Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.2 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits Taiwan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Flossie is located about 85 mi…135 km nne of Hilo Hawaii and about 90 mi…145 km e of Hana Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 300 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Francisco is located approximately 47 nm southeast of Busan, South Korea and is tracking northwestward at 18 knots.

Tropical Storm Lekima is located approximately 449 nm south of Kadena AFB, Japan is tracking north-northwestward at 03 knots.

Tropical storm 11w (Krosa) is located approximately 148 nm west of Agrihan, is tracking northwestward at 09 knots.

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Vietnam – Flooded roads are slowing down traffic and movement around the Chiang Mai area as a result of the fallout from tropical depression ‘Wipha’ which crossed the North Vietnam coast, heading westward towards Thailand, over the weekend. In Phayao, heavy downpours are causing floods in farmlands and low-lying homes in Chiang Kham and Dok Kham Tai districts, prompting district chiefs and local administrators to provide aid to the affected residents.

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High lead concentrations found in Amazonian wildlife

It is in industrialised countries and regions of the world where one can find the highest concentrations of lead, the world’s most widespread neurotoxical accumulative metal. Thus, it was presumed that the Amazon, the world’s largest expanse of tropical rainforest containing the highest levels of biocultural and cultural diversity, would contain a low amount of urban or industrial contaminants due to its remoteness and low human impact.

A group of researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology and the Department of Animal Health and Anatomy at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), and the Central University of Catalonia/Vic University, for the first time have evaluated lead concentrations and isotopic fingerprints in free-ranging wildlife in remote areas of the Peruvian Amazon.

High concentrations of lead were found in the livers of Amazon wild mammals and birds, animals which are consumed daily by the local indigenous population. These values are higher than those observed among wild animals found in industrialised countries. The presence of this unexpectedly high level of lead in Amazonian wildlife poses a health risk for the local population, which relies on subsistence hunting.

The researchers also demonstrated that the main sources of lead are the extended use of lead-based ammunition, as well as pollution related to oil extraction. The toxic compounds entered the trophic chain mainly with the advance of oil extraction activities.


Wildfires – Nevada, USA

Lightning sparked more than a dozen wildfires in northeast Nevada over the weekend and forecasters are warning more are likely as thunderstorms move back into the region later this week.

Three of the fires each have burned more than 4 square miles (10 sq. kilometers) of mostly remote rangeland, including the Goose Fire near the Nevada-Idaho line about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Jackpot. Another fire in the Ruby Mountains about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Elko forced the closure of a highway and evacuation Sunday night.

But there were no evacuations in place as of Monday. No injuries have been reported or structures damaged.

Wildfires – Montana, USA

The Horsefly Fire and Snow Creek Fire erupted on Monday after a weekend of active wildfires. The Horsefly Fire is between Flesher Pass and Lincoln and burned more than 1,500 acres on Monday alone. Evacuations have been ordered for some homes in the immediate area. The Snow Creek Fire located in the Bob Marshall Wilderness also showed explosive growth on Monday, with the smoke plume extending more than 100 miles east of the Rocky Mountain Front. A hot and windy day allowed these fires to develop and spread very quickly, along with the fact that they are burning in heavy beetle killed timber areas.


Dengue Fever – Philippines

Philippines Health Secretary, Francisco Duque III has declared a national dengue epidemic due to continuous increasing number of dengue cases in different regions in the country. From January to July this year 146,062 cases of dengue in the whole Philippines have already been recorded. In addition, 622 deaths have been reported.

African Swine Fever

The African swine fever (ASF) outbreak in Vietnam has spread significantly since the first outbreak was reported on 19 February 2019. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reported last week that a total of 62 provinces/cities reported outbreaks, about 3,700,000 pigs have died from the disease or been culled.

Measles – DR Congo

Since our last report on the measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the end of June, the outbreak total has increased by some 17,000 cases. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), from 1 January to 21 July 2019, a total of 137,154 suspected measles cases including 2,581 deaths (case fatality ratio 1.9%) have been reported from 455 (88%) out of 519 health zones across all 26 provinces of the DRC.