Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.9 earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.7 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands, Greece.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits `Samar in the Philippines.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Erick is located about 340 mi…545 km sw of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

Tropical Storm Flossie is located about 840 mi…1355 km e of Hilo Hawaii and about 1035 mi…1665 km e of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h, Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression Wipha is located approximately 41 nm east-northeast of Hanoi, Vietnam, is tracking west-southwestward at 10 knots.

Tropical Storm Francisco is located approximately 288 nm east-southeast of Chichi, Japan and is tracking northwestward at 17 knots.

NewsBytes:

Philippines – Several areas in Metro Manila were quickly flooded following a downpour brought by the southwest monsoon on Friday. The southwest monsoon, which had been bringing heavy rain in the western part of Luzon, was further enhanced by a tropical storm located outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility. In Metro Manila, the downpour caused floods, triggering traffic, making commuting difficult, and leaving some passengers stranded.

India – Incessant rainfall has caused the death of four people in a wall collapse in Vadodara, besides causing floods and affecting life in the city. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has shifted nearly 5,000 people from over two dozen low-lying areas.

Disease

Measles – New Zealand

Auckland Regional Public Health Service has reported 305 measles cases through Aug. 2, while nationally more than 400 cases have been seen, according to ESR surveillance. The number of measles cases in the city have been rising quickly lately seeing an average of 8 cases daily.

Dengue Fever – Philippines

Tacloban City Health officials in Tacloban City have reported some 750 dengue fever cases through July 26, including eight deaths. Despite the surge in cases this year, officials say the situation is “still manageable”.

Ebola – DR Congo

The Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continued this week with similar transmission intensity to recent weeks, with an average of 85 cases per week (range 79 to 91 cases per week) in the past six weeks. Since the beginning of the epidemic, the cumulative number of cases is 2,713 with 1,823 deaths.