Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.7 earthquake hits Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia.

5.6 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.5 earthquake hits east of the Kuril Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hit the central mid-Atlantic Ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits the Mayotte region.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 05w (Five), located approximately 138 nm southeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking northward at 10 knots.

Hurricane Season 2018: Experts Call For New Category 6

A spate of record-breaking storms has spurred a call for expanding the hurricane scale for better warnings that could save lives.

As the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season begins, scientists are worried that U.S. coastal communities could face more super storms with winds, storm surges and rainfall so intense that current warning categories don’t fully capture the threat.

A new review of global data on hurricanes shows that since 1980, the number of storms with winds stronger than 200 kilometers per hour (124 mph, or a strong Category 3) have doubled, and those with winds stronger than 250 kilometers per hour (155 mph) have tripled.

Storms are also intensifying more quickly, with a greater chance they will drop record amounts of rain, especially if they stall out when they hit land, as Hurricane Harvey did in Houston last year.

Scientists advocate for adding a new Category 6 to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale to describe the extremely powerful super storms seen in recent years—storms that can be fueled by global warming.

The current intensity scale doesn’t capture the fact that a 10 mph increase in sustained wind speeds ups the damage potential by 20 percent. That’s not a subtle effect. It’s one that we can see. Based on the spacing of Categories 1-5, there should be a Category 6 approaching peak winds of 190 mph, they said.

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Global Warming

Eerie silence falls on Shetland cliffs that once echoed to seabirds’ cries

Sumburgh Head lies at the southern tip of mainland Shetland. This dramatic 100-metre-high rocky spur, crowned with a lighthouse built by Robert Louis Stevenson’s grandfather, has a reputation for being one of the biggest and most accessible seabird colonies in Britain.

Thousands of puffins, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmars gather there every spring to breed, covering almost every square inch of rock or grass with teeming, screeching birds and their young.

Or at least they used to – for this year Sumburgh Head is a quiet and largely deserted place. Where seabirds once swooped and cried in their thousands, only a handful of birds wheel round the cliffs. The silence is uncanny – the result of a crash in seabird numbers that has been in progress for several years but which has now reached an unprecedented, catastrophic low.

One of the nation’s most important conservation centres has been denuded of its wildlife, a victim – according to scientists – of climate change, which has disrupted food chains in the North Sea and North Atlantic and left many seabirds without a source of sustenance. The result has been an apocalyptic drop in numbers of Arctic terns, kittiwakes and many other birds.


Space Events

Meteorites – South Africa

Two meteorites have been spotted striking the North West province in South Africa. One meteorite fell between Lichtenburg and Mafikeng, and the other one fell between Hartebeesfontein and Coligny.

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Wildfires – New Mexico, USA

A massive fire in Colfax County, New Mexico, had grown to 27,290 acres by Saturday morning and was 0% contained. Nearly 450 personnel were battling that fire. A mandatory evacuation order was in place for the town of Cimarron, where 296 structures were threatened by the blaze, called the Ute Park Fire.

Wildfires – California

A wind-driven brush fire has consumed 250 acres and was threatening structures near a canyon between Aliso Viejo and Laguna Beach Saturday, authorities said. It threatened structures at Soka University of America and the Top of the World neighborhood of Laguna Beach.. Helicopters and fixed wing aircraft were making water drops but there was no containment.


Ebola – DR Congo – Update

In an update on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the case counts as of June 1 are as follows: 37 confirmed cases, 13 probable and seven suspected for a total of 57 cases, including 25 deaths since early April 2018.

Chad – Measles – Update

In a follow-up on a previous report on measles in the Central African country of Chad, a measles outbreak has been declared on 30 May in five districts of Chad (Bokoro, Gama, Ati, Am dam and Goz Beida), where 474 cases and 18 deaths have been reported.