Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.5 earthquake hits the Sea of Okhotsk.

5.4 earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Potential Tropical Cyclone Two is located about 170 mi…270 km ese of the mouth of the Mississippi river with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…wsw or 240 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Spain – Firefighters in Spain have discovered the body of a driver whose car was swept away by flash flooding. The rain and hail on Monday evening led to road closures and power outages across the country, but in Tafalla in northern Spain it caused two rivers to burst their banks. In Pamplona, which is around 25 miles (40km) away, the famous annual bull run had to be suspended, as well as a bullfight.

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Global Warming

Microbes in the Tundras Increase Emissions in Warming Climate

While many parts of the world are experiencing global warming in different ways, there is an overall rise in the Earth’s temperature. Both the planet’s ice-capped poles are melting, causing a sea-level rise. The increasing warmth in these regions is causing palpable changes in the animals and plants that live in these areas.

In a new study, researchers studying the Alaskan tundras said that global warming could cause microbes living in the soil of this region to release more greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane. Considering that half the carbon in the world (twice as much as the carbon levels in the atmosphere) is stored under the planet’s frozen soil, the consequences of having all this carbon released into the atmosphere would be disastrous.

Microbes react quickly to slight changes like warming over the span of a few years.

The researchers found that microbial species and their genes involved in carbon dioxide and methane release increased their abundance in response to the warming climate. They were surprised to see a substantial response to even mild warming.

Disease

Diphtheria – Venezuela

In an update on the diphtheria outbreak in Venezuela, the outbreak that began three years ago is ongoing. According to data from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Venezuela has reported 324 diphtheria cases since the beginning of the year, including 15 fatalities.

Cholera – Yemen

Cholera cases have picked up dramatically in Yemen in 2019, in fact, during the first six months of this year, the total cholera cases are more than all of 2018. According to official data, Yemen saw 371,326 cholera cases, including 505 deaths in all of 2018. During the first six months (Jan. 1- Jun 30) this year, the total is 451,895, including 705 deaths.

Dengue Fever – Laos

The Laos Ministry of Health issued a warning this week as the trend of weekly reporting of dengue fever is increasing. According to a Vientiane Times report, health officials have advised people throughout the country to clear potential mosquito breeding sites as the current outbreak of dengue fever has claimed 27 lives and 11,561 people have contracted the virus so far this year through Sunday. Most of the infections and deaths were recorded in the capital and the southern provinces.