Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits northern Colombia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Cristina is located about 535 mi…860 km sse of Manzanilla Mexico with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 295 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

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NewsBytes:

Nepal – Flash floods triggered by heavy rainfall along the Bhotekoshi Corridor in Sindhupalchowk district in Nepal has claimed the lives of two people and left 20 other missing. The swollen Bhotekoshi river swept away more than 30 houses on Wednesday midnight.

Mongolia – 8 people died in flash floods in several parts of the country in the last few days. More heavy rain is expected. Five people died in a flash flood on 03 July 2020 in Bayandalai district (sum/soum) of Ömnögovi Province in the south of the country. On the same day, three people were killed while crossing a river on a motorcycle Erdenetsagaan, Sükhbaatar Province (aimag) in eastern Mongolia. 2,360 homes were flooded in Zuunmod in Töv Province (209 homes flooded), parts of Khövsgöl Province (253) including Murun, and Kherlen in Khentii Province (1,971). Flooding caused damage to livestock, with 7,000 animals killed in the flooding including 5,000 in Töv.

Space Events

Asteroid Close Shave

In June, one huge asteroid flew so close to Earth that at one point of time, it was nearer to the planet than the moon. But surprisingly, astronomers and scientists didn’t realise it until 2 days later! Only on June 7, scientists made this discovery when astronomers in Hawaii first noticed the huge asteroid. Named as asteroid 2020 LD and measuring nearly 100 metres in diameter, the asteroid travelling at a speed of 60,826 miles per hour, came even closer to the earth than the moon on June 5.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Ukraine

Ukrainian officials say that at least five people have been killed and another nine have been injured by wildfires raging in the country’s east. The wildfires triggered by extreme heat and fanned by strong winds have affected several villages and destroyed about 100 houses. The authorities said that more than 1,600 emergency workers have been deployed to combat the fires. They have been joined by 400 soldiers.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Dengue Fever – Singapore

Singapore environmental officials are on the verge of reporting more than 1000 dengue fever cases for the fifth week in a row, as the numbers continue to mount in the city-state. Between July 5 to 8, 887 cases have been reported, sure to surpass 1000 today. The total dengue case count as of now is 16,157.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the Week 1 July 2020 – 7 July 2020

Bulusan | Luzon (Philippines) : PHIVOLCS reported that the seismic network at Bulusan recorded 53 volcanic earthquakes during 3-6 July, including 43 low-frequency events associated with weak shallow hydrothermal or magmatic gas movement. Despite visible degassing or steaming from the active vent in 2020, increased seismicity may still be followed by phreatic activity at the summit or from flank vents. Additionally, GPS data indicated short-term inflation since late February. On 6 July the Alert Level was raised to 1, indicating abnormal conditions, and the public was reminded of the 4-km-radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ). There were 19 volcanic earthquakes recorded during 6-7 July, and diffuse white steam plumes rose from the lower SE vent.

Laguna del Maule | Central Chile-Argentina border : SERNAGEOMIN reported that, although the number and magnitude of earthquakes had decreased during 20-30 June, seismicity at the Laguna del Maule Volcanic Complex continued to remain anomalously elevated at east through 7 July. The location of the activity remained within an area about 5 km in diameter, near the intersection of two faults near Las Nieblas, and corresponded to elevated levels of carbon dioxide emissions. The Alert Level remained at Yellow, the second lowest colour on a four-colour scale; ONEMI recommended restricted access within a radius of 2 km from the emission center.

Nishinoshima | Japan : JMA reported that the eruption at Nishinoshima had been particularly vigorous since mid-June, producing a large amount of ash. Based on satellite data, the Tokyo VAAC reported that during 1-3 and 5-7 July ash plumes rose to 2.7-4.9 km (9,000-16,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted N and NW, and sometimes SW. On 4 July, ash plumes rose to 8.3 km above the summit (or to 24,000-28,000 ft. a.s.l.), the highest recorded plume since the volcano became active in 2013.

Turrialba | Costa Rica : OVSICORI-UNA reported that small ash emissions rose to low heights above the active crater at Turrialba almost daily during 1-7 July; no emissions were recorded on 3 July. A plume of gas and ash rose hundreds of meters at 0900 on 6 July, causing local ashfall.