Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.8 earthquake hits southwestern Russia.

6.7 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

6.4 earthquake hits near the west coast of Honshu, Japan.

6.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Two 5.2 earthquakes hit the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Komandorskiye Ostrova, Russia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Tajikistan – During 1 to 7 June 2019, continuous heavy rains resulted in mudflows and floods countrywide. In total, 10 mid-scale mudflows and floods have occurred throughout Tajikistan. 1,350 households (6,750 people) were heavily affected. At least 4 persons were killed in Khuroson, Penjikent and Pyanj. The mudflows repeatedly hit the same locations (in Farkhor and Vose) on 6 June 2019. Around 650 households were evacuated to neighbouring villages.

Nature – Images

Interesting Images

In this photo taken on June 13, 2019, sled dogs in Greenland run on ice, which is covered by a thin layer of water due to the unusual warm weather in the Arctic this year.

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Wildlife

Namibia to Auction Wildlife

Namibia will auction one thousand of its wild animals because a severe drought is threatening their lives. Namibia has successfully managed to grow its wildlife population in recent years, but this severe drought is putting immense pressure on it. The Ministry of Agriculture reported this April that 63,700 animals died in 2018 due to severe weather conditions.

The government expects to raise nearly one million euros (17 million Namibian dollars) for wildlife conservation by selling the following: buffaloes, oryx, elands, impalas, giraffes, kudus, springboks, wildebeest and elephants. The proceeds will be invested into the Game Products Trust Fund which manages income derived from trophy hunting, donors funds and wildlife auctions.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Alberta, Canada

Advancing flames of a wildfire have forced the evacuation of the hamlet of La Crete in northern Alberta. More than 9,000 people have been forced from their homes due to out of control wildfires in the region. The Chuckegg Creek, Jackpot Creek and McMillan complex wildfires together cover an area of about 6,750 square kilometres.

Disease

Measles – Ukraine – Update

Ukraine health officials reported an additional 967 measles – 436 adults and 531 children, during the past week. This brings the total cases to 54,065 people – 25,439 adults and 28,626 children, including 18 deaths since the beginning of the year.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits the Sichuan-Guizou border, China.

Twelve people have died and 125 others have been injured following the earthquake according to local reports.

5.6 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.5 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.5 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic ridge.

Two 5.2 earthquakes hit eastern Sichuan, China.

5.1 earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit the Kermedec Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

USA – Flash flood warnings have been issued for Texas across to the mid-Atlantic by the National Weather Service (NWS), remaining in effect until this morning. Across the country, two to three inches of rain has already fallen, with expected showers to follow over the course of the morning, affecting the eastern states and coast. This rainfall is expected to cause flash flooding in Grayson in Georgia, Oldtown in Idaho, Naples in Florida, Coalton in Ohio, Flatwoods in West Virginia, Russell in Massachusetts and Hopewell, Virginia.

Disease

Chicken Pox – France

France is reporting an epidemic of varicella, or chickenpox infections, which includes at least twelve regional outbreaks. Approximately half the country was affected by chickenpox in the week ending June 9. On average, there are 34 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Measles – DR Congo

In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN health officials report an additional 7500 suspect cases in the past two weeks, bringing the total cases since the beginning of the year to 106,870. The death toll due to the measles outbreak has reached 1,815.

Panama Disease – Thailand

The Thai Department of Agriculture has dispatched officials to inspect a large banana plantation in Chiang Rai province after a report of an outbreak of Panama disease, which is known to rip through plantations causing significant damage. Officials were seen destroying infected banana trees in a bid to contain the disease. Panama disease has never occurred in Thailand before.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 Earthquake hits the Flores region, Indonesia.

6.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.6 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

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

5.4 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.2 earthquake hits the Sumba region, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Michoacan, Mexico.

5.1 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 02a (Vayu), located approximately 180 nm south of Karachi, Pakistan, is tracking northeastward at 12 knots.

NewsBytes:

Mongolia – On 15 June 2019, heavy precipitation was expected to run across the country. At around 15:00 hours, torrential rain poured on central area of the country including Ulaanbaatar city and nearby provinces including Tuv province. The heavy rainfall caused flash floods in the following soums; Lun, Bayantsogt, and Bayankhangai in Tuv province.

Canada – With once-in-a-century floods two years in a row, residents and communities grapple with a new reality and tough choices: rebuild or pack up and leave? After back-to-back historic floods along the St. John River watershed, the Nauwidgewauk community and others like it in New Brunswick are being redrawn by backhoes, demolition equipment and government officials — who are now enforcing flood-plain building restrictions that went ignored for decades. People in the province are talking about climate change in a way they never would have a few years ago. For the second straight year, hundreds of homes were evacuated and long stretches of the Trans-Canada Highway were underwater. Even officials who manage flood response seemed surprised at the level of destruction this spring.

Nauwidgewauk Flooding New Brunswick

UK – Residents in at least 590 homes in Wainfleet and Thorpe Culvert, in Lincolnshire, have been told to leave as waters continued to surge this weekend. The town first flooded on Wednesday after more than two months’ worth of rain fell in two days, causing the River Steeping to burst its banks. On Friday, three RAF helicopters dropped 270 one-tonne sandbags in an attempt to repair the bank.

Wildlife

Rare Giraffe to Give Birth

Kenya Wildlife Services announces rare white giraffe is pregnant. Ishaqbini Hirola Sanctuary, located in Ijara sub-county is home to the critically endangered Hirola Antelope and the only white giraffe in the world.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Syria

At least 10 people have been killed in Kurdish-controlled northeast Syria since Thursday while trying to extinguish mass wildfires that have recently spread across thousands of acres of farmland, a war monitor reported. Those who perished had been trying to extinguish fires in the countryside of Al-Hasakah Province.

The local Kurdish-led administration in northeast Syria has blamed the Islamic State and Turkey for being responsible for the fires that have destroyed thousand of acres of agricultural land in recent weeks. However, there were reports that several gunmen loyal to the regime had been arrested for setting fires in areas east of the Euphrates River.

Disease

Dengue fever – Myanmar

The Yangon Region Public Health Department has reported 670 dengue fever cases since the beginning of the year, including eight deaths. Fatalities have been reported in both adults and children.

Campylobacter – Norway

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health reported a Campylobacter outbreak in Askøy, Hordaland county, Norway. Some 2,000 people have been sickened, presenting with symptoms of diarrhea, fever and abdominal pains. It was believed that water was the source of the outbreak.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

A powerful earthquake has struck the Kermadec Islands region in the Pacific Ocean north of New Zealand, briefly triggering a tsunami warning. The US Geological Survey said a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the arc of islands, which are 800–1,000km (500-600 miles) from New Zealand’s North Island. There are no reports of damage. 

6.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec islands.

6.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

Two 5.3 earthquakes hit the Kermedec islands.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.0 earthquake hits the Prince Edward Islands.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit the Kermedec islands.