Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits near the coast of Ecuador.

5.4 Earthquake hits offshore Maule, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Scotia Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Sakhalin, Russia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Eugene is located about 505 mi…810 km SW of Punta Eugenia Mexico with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…NW or 320 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Tropical Depression Six-E is located about 750 mi…1205 km S of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

In the North Atlantic: Tropical Low Four is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

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Global Warming

Giant Iceberg Breaks off Antarctica

One of the biggest icebergs on record has broken away from Antarctica, scientists said on Wednesday, creating an extra hazard for ships around the continent as it breaks up.

The one trillion tonne iceberg, measuring 5,800 square km, calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica sometime between July 10 and 12, said scientists at the University of Swansea and the British Antarctic Survey.

The iceberg has been close to breaking off for a few months. Throughout the Antarctic winter, scientists monitored the progress of the rift in the ice shelf using the European Space Agency satellites.

The iceberg, which is likely to be named A68, was already floating before it broke away so there is no immediate impact on sea levels, but the calving has left the Larsen C ice shelf reduced in area by more than 12 percent.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Italy

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Firefighters are battling wildfires throughout southern Italy, including along the slopes of the volcano Mount Vesuvius near Naples.

Wildfires have been raging for days, and Italy’s civil protection agency on Tuesday said it was responding with helicopters to 18 blazes, including four in Campania, the region which includes Naples, and two each in Sicily and Basilicata.

Some people have been evacuated as a precaution from near Mount Vesuvius, where the smoke emitted from the blaze some 2 kilometers (a mile) wide deceived some observers who thought the volcano was erupting.

Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

Some 14,000 people have been evacuated in the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) as more firefighters arrive to help fight the flames. About 300 out-of-province firefighters are due this week to assist in battling the roughly 220 fires raging in BC’s central interior region.

Emergency officials said about 40,000 hectares have burned across the province since 1 April with most of the damage in recent days.

The number of evacuees has doubled from roughly 7,000 people on Saturday. About 1,500 people were forced to drive overnight on Sunday when the town of 100 Mile Housein the South Caribou region was told to evacuate as the fires began to pose a threat to the community. The fires are also threatening the region’s livestock.