Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 earthquake hits the Maug Islands in the North Mariana Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Mindanao the Philippines.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression Alvin is located about 665 mi…1075 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Pesent movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 04w (Four), located approximately 417 nm north- northwest of Kayangel, is tracking west-northwestward at 06 knots.

NewsBytes:

Moscow, Russia – Heavy rains flooded the roads around Moscow’s largest airport Sheremetyevo on Friday, with the floods reaching knee-high depths and blocking cars from bringing passengers to and from its terminals.

Siberia, Russia – Hundreds of people have been evacuated from the flood-hit Siberian city of Tulun as torrential rains in Russia’s Irkutsk region have killed at least two people. A day earlier, officials said that two people died in Siberia during floods caused by heavy rains and that a state of emergency had been declared. Nearly 2,800 residences, 16 roads, and 13 bridges in 27 settlements were affected by the floods.

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Gambia – On 19th June 2019, a windstorm surge hit through five (5) regions in the Upper River Region (URR) of the Gambia, namely; Jimara, Tumanna, Wuli East, Wuli West and Sandu districts as well as two districts of Central River Region (CRR) namely Upper Fulado East, Upper Fulado West and Niani, of Gambia, affecting 67 communities. The winds storm surge affected over 900 families (8,100 pax) and caused internal displacement, injuries and 4 deaths (3 in URR and 1 in CRR). The report indicates that some four (4) people have been confirmed dead as a result of the falling walls of buildings and flying iron sheets, 101 people have been injured, and over 900 houses have been damaged or destroyed – totally destroyed (500), partially destroyed (450).

Wildlife

Octopus fishing halted after whale deaths in Cape

The South African government took decisive steps on Friday to temporarily stop the practice of octopus fishing after a spate of whale entanglements around the country’s ecologically sensitive coastline led to mounting public concern.

The recent whale entanglements have led to a public outcry. The City of Cape Town on Thursday joined the chorus of calls for a moratorium on octopus fishing. The City said time that three whales had become entangled in octopus fishing nets and two had died as a result of octopus fishing.

Disease

Dengue Fever – Brazil

Brazil health officials are reporting a dramatic increase in dengue fever cases during the first 23 weeks of 2019, according to recent data from the country’s Secretaria de Vigilância em Saúde. From Jan. 1 through June 8, 1,127,244 probable dengue cases were registered in the country. Of this total, 596,381 case were confirmed, including 366 fatalities and another 453 are under investigation.

Strongyloides stercoralis – Cambodia

Strongyloides stercoralis is a soil-transmitted threadworm that is endemic in many tropical and subtropical areas of the world. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have conducted a nation-wide parasitology survey of the Cambodian population and concluded that nearly a third of the studied population is infected with S. stercoralis.

The threadworm is transmitted through infected larvae in the soil and, like hookworms, infect humans through the skin. The worm can cause long-lasting and potentially fatal infections in people.

Dengue Fever – Vietnam

The number of dengue fever cases in Vietnam this year is a three-times increase compared to the same period last year, according to newly published data. So far this year, there have been a total of 70,491 cases with four deaths reported through early June.