Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits the island of Hawaii, Hawaii.

5.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Jujuy, Argentina.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Ivory Coast – Fifteen people were killed in Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s economic capital, in flooding caused by torrential rain overnight. Rain poured down from 11pm on Monday night to 6am Tuesday, causing flash floods up to 2.5 metres deep. Rescue teams saved 115 people and searches were underway for other casualties. A city of five million, Abidjan suffers from infrastructure problems and many homes are built in flood-prone areas.

India – Over the past few days, floods have hit several states, claiming the lives of at least 25 people and displacing hundreds of thousands of hapless citizens. In Assam, the biggest state in the region, the deluge has reportedly affected nearly 550,000 people (pdf). Due to the heavy downpour, many roads and bridges have already been damaged, even as the Brahmaputra river, which flows through the state, has been inching towards the danger level. The neighbouring states of Manipur and Tripura have also been affected, with flooding forcing thousands into relief camps. However, the situation is said to be improving in these states, with river levels slowly receding.

Wildlife

There Are More ‘Pet’ Tigers Than There Are in the Wild

Thousands more tigers may be living in private captivity or as exotic pets in the United States alone than there are anywhere in the wild, based on shocking estimates from a number of conservation organizations, Smithsonian recently reported.

Estimates of the U.S. pet-tiger population range from 5,000 to 7,000, according Born Free USA, an animal advocacy organization. Meanwhile, the worldwide wild tiger population is about 3,900, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Malaysia

Wildfires are flaring up in the Miri Division in northern Sarawak yet again, especially in the Kuala Baram district notorious for its annual haze.

Over the weekend, the Miri Fire and Rescue Department had to deal with three separate cases of big wildfires that raged in three different locations in and around Kuala Baram.

There are certain people who go around setting fires to clear bushland due to the hot weather, according to local authorities.

Disease

Toxoplasmosis – Brazil

The number of confirmed cases of toxoplasmosis in Santa Maria, in the Central Region of Rio Grande do Sul, rose to 569, according to a report released Monday (June / 2018) by the municipal and state health departments. According to the document, of the confirmed cases, 50 are pregnant women.

Cholera – Nigeria

At least 10 people have died of cholera in a new outbreak that has affected 60 more people in the Niger State of central Nigeria. In a short statement, the Niger State government health department said the outbreak is confined to the Bida local government area.

Foot and Mouth Disease – Botswana

Botswana notified its trading partners on Tuesday of a suspected outbreak of foot and mouth disease in cattle in its Ngamiland district and said it had banned meat exports from the area, adding there was no impact on exports to the European Union.

African Swine Fever – Latvia

A second outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) among domestic pigs this year has been registered Strautini farm in Kursisi county, Saldus region in western Latvia, the Latvian Food and Veterinary Service said. A quarantine zone has been established, and biosafety measures in nearby farms will be scrutinized.