Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits the Balleny Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.0 earthquake hits Kepulauan Obi, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits northeast of Taiwan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Three is located about 40 mi…70 km ene of West Palm Beach Florida and about 55 mi…90 km nw of Freeport Grand Bahama island with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…n or 360 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Dailila is located about 585 mi…945 km sw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 330 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

NewsBytes:

China – Rain-triggered floods killed four tourists in east China’s Jiangxi province, official media reported early on Monday. The heavy rains started on Sunday afternoon in a mountainous area in Yichun city. Flooding caused by the downpour trapped 285 hikers from three tourist groups. Meanwhile, in neighbouring Fujian province, torrential rain also battered Sanming city, with more than 100mm rainfall within three hours on Sunday evening.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Siberia

Nearly 170,000 hectares of forestland is burning in the Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Yakutia, Yamal, and Buryatia regions. The hygienic standard in the air exceeds the norm by 1.2 to 2.3 times.

More than 2,000 people and 303 units of equipment are involved in extinguishing the existing 171 fires. Thirty-five wildfires were extinguished over an area of 17,600 hectares in the last 24 hours.

The regional government of Krasnoyarsk, where most of the blazes are, blamed lightning for starting most of the fires. Residents in Krasnoyarsk have been told to go outdoors only out of necessity.

Disease

Swine Flu – South Africa

Two cases of swine flu have been reported from Pietermaritzburg in Kwa-Zulu Natal Province in two siblings. The sister has died while the brother is still in hospital. Health officials confirmed the H1N1 virus. It is not known where the children picked up the infection.