Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.9 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Beryl is located about 240 mi…380 km e of Barbados and about 340 mi…550 km e of Martinique with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 20 mph…31 km/h.

Tropical Storm Chris is located about 150 mi…245 km s of Cape Hatteras North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…stationary.

In the western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon 10w (Maria), located approximately 357 nm southwest of Iwo To, is tracking northwestward at 12 knots.


Japan – Torrents of rainfall and flooding battered a widespread area in southwestern Japan on Saturday, with local media casualty reports climbing quickly: 38 people were dead, four were injured seriously and 47 were missing. Television footage showed a residential area in Okayama prefecture seeped in brown water spreading like a huge lake. Some people fled to rooftops and balconies and waved furiously at hovering rescue helicopters. Evacuation orders had been issued to more than 1.6 million people.

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Wildfires – California, USA

In heat-stricken Southern California, powerful winds that sent an overnight inferno hopscotching through the Santa Barbara County community of Goleta vanished in the morning, allowing firefighters to extinguish smoldering ruins of an estimated 20 structures, including homes. Authorities announced that mandatory evacuation orders were being greatly reduced and many of the 2,500 people who fled Friday night would be able to return home by late afternoon.

A brush fire that started in San Deigo on Friday has incinerated more than 400 acres of land and destroy dozens of homes in the foothill community of Alpine.