Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.5 earthquake hits southern Greece.

5.4 earthquake hits the central East Pacific rise.

5.4 earthquake hits southern Greece.

5.3 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.2 earthquake hits the island of Hawaii, Hawaii.

5.1 earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Chagos Archipelago.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Ep0518

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 05e (Daniel), located approximately 852 nm south of San Diego, is tracking north-northwestward at 09 knots.

NewsBytes:

Vietnam – Heavy rainfall in the northern mountainous regions of Viet Nam, including in the provinces of Lai Chau and Ha Giang, have caused extensive flash floods and landslides, killing five people and causing damage to infrastructure and agriculture.

Iowa, USA – Very intense rainfall caused flash flooding across Siouxland Sunday afternoon and evening, leaving most of the area under a flash flood warning. Major flooding happened in Akron, Iowa, over the weekend. There, the Big Sioux River crested at 23.51 feet Saturday.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

Wind-driven wildfires destroyed buildings and threatened hundreds of others Sunday as they raced across dry brush in rural Northern California.

The Pawnee fire that broke out Saturday near the community of Clearlake Oaks has destroyed 12 buildings and threatened an additional 600 as it burned out of control across about 12 square miles. Authorities ordered people to evacuate all homes in the Spring Valley area, where about 3,000 people live.

The Lane fire in Tehama County consumed 5.5 square miles, but no buildings were reported burned. The blaze threatened 200 structures and some homes had been evacuated, Cox said. It was 10% contained.

The Creek fire in neighboring Shasta County grew to 1.6 square miles and was 20% contained. The conflagration had damaged no structures but did prompt evacuations.

Wildfires – Oregon, USA

Firefighters say they are making good progress on two lightning-sparked wildfires that started last week in Central Oregon.

The Graham Fire, near Lake Billy Chinook, remained at 2,055 acres Sunday, and was 50 percent contained. The fire threatened numerous homes in the Three Rivers subdivision, but residents who had previously been evacuated were allowed to return home Saturday night.

The Boxcar Fire, near Maupin, grew to 87,000 acres Saturday night after merging with the nearby South Junction Fire. It’s now 10 percent contained.

Disease

Rift Valley fever – South Africa

Following confirmation of a Rift Valley fever (RVF) outbreak in sheep on a farm in Jacobsdal area, Free State in May 2018, human and vector surveillance was conducted on the affected farm by Provincial Department of Health and National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD). Mosquitoes collected on the affected farm tested negative for RVF virus, suggesting that active transmission had diminished due to decreased mosquito populations.

Farmworkers and residents, who had been involved in the handling of potentially contaminated animal tissues during the sheep outbreak, were interviewed and sampled for RVF testing at NICD. Of 10 persons sampled, four individuals were retrospectively confirmed to have been infected with RVF virus; four individuals were shown to have been infected with RVFV. The cases reported having experienced mild symptoms (fever, muscle pain, headache) in the preceding month, while none developed a severe disease that necessitated hospitalization.

Venezuela – Diptheria

Venezuelan authorities confirmed last week that the vaccine-preventable disease, diphtheria, has killed some 19 children at the pediatric hospital Menca de Leoni, in the state of Bolívar

HIV-AIDS – Namibia

An average of 11 people die daily from AIDS in Omusati Region, while 25 infections are recorded daily in the region, says Governor Erginus Endjala. This year alone, 445 pupils in the region have fallen pregnant, with Okalongo topping the list with 78 pupils. Amongst the whopping number of pregnant learners are children in grades four and six. Given the grades of some of the pupils, the governor pointed out that the statistics are an indication that rape is on the increase in the region but often goes unreported. “It defies human logic how young learners of 10 years got pregnant but no single report was registered with the police”.