Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits the island of Hawaii, Hawaii.

5.3 earthquake hits Azerbaijan.

5.1 earthquake hits the Comoros region.

5.0 earthquake hits the Biak region, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Aletta is located about 370 mi…595 km ssw of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 05w (Ewiniar), located approximately 254 nm west-southwest of Hong Kong, is tracking southwestward at 04 knots.

NewsBytes:

Europe – Central Europe has been hard hit from a severe flooding season that shows no signs of stopping. Poland has seen massive flood destruction in Warsaw, Sandomierz, Nowy Sacz, and other villages in the Southern region following severe storms on Sunday. Two bridges were destroyed and that the heavy rains caused a landslide. France’s Brittany region was hit by a devastating storm on Sunday and Monday. Between three weeks and a month’s worth of rain fell in 30 minutes. The same rain-pour rates were prevalent along Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, especially in the city of Varna. Two villages in the Varna Province were also hit with a tornado, causing mass destruction. No one was reported injured.

Thailand – Heavy rains across Phuket on Tuesday morning caused peak-hour flooding of roads and traffic congestion. There was also a landslide in Kamala.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Greece

Lightning sparked three wildfires in remote parts of the Halkidiki peninsula in northern Greece in the early hours of Tuesday, according to the fire service.

Ground and air crews were battling blazes in the uplands of Kavourotrypes and Vourvourou on the Sithonia leg of the peninsula on Tuesday morning, after putting out another fire in Afytos on the Cassandra leg earlier.

On Sunday, a bolt of lighting is believed to have killed a 58-year-old motorcyclist on the outskirts of Thessaloniki. The man was found dead 40 kilometers east of the northern port city with a hole in his helmet.

Wildfires – New Mexico, Colorado, USA

Sunday’s rains helped subdue part of a New Mexico wildfire, allowing the 1,100 residents of Cimarron to return to their homes by midday on Monday, but a second fire in neighboring Colorado was largely uncontained, officials said.

In Colorado, some 250 miles (402.34 km) away near Durango, a blaze called the 416 Fire had raged across more than 2,255 acres (912.5 hectares) by Monday morning, and forced the evacuation of about 825 homes, said Megan Graham, spokeswoman for La Plata County where the fire is burning. The Colorado blaze was 10-percent contained by Monday morning.

The Ute Park Fire in New Mexico had torched more than 36,000 acres (14,569 hectares) by early on Monday, and that it was 23-percent contained, up from zero containment on Sunday morning.