Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
7.3 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.
6.6 earthquake hits Western Australia.
5.8 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.
5.5 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.
Two 5.3 earthquakes hit Halmahera, Indonesia.
5.2 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.
5.1 earthquake hits Greece.
5.1 earthquake hits the Galapagos Islands.
5.1 earthquake hits the Biak region, Indonesia.
5.0 earthquake hits the western Mediterranean Sea.
5.0 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.
5.0 earthquake hits Western Australia.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Barry is located about 80 mi…125 km sse of Shreveport Louisiana with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 335 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.
In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression Four-E is located about 455 mi…730 km sw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.
India – Heavy monsoon rains in India’s northeast Assam state displaced more than a million people from their homes and flash floods killed at least 10 in the past 72 hours, state authorities said on Saturday, warning the situation could worsen in coming days. The Brahmaputra river, which flows from the Himalayas into India and then through Bangladesh, has burst its banks, swamping more than 1,800 villages in the state. Torrential rains have affected at least 25 of Assam’s 32 districts and the federal water resources body said water levels in the Brahmaputra were expected to rise, with more rains forecast over the next three days.
USA – Hurricane Barry crept onto the shores of Louisiana west of flood-weary New Orleans on Saturday, drawing cautious optimism from city residents who saw little rainfall from the storm as of evening, and from officials in western coastal parishes that were drenched and battered but had prepared for much worse. After a brief life as a Category 1 hurricane, Barry was downgraded to a tropical storm as it made landfall and continued to weaken. But the threat of flooding brought on by the storm’s incessant rain remained high, particularly in and around Baton Rouge, as the system churned north.
Wildfires – Italy
Firefighters are battling wildfires on multiple fronts in southern Italy, including one blaze in Puglia that left at least one person dead. Firefighters said Saturday they had sent up three Canadair aircraft to dump water on a wildfire raging in Tortoli, Sardinia, that forced the evacuation of a beach and some homes. Canadairs were also deployed over a forest in Puglia’s Gallipoli, near a beach and a protected park. Firefighters said a burned body was discovered during land-based operations.