Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia.

5.7 earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 02a (Vayu), located approximately 616 nm south- southeast of Karachi, Pakistan, is tracking north-northeastward at 07 knots.

NewsBytes:

Sulawesi, Indonesia – Floods in three provinces in Sulawesi have forced thousands of people to flee their houses for higher ground. Tthe National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) revealed that 4,198 people in North Konawe regency in Southeast Sulawesi had been evacuated to safer areas.

UK – Storms spark severe floods and travel chaos in South East as M20 is submerged – with more rain coming. Two sinkholes also forced parts of the M25 to close overnight while most of the rail line from Kent to London is submerged. Many parts of southern England have been completely submerged after heavy thunderstorms rolled in on Monday. Kent and East Sussex have seen the worst of the intense rainfall – but deluges have also affected parts of the South West, South Wales and East Anglia.

North Carolina, USA – Flash flooding in North Carolina has resulted in the deaths of three people, with Catawba County declaring a state of emergency. According to Associated Press, three men died on Saturday after their vehicle hit high water on a road west of Lincolnton and slammed into a tree. Runoff from the weekend’s heavy rainfall could mean continued flooding along the Catawba River in the North Carolina foothills and Piedmont. Landslides are also possible.

Nature – Images

Interesting Images

Last summer, a Russian man was strolling along the shore of the local Tirekhtyakh River in Yakutia when he came upon a grisly sight: the severed head of an ancient wolf. The head had been well preserved by the permafrost and still sported a full head of hair and sharp fangs.

Scientists dated it to over 40,000 years ago, or the end of the Pleistocene epoch. Their analysis also revealed that the wolf was fully grown and was between 2 and 4 years old when it died. The severed head is 16 inches (40 centimeters) long. That’s about half the size of a modern wolf’s body.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. restored power to more than 20,000 customers in Northern California after the company shut it off over the weekend to guard against wildfires amid a heat wave that fueled a blaze still burning in a rural area, officials said Monday.

About 700 firefighters are battling a wildfire that erupted Saturday afternoon in Yolo County and spread quickly across brush-covered hills fueled by strong winds and hot temperatures. The fire near the community of Guinda, which is about 78 miles north of San Francisco, remains at 3.4 square miles. It was 30% contained as of Monday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said

Disease

Malaria – Burundi

The landlocked African country of Burundi reports a lot of malaria, year in and year out, and during the first five months of 2019, the malaria burden is high once again. From the beginning of the year through May 25, Burundi has reported a total of 3,207,552 clinical malaria cases, including 1,273 deaths.

Measles – DR Congo

Health officials with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) report since the beginning of 2019, a total of 87,000 suspected measles cases (1.8 % CFR) through May 18. This represents an increase of more than 700 percent, compared to the epidemiological situation for the same period in 2018.

Guillain-Barre Syndrome – Peru

Peru has declared a health emergency in five regions, including Lima, after the deaths of at least four people linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that attacks the nervous system. The Health Ministry said Sunday that in addition to the deaths there were currently 206 cases of the disease.