Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits western Iran.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Six is located about 65 mi…105 km WSW of Tampa Florida and about 65 mi…110 km WNW of Sarasota Florida with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…E or 90 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Irwin is located about 1085 mi…1750 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 335 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Post-Tropical Storm Hilary is located about 1185 mi…1905 km WNW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 300 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Super Typhoon 07w (Noru), located approximately 141 nm southwest of Iwo To, is tracking westward at 07 knots.

Tropical storm 11w (Nesat), located approximately 128 nm west-northwest of Taipei, Taiwan, is tracking northwestward at 11 knots.

Tropical depression 12w (Haitang), located approximately 130 nm west-northwest of Taipei, Taiwan, is tracking northwestward at 15 knots.


India Floods Update – Severe monsoon flooding has now killed 213 people in western India, an official said Sunday, as rescuers continue to sift through villages devastated by torrential rains. The death toll in Gujarat state jumped from Wednesday’s total of 123 as waters recede from low-lying areas, allowing workers to reach remote spots where bodies are starting to appear. Rescue workers have moved close to 130,000 people from low-lying, dangerous areas as helicopters and boats try to reach those still stranded. In Assam at least 77 people have been killed and a state-wide emergency relief operation has been underway since April. Tens of thousands of acres of crops have been destroyed. The flood toll in Odisha rose to seven with the death of three more persons in Jajpur district.

Global Warming

Rare mega-tsunami in Greenland

On the evening of June 17, residents in the Greenland village of Nuugaatsiaq felt a low rumble shake the ground.

Within five minutes, a giant tsunami arrived, caused by a massive landslide in Greenland’s Karrat Fjord. The wave washed away 11 homes, leaving four people in the town of 84 residents presumed dead. But because the tsunami struck in a remote location, researchers didn’t know how exactly it had originated and how big it had been. That’s crucial information, since another landslide is likely to happen in coastal Greenland very soon—and even more enormous waves will be on the way around the world as climate change worsens.

Tsunamis caused by landslides in bays can rise to incredible heights, travel at devastating speeds, and cause massive destruction. The biggest one ever recorded occurred in 1958 in Lituya Bay in Alaska, reaching more than 500 meters in height—almost as tall as the Sears Tower in Chicago or Canton Tower in Guangzhou. A similar, albeit smaller, tsunami is thought to have destroyed Geneva in 563 CE.


Sri Lanka dengue update

In the month of July, Sri Lankan health authorities have reported more than 27,000 dengue fever cases, almost triple the number of cases reported in July 2016 (10,715) bringing the 2017 year-to-date total to 114,215, including more than 300 deaths.