Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.5 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific: Hurricane Fernanda is located about 1475 mi…2375 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…120 mph…195 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical Storm 06w (Talas), located approximately 150 nm south of Hanoi, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 14 knots.

In the North Atlantic: Tropical Low Four remains an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential (20%) for further tropical development.

NewsBytes:

Arizona, USA – At least nine people were killed and one person was still missing on Sunday night after flash flooding interrupted a family gathering in central Arizona over the weekend. The storm hit on Saturday, the first day of the region’s monsoon season, which lasts from mid-July through September. Flash flooding is common in Arizona during those months. The state’s low-lying roads and dry rivers and creek beds are particularly vulnerable to sudden downpours, with vegetation too sparse to slow the water’s sudden onset. Along with the flooding, Saturday’s storm caused several power failures, leaving thousands of people without electricity.

India – Heavy rains swelled two major rivers causing flash floods in Odisha’s Rayagada district, prompting the state government to seek the help of defence forces. A railway bridge was also washed away. The flash floods resulted from an alarming rise in the water levels in the Nagavalli and the Kalyani rivers.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Croatia and Montenegro

Firefighters in Croatia and Montenegro have been struggling to contain wild fires that have erupted along the Adriatic coast in the two countries at the height of the tourism season.

In Croatia, the blazes have spread over several locations along the coast and on the islands, engulfing pine forests and low shrubbery in extremely dry and windy weather. Near the coastal town of Sibenik, a fire almost reached houses, but firefighting planes managed to stop the flames from spreading any further. Thick smoke has closed down the main road in the area. More fires have been reported further north, near the town of Pula, and on the islands of Pag and Vir.

In Montenegro, strong winds hampered efforts to battle several fires along the coast and near the capital, Podgorica.

Wildfires – California, USA

Two wildfires that began Sunday afternoon in Northern and Central California are prompting evacuations.

The Detwiller Fire, which began shortly before 4 p.m. just east of Lake McClure in Mariposa County, has spread to 2,500 acres and is forcing evacuations of residents on Hunters Valley road and parts of Bear Valley Road.

In Mendocino County the Grade Fire, which started shortly before 3 p.m., was burning along U.S. 101 about five miles northwest of Redwood Valley. By 8:45 p.m. the fire had burned about 1,000 acres and was 10% contained. Residents of the Baker Creek subdivision were under mandatory evacuation orders.