Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.3 earthquake hits the Panama-Costa Rica border.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Palau.

5.0 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical storm 02w (Two), located approximately 806 nm east of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines, is tracking westward at 15 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 09p (Gita), located approximately 296 nm southwest of Niue, is tracking westward at 16 knots.

Newsbytes:

Kentucky, USA – Officials in several southeastern Kentucky counties declared emergencies as flooding caused by heavy rain in the region threatened homes in spots, according to state authorities. More than 100 homes were evacuated.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Hawaii, USA

Big Island firefighters and multiple agencies continued their efforts Sunday to extinguish a brush fire burning hundreds of acres in Waikoloa. The fire is estimated to have burned between 830 to 900 acres over the last 24 hours, officials said. At last check, the fire was 35 percent contained.

Wildfires – Chile

About 1,000 hectares of forest have been destroyed in the past 24 hours in Chile’s central region of Valparaiso, while authorities have declared the red alert in five areas on Sunday. The fires have been fed by a prolonged drought and temperatures that have topped 40 degrees Celsius.

Wildfires – Australia

A bushfire is burning out-of-control in Perth’s southern suburbs, shutting a major freeway. Kwinana Freeway has been shut in both directions from Mortimer Road and Mundijong Road due to smoke from a fast-moving fire in Baldivis.

Up to 150 firefighters, two air tankers and about 13 bulldozers and tractors will spend today strengthening and building containment lines on the Mt Canobolas blaze that’s already destroyed more than 790 hectares, a NSW Rural Fire Service spokesman said.

Disease

Anthrax: Turkey

A suspected anthrax outbreak in the Black Sea coast city of Trabzon, in northeastern Turkey has affected 73 people, killing one. An anthrax-tainted cow was butchered in the city’s Akçabat district and the meat was distributed to neighbours.

Diarrhoea in Kolkata, India

As many as 650 people in six municipal wards in Kolkata were suffering from diarrhoea caused by an alleged contamination of drinking water and 28 of them were admitted in a city hospital since Saturday night, an official said on Sunday. Kolkata Municipal Corporation collected samples from different places to detect the cause of the outbreak.