Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 Earthquake hits near the coast of Ecuador.

5.2 Earthquake hits northeast of Taiwan.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Kermedec islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Iran.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.


USA – Heavy rain falling on saturated soil with more to come caused flooding and road closures in low-lying areas of northern Vermont and parts of upstate New York Friday. The National Weather Service says an EF1 tornado touched down briefly in Broadalbin Friday evening. Thunderstorms loosed a barrage of hail on eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, shattering windshields, damaging roofs and shredding field crops and urban gardens. A tornado caused destruction throughout the town of Prairieburg, even ripping a mobile home off of its base. Authorities say a tornado touched down Thursday just south of Wynot in northeast Nebraska, ripping apart a shed and damaging a home.

Global Warming

Ozone Killer

The slow healing of Earth’s ozone hole is being held back by the use of an unregulated chemical that continues to damage the UV protection layer 30 years after most ozone-destroying compounds were banned.

Scientists at the University of Lancaster say atmospheric levels of dichloromethane, a short-lived, ozone-depleting substance used in paint strippers, are on the rise. It isn’t covered under the 1987 Montreal Protocol.


France – Hepatitis A

Since the beginning of 2017, an epidemic of hepatitis A has affected gay and bisexual men in France and the number of cases is increasing in many French regions and throughout Europe. Health officials in France have reported 771 cases of acute hepatitis A through May 31 this year, with 279 cases reported in May alone.