Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

6.3 earthquake hits the Panama – Costa Rica border.

5.5 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Vietnam – Heavy rainfall has been affecting northern Vietnam, particularly the districts of Muong Te, Sa Pa and Nam Nhun (northern Lai Châu Province) since 24 June, causing flash floods and triggering landslides. According to media reports, as of 26 June, one person died and three are missing. At least 20 houses have been flooded, several roads, including the national highway and the provincial highway, have been damaged by landslides and a bridge collapsed.

Liberia – Two nights of torrential rains on Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, flooded at least 500 homes and business centers in communities in Montserrado County District #5, and forced residents to seek shelter elsewhere in the neighborhood, while others took their landlords to the police station in demand of compensation for their losses.

Nature – Images

Interesting Images

A towering mushroom-shaped cloud of ash and smoke recently rose from Raikoke volcano on the Kuril Islands in the Pacific Ocean, and an astronaut on board the International Space Station (ISS) captured a spectacular view of the eruption from high above.

 

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Europe

Nearly 1,400 fires have hit Europe so far this year compared to an annual average of 174 in the same period over the past ten years. This has resulted in a near five-fold increase in burnt areas. Blazes have so far this year burnt 207,440 hectares. In the decade from 2008-2018, an average of 44,491 hectares had burnt by June 25 every year.

The recent heatwaves alone do not explain higher risk of fire. A number of conditions impact whether fires will spread and intensify. They include the available amount of dry foliage, temperature, overall soil moisture, wind speed and the presence of potential ignition sources, which can be natural — such as lighting — or due to human activity — such as a piece of glass or a smouldering cigarette.

Disease

Chikungunya – Iceland

Iceland’s Directorate of Health confirmed that four Icelanders who stayed in Alicante in Spain recently were infected with the Chikungunya virus, a tropical disease not previously seen in Iceland.

Rabies – North Carolina, USA

The Guilford County Department of Health in North Carolina is reporting the ninth confirmed case of animal rabies in 2019 yesterday. The most recent case involved a fox found on Ashton Court in Greensboro.