Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.6 earthquake hits Guatemala.

5.4 earthquake is south of Fiji.

5.3 earthquake hits the island of Hawaii, Hawaii.

5.3 earthquake hits near the south coast of western Honshu, Japan.

5.3 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.2 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits Pakistan.

5.1 earthquake hits south east of the Loyalty Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Myanmar.

5.0 earthquake hits the Batan Island region, Philippines.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression Carlotta is located about 35 mi…55 km sw of Lazaro Cardenas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…nw or 305 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, USA – Heavy rains and flash flooding caused severe damage in northern Michigan Saturday night into Sunday morning. Massive sinkholes opened up and some roads were completely washed out. Lines of thunderstorms crawled across northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin on Sunday after overnight flash flooding washed out roads and highways, as a heat wave sent temperatures into the high 90s elsewhere in the Midwest. The National Weather Service issued flood warnings from east-central Minnesota across northwestern Wisconsin because of the potential for rainfall rates exceeding 2 inches per hour in some places.

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Global Warming

New Un Report Says Global Warming To Exceed Paris Agreement Limits

A draft of a report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (I.P.C.C.) says the world is on course to exceed the global warming limits set by the 2015 Paris Agreement.

The Paris Agreement, signed by almost 200 nations, had asked signatories to commit to a goal of limiting global warming to well below a rise of 2°C above pre-industrial times while “pursuing efforts” for the tougher 1.5° goal.

Reuters obtained an exclusive copy of the draft report which stated that temperatures are already up 1°C and rising about 0.2°C a decade. “If emissions continue at their present rate, human-induced warming will exceed 1.5°C by around 2040,” according to the report.

Disease

Japanese encephalitis – Taiwan

In a follow-up on the Japanese encephalitis situation in Taiwan, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) announced 7 new Japanese encephalitis cases confirmed in Taiwan last week bringing the total to 12.

Bird Flu – China

Coined ‘Disease X’, a new strain of bird flu – H7N9 – has sparked fears of a major outbreak among scientists, having already infected more than 1600 people. Symptoms of infection include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock, and organ failure. The virus has already killed 623 people within China.

At this time, the H7N9 can’t be spread between humans – and can only be contracted from contact with birds. However, experts suspect as few as three mutations could result in a human-to-human contagion – and potentially a worldwide pandemic.