Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits Leyte in the Philippines.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific: Hurricane Eugene is about 540 mi…870 km SW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…NW or 320 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Paris, France – Paris subway authorities closed metro stations due to flooding after thunderstorms and heavy rain pounded the French capital, officials said Monday. A violent two-hour storm struck the city late Sunday, forcing the closure of about 15 stations due to flooding. The downpours resumed early Monday, and the national weather service Meteo France placed 12 departments, including those in the greater Paris region, on a 24-hour “orange alert” for heavy rains and electrical storms.

India – Floods caused by heavy rainfall continued to wreak havoc across Assam on Monday claiming seven more lives and taking the total deaths to 34. According to a state disaster management authority report, over 1.2 million people in 20 of the total 28 districts remained affected in both Brahmaputra and Barak valleys. Over 2,000 villages remained inundated on Monday and over 1 million hectares of crop area affected. More than 18,000 people displaced by floods are taking shelter in 148 relief camps. Heavy rainfall has led to erosion of embankments at several places, blocked highways, caused landslides and damaged roads and bridges.

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Nigeria – For much of the weekend, Lagos, Africa’s largest city, has been hit badly by heavy floods. But with the city’s drainage system mostly poorly planned and, in some places, non-existent, flooding has become a costly annual experience. The floods have been mainly seen on Lagos Island, the major business district, with paved roads and streets flooded. Some of the worst hit areas are also the country’s most expensive residential and commercial real estate in neighborhoods like Victoria Island and Lekki.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

Two major wildfires in California have forced nearly 8,000 people out of their homes.

About 4,000 people evacuated and another 7,400 were told to prepare to leave their homes as fire swept through grassy foothills in the Sierra Nevada, about 60 miles north of Sacramento, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Sunday. The fire has burned nearly 4 square miles, injured four firefighters and destroyed at least 10 structures.

The area burning was southeast of Oroville, where spillways in the nation’s tallest dam began crumbling from heavy rains this winter and led to temporary evacuation orders for 200,000 residents downstream.