Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits offshore Guatemala.

5.0 earthquake hits the sea of Okhotsk.

5.0 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Invest 97L is an area of disturbed weather in the Atlantic Ocean that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon (ts) 17w (Shanshan), located approximately 328 nm north-northeast of Agrihan, is tracking northward at 10 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Hector is located about 1360 mi…2190 km e of South Point Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…125 mph…205 km/h. Present movement…w or 275 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Depression Eleven-E is located about 190 mi…305 km s of Puerto Angel Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Invest 94E is an area of disturbed weather in the Eastern Pacific Ocean that has the potential for further tropical development.

Invest 95E is an area of disturbed weather in the Eastern Pacific Ocean that has the potential for further tropical development.

NewsBytes:

China – Floods caused by heavy rainfall in the northwestern Chinese Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region left 20 people dead and eight more missing, local authorities said on Friday. According to the local authorities, more than 5,500 residents were evacuated to safe places. The Hami prefecture-level city in the northeastern part of Xinjiang was the most affected by the disaster, which ruined 8,700 buildings and damaged roads and railways in the area. The floods also damaged a dam of a local water reservoir.

India – A fresh wave of flooding in the north east Indian state of Assam began on 02 August, 2018. This follows an earlier wave of flooding that began in June which left over 30 people dead and 200,000 displaced. Around 90,000 people have been affected in 9 districts since 02 August, with 3 people dead and around 25,000 displaced. The Dhansiri river in Golaghat district has exceeded its previous highest ever flood level by almost 30 cm. As of 03 August, flooding was reported in Golaghat, Sivasagar, Barpeta, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Darrang and Charaideo. Flooding affected Biswanath and Udalguri districts on 02 August but has since subsided. By far the worst hit district is Golaghat, where flooding has affected 67,724 people in 99 villages. Four hundred homes have been damaged or destroyed by flooding in the district.

Global Warming

Sweden loses its tallest peak to global warming

Sweden has a new highest point. The Scandinavian country’s highest peak lost its title this week because record heat has been melting away the tip of a glacier that sits atop the Kebnekaise mountain, experts say.

A month ago, the mountain’s southern peak held the title, soaring to 2,101 metres above sea level.

On Tuesday, after weeks of high temperatures, it was 2,097 metres high – only 20 centimetres, or about six inches, taller than the north peak, said Professor Gunhild Rosqvist, head of the Tarfala Research Station near the mountain.

By Wednesday, enough had melted to take it below the critical height, Rosqvist said, handing the northern peak the crown. “We can estimate the melt rate based on temperature measurements. We know that it has melted because it is very hot,” she said. “We are going to measure again later this summer when the melting stops. In a month, we’ll know how bad it is.”

The shrinking peak is symbolic of climate change that also brought marked shifts for animals and vegetation, she said, and badly affected the region’s reindeer herders. July was the hottest on record in many parts of Sweden, with drought and some of the worst forest fires the country has seen.

Even if the northern peak is higher when the mountain is measured at summer’s end, the southern tip is likely to grow again in winter. The peaks could then take turns as Sweden’s highest point over the next few years.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

Twin wildfires fueled by dry vegetation and hot, windy weather continued to grow in Northern California, destroying 55 homes and forcing thousands of residents to flee their neighborhoods.

California fire officials said Saturday that the two fires about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of San Francisco were 27 percent contained and have grown to almost 250 square miles (648 kilometers).

Wildfires – Oregon, USA

Currently, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, there are 16 fires burning in Oregon, totally roughly 151,603 acres.

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Month1 outlook

Disease

Chikungunya – Philippines

The Municipality of Maripipi, in the province of Biliran, Philippines was declared under state of calamity this week due to a chikungunya outbreak. As of Aug. 2, there were 101 cases of chikungunya reported in the city.