Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore northern California.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Irwin is located about 1125 mi…1810 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…NW or 305 degrees at 1 mph…2 km/h.

Tropical Storm Hilary is located about 715 mi…1150 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…NW or 305 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 07w (Noru), located approximately 60 nm south of Chichi Jima, is tracking south-southwestward at 09 knots.

Tropical storm 11w (Nesat), located approximately 342 nm southeast of Taipei, Taiwan, is tracking northwestward at 08 knots.

Tropical storm 12w (Haitang), located approximately 266 nm southeast of Hong Kong, is tracking north-eastward at 05 knots.


Thailand – A number of residential areas in the northeastern region were hit by flash floods Friday as a result of a tropical storm blowing from South China Sea. The flood – the worst in 40 years by some accounts – was particularly severe in the city of Sakon Nakhon, where residents found water rushing into their homes in a time span of less than a day. The local airport was also forced to shut down by Friday afternoon.

Maryland, USA – Montgomery County could see some flash flooding Friday and Saturday as heavy rains hit the area, according to the National Weather Service. By Saturday, the area could get up to three or four inches of rain, he said. Similar rainfall is expected throughout the state, but Baltimore and Washington, D.C., could get five or more inches.


Ohio, USA – Swine Flu

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), eleven human infections with novel influenza A viruses were detected in Ohio during the week of July 16.

All 11 persons were infected with influenza A (H3N2) variant (H3N2v) viruses and reported exposure to swine in a fair setting during the week preceding illness onset. Ten of the 11 patients were children less than 18 years of age and one patient was an adult aged 50-64 years. None were hospitalized and all have fully recovered from their illness.

No human-to-human transmission has been identified. Swine influenza A (H3N2) viruses were identified from respiratory samples collected from pigs at the same fair.