Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits south of Sumbawa, Indonesia.

Two 5.1 earthquakes hit the Lombok region, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Panama.

5.0 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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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 319 nm southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking north-northwestward at 09 knots.

Tropical depression 18w (Eighteen), located approximately 509 nm south-southeast of Kadena AFB, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 03 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Hector is located about 640 mi…1025 km ese of Hilo Hawaii and about 850 mi…1365 km ese of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…145 mph…230 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

Hurricane John is located about 310 mi…495 km sw of Cabo Corrientes Mexico and about 390 mi…630 km s of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…nw or 320 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Tropical Storm Ileana is located about 170 mi…275 km w of Manzanillo Mexico and about 310 mi…500 km se of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 295 degrees at 23 mph…37 km/h.

Tropical Storm Kristy is located about 1155 mi…1860 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…w or 265 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.


Mongolia – Floods in Mongolia have killed 63 people, including 15 children, so far this year, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said Monday. Heavy downpours have been hitting Mongolia since the beginning of July, triggering massive flooding in some areas. Meteorologists said the heavy rainfall will not stop until mid August.

Cambodia – Six Cambodians have died so far and nearly 5,000 families have evacuated to higher grounds after Mekong floods hit five provinces along the river, a disaster control spokesman said on Monday.

Nepal – At least 14 people, including four members of the same family, have died in Nepal as meteorologists on Monday warned of more rains in the country hit by monsoon-triggered landslides and floods. People living near rivers in the capital Kathmandu should beware of floods, said weather officials, forecasting heavy rains in central and western Nepal on Tuesday. Six people were swept away by swollen rivers in as many districts across the country over the weekend, the state National Emergency Operation Centre said on Monday. Eleven people were injured on Sunday when a passenger bus was swept away by a flooded river in the midwestern Dang district. On the outskirts of Kathmandu, several neighborhoods were inundated after torrential rains on Monday. A car sank in a swollen Godavari River, while the driver was rescued by locals.

Thailand – Residents in Thailand’s western provinces have been urged to move to higher ground as dams in the region are rapidly filling up due to heavy downpours while authorities raced to reduce the impact from possible flooding. More water will have to be released from the dams to keep the levels stable, but it could cause floods in the downstream areas, the RID said. Officials urged people living along the river in these provinces to closely monitor the water level in the river, move their belongings to higher ground, and evacuate children, elderly and sick persons from flood-risk areas.


Scrub Typhus – Nepal

The Nepal Epidemiology and Disease Control Division reported that as of Aug. 1, there has been 105 scrub typhus cases reported in the country in just the past two months.

Scrub typhus, caused by the bacterium Orientia tsutsugamushi, which is transmitted by chiggers encountered in high grass and brush, is endemic in northern Japan, Southeast Asia, the western Pacific Islands, eastern Australia, China, maritime areas and several parts of south-central Russia, India, and Sri Lanka. More than 1 million cases occur annually. Scrub typhus kills at least 140,000 people a year in the Asia-Pacific.

Swine Flu – Michigan, USA

Michigan Michigan state and local health officials have identified two confirmed cases of influenza A in individuals with exposure to swine at the Fowlerville Family Fair in Livingston County. The fair took place July 23-28, and several pigs from the fair tested positive for swine flu on July 27.