Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits the island of Hawaii, Hawaii.

5.3 earthquake hits offshore Bio-Bio, Chile.

5.2 earthquake hits the Myanmar – India border region.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 05w (Five), located approximately 317 nm southeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking northwestward at 11 knots.

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Thirsty Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes appear to be more prone to bite during droughts and in arid climates because the insects need blood to stay hydrated, as well as for its protein content, new research reveals.

A team from the University of Cincinnati says the discovery could lead to new ways to fight mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria, West Nile virus, dengue and Zika.

While the stagnant pools of water that form when it rains produce ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes, the disease-carrying pests are likely to become more aggressive when they dry up.

Lead researcher Chris Holmes believes that climate change could make periods of drought more frequent, increasing the health threat posed by mosquitoes.


Wildfires – Colorado, USA

At least 500 homes have been evacuated and a stretch of highway is closed in wake of a wildfire that started burning 10 miles north of Durango Friday morning. The 416 Fire is located on the west side of U.S. Highway 550 and has moved into the San Juan National Forest.

There are mandatory evacuations for Iron Gate Subdivision in 36000 Block of U.S. Highway 550 North, according to La Plata County. The Rockwood subdivision south to Baker’s Bridge was also evacuated later Friday afternoon. Shifting winds Friday afternoon also led to the evacuation of the Glacier Club/Tamarron subdivision south to Baker’s Bridge.


Zambia – Foot and Mouth Disease

Tissue samples taken from at least 100 cattle have tested positive for infection as a new outbreak of the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) spreads across north-eastern Zambia.