Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.5 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Mid-Indian ridge.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Mid-Indian ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical Storm Hilda is located about 240 mi…390 km se of Hilo Hawaii and about 450 mi…725 km se of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

Tropical Storm 15w (Molave), located approximately 715 nm east-southeast of Misawa, Japan, and is tracking east-northeastward at 14 knots.

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

NewsBytes:

Britain – Torrential downpours are to soak Britain as a month’s rainfall causes flooding. Up to 5cm of rain is expected to fall over 36 hours on Thursday and Friday, interrupting the summer holidays for millions of families. Motorists were warned about dangerous flash floods as severe weather warnings were issued for most parts of England and Wales.

Environment

Contaminated River: Colorado Mine Spill

Three million gallons of water contaminated with heavy metals and other toxins spilled out of Colorado’s Gold King Mine, turning the Animas River a mustard colour and contaminating waterways.

Contaminated water flows from the Gold King Mine on August 5. The water is yellow because it carries dissolved pyrite, otherwise known as fool’s gold or iron sulphide, according to KUNC. When the dissolved pyrite hits air, it forms sulphuric acid. The acid then eats through the rock in the mine, dissolving out heavy metals like zinc and lead.

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