Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits Kodiak Island, Alaska.

5.1 earthquake hits south of Panama.

5.0 earthquake hits Poland.

5.0 earthquake hits the western Indian-Antarctic ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Cristina is located about 380 mi…615 km ssw of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

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NewsBytes:

Bulgaria – Areas around Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, were hit by heavy rain, lightning strikes and strong winds during an overnight storm 06 to 07 July. Emergency services received 750 calls for assistance. One person was injured when a roof collapsed. Streets, metro stations, underpasses and buildings were all flooded. The Perlovska River broke its banks flooding roads in the city causing traffic problems and damaging vehicles. The Vladayska River also flooded ​​the districts of Orlandovtsi and Benkovski.

India – Authorities in India report extreme rainfall in Gujarat. India Met Department (IMD) figures show Devbhumi Dwarka District recorded 434 mm of rain on 05 July, with 292 mm falling between 18:00 and 20:00. Seven National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed in Valsad, Navsari, Surat, Porbandar, Dwarka, Rajkot and Kutch. Local media report one person has died in flooding from the Khokhaddadi river near Rajkot City, while another died after a lightning strike in Surendranagar District. Around 100 people have been evacuated in Devbhumi Dwarka District. Heavy rains wreaked havoc in Jamnagar, where the Vartu river has risen rapidly. Two people trapped by flood water had to be rescued by NDRF teams. Heavy rain triggered a landslide in Kaikamba (formerly known as Gurupura Kaikamba) a suburban town of Mangalore in Karnataka on 05 July. India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said 3 houses were badly damaged and 2 people died.

Pakistan – Stormy weather and heavy rain caused havoc in the city of Karachi, Pakistan 06 to 07 July. At least 6 people have died in rain-related incidents. Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) reported 43 mm of rain in Saddar, Karachi, on 07 July. PAF Faisal Base recorded 26mm of rain and Nazimabad 22mm. Local media reported 6 people died in 4 separate incidents after heavy rain caused buildings or walls to collapse.

Global Warming

Thin Arctic Ice

The biggest ever science expedition to the Arctic encountered extremely thin sea ice, which could threaten future efforts to study the region.

A team on board the Polarstern icebreaker ship began drifting last September until their vessel became locked in an ice floe. In the area off the Russian continental shelf where they started their journey, the ice was exceptionally thin compared with what models had predicted for the past two decades. The ice was around 50 centimetres thick, while it had been around 150 to 160 centimetres thick the previous three years.

Wildlife

Spider Boom in Arctic

A new study published in Royal Society Open Science reveals Arctic wolf spiders (pardosa glacialis) are experiencing a baby population boom due to the impact of climate change in the Arctic.

The scientists observed wolf spider populations in the area between 1996 and 2014 and noticed the arachnids were laying many more eggs as the Arctic experienced warmer weather. Female wolf spiders weave their eggs into an egg sac, with each egg sac regarded as a single clutch. The researchers discovered wolf spiders in the Arctic used to lay one clutch of eggs, but laid two clutches a year as the region began to have longer stretches of warmer weather.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Washington, USA

Over 200 firefighters are battling a wildfire that is burning in the Saddle Mountain area of Eastern Washington Tuesday. The fire was sparked on Monday afternoon on the western end of the mountain and has grown quickly. As of Tuesday morning, the fire has burned an estimated 5,760 acres and is just 10% contained.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Ebola – DR Congo

Since our last report on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Equateur province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Friday, the number of total cases has risen from 34 to 41.

West Nile Virus – Florida, USA

Four additional human cases of West Nile virus infection of local transmission have been confirmed in Miami-Dade residents. There has been a total of eighteen West Nile virus infections in 2020.