Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits Ulsan, South Korea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Super Typhoon 02w (Nepartak), located approximately 9509 nm southeast of Taipei, Taiwan, is tracking west-northwestward at 18 knots.

Hurricane Blas is located about 1010 mi…1625 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…125 mph…205 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Newsbytes:

India — Update – Nearly 90,000 people have been affected in the latest wave of floods across seven districts in Assam. Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) sources said more than 88,000 people are reeling under flood in 257 villages across Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Nagaon, Jorhat, Golaghat, Morigaon and Biswanath districts. More than 6,000 hectares of crop have been damaged in these districts.

South Carolina, USA – The National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday that a tornado touched down near the Lincoln County community of Yawkey on Monday, causing minor damage to five homes.

Wildlife

Turtle herpes outbreak at Queensland Island, Australia

Two green sea turtles covered in tumours have washed ashore a bay off Magnetic Island in the past two weeks, victims of a crippling disease spreading through turtle populations.

The turtles were likely part of a larger group surveyed earlier this year just off West Point at Cockle Bay, where half of the green turtle population was found to have large tumours around their heads, eyes and shoulders.

Unpublished results have found the tumours are likely caused by fibropapillomatosis, a disease triggered by a turtle-specific herpesvirus that affects sea turtles across the world likely caused by pollution.

The tumours can grow up to 30 centimetres and while they are benign, they can leave turtles susceptible to other causes of death.

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Disease

Hand, Foot Mouth Disease in Thailand

The Thailand Ministry of Health is advising the public, particularly those that work around young children, about handwashing and personal hygiene in light of increased numbers of the contagious viral disease, hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD).

According to the latest data from the Bureau of Epidemiology, Thailand has seen 25083 HFMD cases through July 4 from all 77 provinces. One fatality has been reported.