Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.9 Earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.
5.6 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.
5.5 Earthquake hits the southwest Indian ridge.
5.1 Earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.
5.0 Earthquake hits Bio-Bio, Chile.
5.0 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the North Atlantic: Tropical Depression Julia is located about 280 mi…455 km se of Charleston South Carolina with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…stationary.
Tropical Storm Karl is located about 950 mi…1525 km W of the Cabo Verde islands and about 1555 mi…2500 km E of the Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…W or 265 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.
Invest 96L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.
In the Eastern Pacific: Post Tropical Cyclone Orlene is located about 1160 mi…1865 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…W or 275 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.
Invest 93E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.
In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 18w (Malakas), located approximately 72 nm east of Taipei, Taiwan, is tracking northward at 12 knots.
England – Flash floods in south-east England caused road and rail disruption and a train derailment on London Midland’s service into Euston on Friday. After overnight thunderstorms dumped almost half a month’s rain on the home counties in just a few hours, the Environment Agency issued 31 flood alerts, including parts of the upper reaches of the Thames, before 9am. Travel conditions were made worse by the derailment near Watford Junction of the 6.19am service from Milton Keynes to Euston after floods caused a landslide.
New Zealand – Heavy rain has flooded several houses in Kapiti, north of Wellington, and more rain is forecast for Mount Taranaki and the Tararua Range.
Environmental destruction – a crime against humanity
This week, the International Criminal Court announced that it would give special consideration to pursuing crimes involving environmental destruction and land grabs.
The announcement, made in a policy document released by the ICC’s prosecutor on Thursday, appeared to show a deliberate expansion in focus for The Hague-based court, which was established by the Rome Statute in 1998 to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity when national governments were unable to do so.
The potential effects could be significant. It could signal that ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda would pursue cases involving environmental damage or the misuse or theft of land as crimes against humanity. It also raises the question of whether international corporations and other businesses could become embroiled in cases in a court better known for cases against dictators and warlords.
Wildfires – Peru
Peru is presently grappling with numerous wildfires in the dry and drought stricken Peruvian Amazon. A new wildfire has been reported near the small city of Quillabamba in southern Peru.
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 20 July and 18 August 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported eight (8) additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) including one (1) fatal case. The death of two (2) previously reported MERS cases was also reported.