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.


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.


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 – 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.


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.