Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits the island of Hawaii, Hawaii.

5.1 earthquake hits the Mayotte region.

5.0 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic Ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Post-tropical Cyclone Carlotta is located about 95 mi…150 km w of Lazaro Cardenas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…25 mph…35 km/h. Present movement…nw or 315 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Burma (Myanmar) – More than 5800 people have been evacuated in Mon State following heavy rainfall and flooding yesterday. Seventeen temporary shelters have been built for people affected by the floods in the Mon State capital Mawlamyine, south east of Rangoon. The area had 13.7 inches of rainfall and floods have swept through the town due to the heavy rain causing the rivers to rise. Flooding in southern Myanmar has caused a landslide at a famed Buddhist pagoda, submerged homes and displaced hundreds of people as monsoon rains batter the country. Several parts of Myanmar’s southern Mon state are facing flash floods due to heavy rains since the weekend with no relief in sight. The landslide damaged the hilltop Kyeik Than Lan pagoda, whose golden stupa towers over the state capital Mawlamyine.

Wildlife

Toxoplasmosis: Death of monk seals

Officials with the Hawai‘i Departments of Health (DOH) & Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) say that the three tragic deaths of endangered Hawaiian monk seals on O‘ahu due to toxoplasmosis is very sad and could have been entirely preventable.

Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson said, “The only thing certain about toxoplasmosis is that there are far more cases in humans and more deaths in seals, dolphins, native birds and other animals today than are recognized and reported. Since cats are the only animal that transmit the disease, it only makes sense that reducing the number of feral cats will reduce the risk of infection and serious illness or death”.

In addition to preying on native wildlife, cats pose a significant health risk to people, marine wildlife and birds. Feeding cats at state parks, boat harbors and other coastal areas increases the risk of transmission because the cysts don’t need to travel very far to get into the ocean.

With only an estimated 1,400 Hawaiian monk seals still in existence, we simply cannot afford to lose even one of these critically endangered mammals to a disease that is preventable.

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Global Warming

300,000 coastal homes in USA at risk from rising seas

Hundreds of thousands of homes along U.S. coasts are at risk of devastating coastal flooding over the next 30 years as climate change causes oceans to rise, according to a new study.

About 311,000 coastal homes, worth about $120 billion, are at risk of chronic flooding, the Union of Concerned Scientists, a science advocacy group, said in the report released Monday.

By the end of the century, homes and businesses currently worth more than $1 trillion — including those in Miami, New York’s Long Island and the San Francisco Bay area — could be at risk.

States with the most homes at risk by the end of the century are Florida, with about 1 million homes (more than 10 percent of the state’s current residential properties); New Jersey, with 250,000 homes; and New York with 143,000 homes.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Colorado USA – Update

The 416 Fire burning near Durango, Colorado, reached 34,161 acres by Sunday, June 17, the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team said in an update. More than 1,000 fire personnel were deployed to combat the fire, which was 30 percent contained. Evacuated residents in the Hermosa area were able to return home Sunday. Pre-evacuation notices for certain areas were also lifted. Evacuation and pre-evacuation orders for the Falls Creek area, however, remained in effect.

The 416 Fire began some 10 miles north of Durango at around 10 a.m. local time June 1. It was not expected to be fully contained until July 31.

At least five other fires were also burning in Colorado Monday, including the Horse Park Fire at 1,221 acres and the Burro Fire at 3,715 acres. The Horse Park Fire, southwest of Norwood, was 91 percent contained Monday. The Burro Fire, burning near Bear Creek in the San Juan National Forest, was only 12 percent contained.

Disease

Measles et al – Liberia

Sixty-one cases of measles have been confirmed in 13 counties of Liberia amid fresh outbreaks of Lassa fever, Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP), neo-natal tetanus, meningitis and yellow fever.

Four cases of Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) have been confirmed in four counties. To date, 31 cases have been reported. Of these, 26 cases have tested negative while test results for 5 are still pending.

Two cases of yellow fever have been confirmed in the Grand Cape Mount and River Gee counties. Forty-four of 48 suspected cases have tested negative while results from two are still pending.

9 suspected Lassa fever cases were reported from the Bong, Margibi, Montserrado and Nimba counties. To date, 116 suspected cases have been reported with 33 deaths.

Typhoid – El Salvador

El Salvador Minister of Public Health said that there is an epidemic outbreak of typhoid fever that has affected some 26 municipalities in the country. Deputy Minister Julio Tobles Ticas with the El Salvador Ministry of Health and Social Assistance (Minsal) was more specific saying they have registered 644 suspected cases of typhoid fever, to date.