Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.4 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Kermedec islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Kermedec islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern Xizang, China.

5.0 Earthquake hits Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical Storm Hilda is located about 270 mi…435 km se of Hilo Hawaii and about 480 mi…770 km se of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…NW or 305 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

Tropical Storm 15w (Molave), located approximately 435 nm east of Yokosuka, Japan, and is tracking east-northeastward at 13 knots.

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

NewsBytes:

China – At least 26 people remain missing after a landslide in China’s northwest Shaanxi province. About 1 million cubic metres of mud buried dormitories and homes owned by the Shaanxi Wuzhou Mining Company in Shanyang county early on Wednesday. Officials said 14 people had been rescued, the operations had been greatly hampered by heavy rain. Fifteen dormitories and three residential buildings were buried, trapping at least 40 people initially.

Britain – Parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland have been having an unusually cool and wet summer so far. Some crops are failing and animals are being brought in from the fields early. There has even been snow on the mountains.

North Korea – Flooding in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has claimed the lives of at least 21 people and left nine others missing. Torrential rainfall between August 1 and 5 triggered flooding in South Hwanghae, South Hamgyong and North Hamgyong provinces. According to the State Committee for Disaster Management, more than 690 houses have been completely destroyed affecting about 3,400 people.

Nepal – At least nine people have died due to landslides in Doti and Gulmi districts, according to the Nepal Police.

Colorado, USA – Parts of Colorado are getting pounded with immense rain, including one city that had flood waters sweeping away vehicles.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California USA

Wildfires across the state are burning more than 200,000 acres, chewing through dry brush and parched forests while forcing the evacuation of dozens of residents.

In the Six Rivers National Forest, near the northwestern corner of the state, more than 5,000 firefighters are battling a string of blazes totaling nearly 70,000 acres, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Peggi Lawrence. Lightning storms ignited the fires in late July and they have continued to burn as firefighters navigate steep, rugged terrain.

The neighboring Shasta-Trinity National Forest is also coping with fires on more than 60,000 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The sizable fires have generated significant smoke, prompting officials to warn inland residents nearby to limit outdoor activity.

Meanwhile, a wildfire north of the Napa Valley more than doubled in size Tuesday to cover 14,000 acres, nearly merging with the southern edge of the massive Rocky fire, authorities said.

The swiftly growing Jerusalem fire — named for its position within the Jerusalem Valley — began Sunday and is threatening 50 homes, prompting mandatory evacuations that remain in effect. Erratic winds have challenged the nearly 1,700 firefighters battling the blaze, with officials warning residents to be vigilant for sudden shifts in the fire’s direction.

A new fire map released Tuesday shows the Jerusalem fire touching the southernmost edge of the Rocky Fire, which has charred nearly 70,000 acres since erupting on July 29. That fire is 88% contained, Cal Fire said.

The Anza fire, about 20 miles southeast of Hemet in Riverside County, has burned 487 acres and was 50% contained as night fell Tuesday, according to the county’s Fire Department. Sparked by a burning motor home that spread to dry vegetation, the Anza fire left four people injured, including three firefighters.

Wildfires – Siberia

More than 5,000 Russian emergency workers are battling to put out wildfires raging across forests in Siberia, officials said Tuesday.

Over 1,250 square kilometres of woodland are ablaze in at least six eastern regions, Russia’s federal forestry agency said.

The republic of Buryatia, which borders Mongolia and the eastern shore of Lake Baikal, is fighting to extinguish 60 blazes raging through 717 square kilometres of land, the agency said.

Wildfires are a common occurence in Russia each summer due to the burning of dry grass, and can claim lives and damage property. The current wildfires have not yet affected inhabited areas, according to authorities.

Environment

Heatwave in Egypt

A scorching heatwave gripped Egypt this week, killing at least 42 people, officials said on Tuesday. Egyptian summers are usually hot, but this week’s temperatures in the south soared to 44°C.

The Health Ministry said 21 people died from the heat on Sunday, when temperatures topped 40°C in the country’s north. Nineteen more died on Monday, authorities said, mostly elderly citizens.

Disease

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

Between 3 and 9 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 17 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 3 deaths.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Raung (East Java): Small ash emissions continue. This morning, a plume of ash approx. 500 m high drifted 15 km to the west of the volcano.

Cleveland (Aleutian Islands, Alaska): No unusual activity of the volcano has been detected over the past days. Only a small steam plume from the summit crater where a new small lava dome is present could occasionally be seen in the past days. Seismic activity has been low.

Dukono (Halmahera): The volcano continues to produce near-continuous ash clouds that reached a length of approx. 100 km towards the west this morning.