Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits Bio-Bio, Chile.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone 06p (Ula), is located approximately 269 nm east-northeast of Noumea, New Caledonia, and is tracking southwestward at 10 knots.

Tropical Storm Pali is located about 1450 mi…2335 km SW of Honolulu Hawaii and about 705 mi…1140 km SSW of Johnston Island with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…stationary.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Two people have died and more than a hundred homes have been destroyed in a huge bushfire, Australian authorities said Sunday, as firefighters battled to tame the out-of-control blaze.

The inferno — which has razed about 71,000 hectares (175,000 acres) in Western Australia state — is the most recent in a series of bushfires that have kicked off a hot summer season, with the latest deaths lifting the national toll to eight.

The two bodies were found in burnt-out houses in Yarloop, a historic mill town some 110 kilometres (70 miles) south of Perth that has been devastated by the bushfire — one of the worst to hit the region in recent years.

The bushfire — which is entering its fifth day after reportedly being started by a lightning strike — has destroyed 143 properties including 128 homes in Yarloop, the state’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) told AFP.

The blaze has a perimeter of about 226 kilometres and has yet to be contained, but the 250 firefighters battling the flames were hoping to take advantage of the cooler weather on Sunday.

Disease

Malaria treatment fails in Cambodia

Malaria-carrying parasites in parts of Cambodia have developed resistance to a major drug used to treat the disease in Southeast Asia, according to research published on Thursday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.

The drug piperaquine, used in combination with the drug artemisinin, has been the main form of malaria treatment in Cambodia since 2008.

The combination is also one of the few treatments still effective against multi drug-resistant malaria which has emerged in Southeast Asia in recent years, and which experts fear may spread to other parts of the world.

Resistance to both artemisinin and drugs used in combination with it has developed in parts of Cambodia and Thailand.

Experts are particularly concerned that artemisinin resistance will spread to sub-Saharan Africa where about 90 percent of malaria cases and deaths occur.