Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Nicaragua.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the western Indian-Antarctic ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

England – Severe flooding and heavy thunderstorms are expected to hit London for the second week in a row. The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the southern areas surrounding London.

Ghana – The death toll in the Central Regional flood disaster has risen to eight. While some of the victims died after a building caved in on them, as a result of the torrential rains, which had been falling together with thunderstorms and heavy winds for four straight days, others were electrocuted or simply battered to death by the flood waters.

China – China’s national flood control authorities have put in force emergency response measures in preparation for heavy rainfall forecast up to Friday along the Gan, Xiang and Xi rivers in central and southern areas of the country. Torrential rain is expected to hit a vast area of over 1 million sq km, more than one 10th of the country’s territory, in provinces including Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong and the Guangxi region, according to the Central Meteorological Administration. About 460,000 sq km of the area is expected to receive “super torrential rains”, which will worsen the risk of flooding.

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Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): A moderately strong vulcanian explosion occurred yesterday morning at 11:17 local time, producing a mushroom-shaped ash plume that rose approx. 3 km above the summit and dispersed in westerly directions. Today, the volcano has been mostly calm with only minor emissions mainly of steam and gas. The activity of the volcano itself has been very stable over the past months and at overall low to medium levels only; while lava is slowly accumulating in the summit crater, this growth of the lava dome is occasionally interrupted by explosions such as this one.

Semeru (East Java, Indonesia): Access to the mountain was closed after a 26 year-old Swiss climber has been missing for 10 days now since he climbed the volcano on 3 June. The young man who climbed the volcano without a guide was reported missing by a travel companion who had been in a different location for a few days and could notice his absence only 3 days later. Despite intense efforts, local search-and-rescue teams have so far been unsuccessful to locate the young man. It can only be speculated about his fate, but chances of his survival seem dwindling. The most likely causes for the accident are lost orientation on the mountain during ascent or descent, or perhaps falling into one of the difficult-to-access steep ravines draining on the volcano’s steep slopes.