Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits Tajikistan.

5.0 earthquake hits Komandorskiye Ostrova, Russia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Barbara is located about 895 mi…1445 km ssw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…w or 275 degrees at 21 mph…33 km/h.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 04w (Four), located approximately 395 nm northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking northwestward at 23 knots.

NewsBytes:

Siberia – Five people were killed in the Siberian region hit by strong rains, two are missing, nearly 400 were injured with 97 were admitted to local hospitals. Thirty two children were among the injured. The worst floods in the recorded history in Irkutsk region totally wiped out more than 1,200 houses, sweeping away dams and roads. Both the Angara River – the region’s main waterway – and Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world with 20 per cent of the planet’s unfrozen freshwater, had burst their banks, said reports. Some 50 villages of the shore of Baikal are reported ‘inaccessible’, while to the north the city of Bratsk is badly affected. Officials say over 4,000 blocks of flats and private homes were so badly flooded that they will have to be rebuilt. Almost 10,000 people lost their properties and are currently unsheltered as a major operations flies in relief supplies. Some 27,000 people have no electricity due to power line collapses of a switch-off as a preventive measure. St least 15 bridges were destroyed and the key roads connecting Siberia and Western Russia are closed. In some areas residents were forcibly evacuated against their will because they did not believe dire warnings of the scale of flooding.

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Wildlife

Japan Resumes Commercial Whaling

Japanese whaling ships prepared on Sunday to set to sea, with crews gathering on decks in a northern port a day ahead of Japan’s first commercial whaling hunt in more than 30 years.

Japan announced last year it was leaving the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and would resume commercial whaling on July 1, sparking global condemnation and fears for the world’s whales.

Japan has long maintained that eating whale is an important part of its culture and that most species are not endangered.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – France

Wildfires have burned several houses and hundreds of hectares of land in the south of France as the country struggles with a record-breaking heatwave. The fires are burning in the southern Gard department, a region that has seen little rain and where temperatures have hit 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit).

Disease

African Swine Fever – Asia – Massive Culling

Millions of pigs are being culled in China and Vietnam in an effort to stop the spread of African swine fever, with cases of the disease already reported in six Asian countries.

Some 2.8 million pigs, representing about 10 per cent of Vietnam’s herd, have been culled in the Southeast Asian nation, state media reported this week.

Rabobank, which late last year put China’s herd at an estimated 360 million animals – projected in April that between 150 million and 200 million of them will die, either after contracting African swine fever or from culling.