Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits northwest of the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.8 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.6 earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

5.2 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Sumbawa, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the DR Congo.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Barry is located about 55 mi…90 km sw of Morgan City Louisiana and about 165 mi…260 km w of the mouth of the Mississippi river with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 300 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression Four-E is located about 420 mi…680 km s of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…nw or 305 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h

NewsBytes:

Nepal – Seventeen people have been killed while seven have been missing due to floods and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall in different parts of Nepal during the past two days.

Louisiana, USA – Almost 10,000 residents in Louisiana have been given a mandatory evacuation order as Tropical Storm Barry swells the Mississippi River to historic levels. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) predicted that the storm, which is slowly approaching the Gulf Coast, could elevate river levels to the highest they have been since the year 1927. New Orleans’ Bourbon Street and Royal Street in the historic French Quarter are among the areas that have experienced significant flooding after 8 inches of rain fell during a three hour period on Wednesday.

Wildlife

Wildfires disrupt moth-flower relationships, increasing risk of extinctions

New research in Portugal suggests wildfires disrupt unique relationships between flowers and the specialized moths that pollinate them.

In the wake of wildfire, wildflowers take advantage of an ecosystem cleared of larger plant species. Post-fire wildflower blooms prove a boon to daytime pollinators like bees and butterflies, but new research showed moths, which visit flowers at night, aren’t so lucky.

When scientists surveyed moths from sites across Portugal, they found the insects carry a surprising amount of pollen. In the spring, 95 percent of the moths captured and analyzed were carrying pollen. Scientists also found the pollen of 80 percent of the native flower species being carried by surveyed moths.

However, pollen levels measured on moths caught in areas recently scorched by wildfire were five times lower than moths found in fire-free areas.

Wildfires disrupt moth flower relationships increasing risk of extinctions

Wildfires

Wildfires – Hawaii, USA

Thousands of people on Maui have been ordered to evacuate two towns in the path of a spreading wildfire. The 1,200 hectare (3,000 acre) brush fire in the island’s central valley was uncontrolled on Thursday night. Firefighters were monitoring it overnight but it was too dangerous to battle in the dark.

Disease

Anthrax – Kenya

The Kisumu County, Kenya government is reporting a suspected anthrax outbreak that has sickened a half dozen people and killed one. A family reportedly slaughtered a sick cow and shared the meat with their neighbours.

Dengue Fever – Philippines

Eastern Visayas Officials with the Department of Health in the Eastern Visayas (Region 8), which encompasses Samar, Leyte and Biliran, are reporting an 86 percent increase in dengue fever compared to the same period in 2018. From January 1 to July 11 this year, 4,809 confirmed cases, including 19 fatalities have been recorded.