pacaya (Guatemala): Deep-seated strombolian activity produces small ash plumes from the Mackenney crater where glow can be seen at night.

Fuego (Guatemala): Activity has been elevated at the volcano. INSIVUMEH reported 36 weak to moderate explosions during 24 hours with ash plumes rising up to 1000 m above the crater and sometimes accompanied by shock waves. A lava flow on the upper SE side (towards the Las Lajas ravine) is active and was 300 m long last night.