Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits Samoa.

5.6 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic Ridge.

5.5 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.3 earthquake hits the island of Hawaii, Hawaii.

5.2 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.2 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Post-Tropical Cyclone Bud is located about 150 mi…245 km sse of Guaymas Mexico and about 75 mi…120 km e of Loreto Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…n or 355 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

Tropical Storm Carlotta is located about 80 mi…130 km sse of Acapulco Mexico and about 70 mi…110 km wsw of Punta Maldonado Mexico with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…stationary.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression (td) 08w (Gaemi), located approximately 64 nm east-northeast of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan is tracking eastward at 17 knots.


France – The shrine at Lourdes has been evacuated after torrential rain caused flash floods at the site. Thirteen départments in France are on orange alert for heavy rain and flooding that has caused chaos across the country. Roads have been destroyed and a train was derailed south of Paris after being hit by the landslide. There are also fears that the Tour de France will have to be re-routed due to the damage. The Lourdes shrine last flooded five years ago, when authorities had to evacuate 200 people who were camping near the site after the Gave de Pau river suddenly rose.


Lighting Hazard

Greater care may need to be taken in choosing the color of outdoor LED lighting across Earth’s landscapes, as scientists warn that some hues of the modern-day lighting can be harmful to wildlife.

Researchers have spent years documenting how the brightness, color and direction of LED light affects migration, species attraction, predator-prey relationships and circadian rhythms.

A new study led by the University of Southern California finds that blue and white have the worst impacts, while the warmer yellow, amber and green LEDs are more benign.

Some creatures, like insects and sea turtles, are especially vulnerable.


Measles – Sierra Leone

The Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation has confirmed a new outbreak of measles with 19 confirmed cases registered in the Koinadugu north of the country. There is a high risk of the disease spreading beyond Sierra Leone because the affected district lies on the border with Guinea.

Cyclospora – USA

In a follow-up on the Cyclospora outbreak in the upper-Midwest, health officials from both Wisconsin and Minnesota are reporting increases in cases of the parasitic infection.

In Wisconsin, the bulk of the 98 Cyclospora cases reported this year have been in the past couple weeks. Health officials say dozens of cases are being reported daily and interviews with recently reported patients may not yet be completed.

In Minnesota, state health officials have identified two outbreaks together involving at least three dozen Minnesotans.