Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits Bohol in the Philippines.

5.9 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.8 earthquake hits the Carlsberg ridge.

5.6 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

Two 5.2 earthquakes hit the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Kapulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Barbara is located about 1055 mi…1695 km sw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…110 mph…175 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Alaska – Melting glaciers and mountain snowfields due to the heatwave affecting the State are bloating rivers and streams across a large swath of south central Alaska, the NWS said. The melt has brought water levels to flood stage at the Yentna River northwest of Anchorage on Sunday.

Nature – Images

Interesting Images

Ghostly Blue Clouds

It looks like a ring of blue fire in the sky. But, in fact, that swirl of sapphire over the North Pole and Greenland is actually ice — that, and a bit of pulverized meteor dust.

They’re called “noctilucent clouds,” because they only appear after sunset. Blue and wispy, these moonlighting cirrus strands form high in the atmosphere in spring and summer, when the upper atmosphere starts to cool as the lower atmosphere warms. There, ice crystals hovering about 50 miles (80 kilometers) over Earth glom onto little particles of dust from smashed-up meteorites and other windblown sources, then condense into smoky ribbons of cloud. (The same phenomenon has been spotted on Mars.)

These are the highest clouds in the sky,and form so high up that they glow icy blue even after the sun appears to have passed below the horizon at ground level. Usually, they’re only spotted at high latitudes in warm months; the ring of clouds above, shown in a composite image taken by NASA’s Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) spacecraft — a satellite that measures how much sunlight is being reflected into space by high-atmosphere clouds — appeared over Greenland on June 12, 2019.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Alaska

Alaska’s heat wave is driving wildfires and melting glaciers, choking the state’s biggest cities with smoke and bloating rivers with meltwater.

The Swan Lake wildfire to the south in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has burned since a June 5 lightning strike and consumed more than 68,000 acres

To the north, in Fairbanks, fire officials ordered evacuations in two areas and told residents in a third to be prepared to leave because of the Shovel Creek Fire, which had grown to 5,568 acres by Sunday.

In all, there were 354 wildfires covering 443,211 acres in Alaska as of Sunday morning, according to state and federal fire managers.

Disease

Ebola – DR Congo

Over the weekend and through today, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) ministry of health recorded 41 more cases of the deadly disease, including another case detected in a vaccinated health worker.

According to the latest updates to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Ebola dashboard, the DRC will likely confirm 13 more cases of the viral disease today, raising outbreak totals to 2,338 cases. As of yesterday, 1,563 people had died in the outbreak, and 309 suspected cases are under investigation.

Schistosomiasis – Myanmar

Myanmar continues to see high numbers of schistosomiasis infections. Since the beginning of the year, more than 200 people were found to be confirmed infected by the parasitic disease, mostly children.

Japanese Encephalitis

In the state of Assam in northeastern India, the Japanese encephalitis (JE) situation has got to the point that the Union minister of health and family welfare (MoHFW) sent a team to the state to review the situation. As of Monday, at least 22 people have died, while 59 positive cases of JE have been confirmed.