Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits eastern Sichuan, China.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane 06e (Felicia), located approximately 1056 nm south of San Diego, is tracking westward at 09 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Germany – Flooding after torrential rain has caused widespread damage in Germany. Four people have died and dozens are thought to be missing after buildings collapsed in flooding in Rhineland-Palatinate. Flood-related fatalities were also reported in North Rhine-Westphalia and one person was reported missing in Saxony. Two on-duty emergency workers died in separate incidents in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia on 14 July 2021. Meanwhile the nearby city of Hagen declared a state of emergency and called for people to evacuate their homes after the Volme river burst its banks. Severe flooding has also affected the neighbouring state of Rhineland-Palatinate. As of 15 July, rivers in 15 locations were at the highest warning level. Late on 14 July several buildings collapsed in Schuld in the district of Ahrweiler as a result of flooding. As of early 15 July local police confirmed 4 people had died.

India – Days of heavy monsoon rainfall has triggered flooding and several landslides in northern India, affecting the states of Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Rescuers have recovered 6 bodies after landslides in Kangra District in Himachal Pradesh on 12 July 2021. More people are thought to be missing and search and rescue operations are ongoing. Meanwhile flooding from the Manjhi River has caused severe damage in the popular tourist destination of Dharamshala City. As of 12 July, NERC reported over 1 million people affected by flooding in 10 districts in Bihar. As many as 7,400 people were evacuated.

Space Events

Perseid Meteor Shower

Every summer, from July 14 to Aug. 24, the Northern Hemisphere is blanketed with a gleaming barrage of “shooting stars,” or meteors, tiny bits of space rock and dust that burn up in Earth’s atmosphere. The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most famous meteor showers, as the night sky lights up with burning meteors when Earth passes through the dusty remnants left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Washington, USA

Several wildfires are burning in northcentral Washington state, prompting an evacuation order for the town of Nespelem on the Colville Indian Reservation. There were power outages in the area and phone lines are down. About 60 lightning strikes were reported on or near the reservation on Monday, sparking five wildfires.

The largest had burned approximately 15.6 square miles (40 square kilometers) in grass, sagebrush and timber and had zero containment. The fire killed some livestock and wildlife. As of Tuesday morning, seven structures, including three homes, were lost. Seven outbuildings were also lost.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Bird Flu in Humans – China

Hong Kong health officials report monitoring a human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in Sichuan Province on the Mainland. The case involves a 55-year-old man living in Bazhong City in Sichuan Province. The patient is in critical condition. The patient had contact with live domestic poultry before the onset of symptoms. This is the 32nd human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) reported by the Mainland health authorities since 2014.

Mucormycosis in Delhi, Zika in Kerala – India

According to officials figures, till July 6, Delhi had recorded 1,656 mucormycosis cases, including 952 active cases. On March 27, the Delhi government had declared black fungus an epidemic.

An alert has been sounded across Kerala over Zika virus. With four more infections reported on Tuesday, the number of confirmed Zika virus cases in Kerala has now risen to 23 — all the cases have been reported from Thiruvananthapuram.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the Week 7 July – 13 July 2021

Bagana – Bougainville (Papua New Guinea) : Based on satellite and wind model data, the Darwin VAAC reported that on 9 July an ash plume from Bagana rose to 1.8 km (6,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted W.

Krakatau – Indonesia : The Darwin VAAC reported that on 7 July ash plumes from Anak Krakatau rose to 1.5 km (5,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted NW.

Pavlof – United States : At 1140 on 9 July AVO raised the Volcano Alert Level and Aviation colour Code at Pavlof to Advisory and Yellow, respectively, noting that seismicity had increased during the previous 16 hours and was characterized by near-continuous tremor. Seismicity decreased and was more periodic during 10-13 July, but remained above background levels.

Sarychev Peak – Matua Island (Russia) : SVERT reported that on 29 June and 1 July brief ash emissions from Sarychev Peak rose to 3 km (10,000 ft) a.s.l. A weak thermal anomaly identified in satellite data persisted through 12 July; SVERT lowered the Alert Level to Green (the lowest level on a four-colour scale).

Suwanosejima – Ryukyu Islands (Japan) : JMA reported that 96 explosions at Suwanosejima’s Ontake Crater produced eruption plumes that generally rose 2-2.4 km above the crater rim during 5-12 July. Large volcanic bombs were ejected mainly 400 m from the crater and crater incandescence was visible nightly. Eruption sounds were sometimes heard in Toshima village (4 km SSW). An explosion at 0439 on 8 July ejected large bombs 800 m NW and an explosion at 1319 on 12 July produced an ash plume that rose 3 km. The Alert Level remained at 3 and the public was warned to stay 2 km away from the crater.

Taal – Luzon (Philippines) : PHIVOLCS reported that an eruption at Taal continued during 7-13 July. A series of short-lived phreatomagmatic explosions were recorded at 0518, 0847, 0915, 0926, 1156, and 2141 on 7 July and jetted ash plumes as high has 700 m. Another series was recorded at 0647, 1806, 2121, 2150 on 8 July and 0259 on 9 July, jetting ash 200 m high. During 7-13 July daily plumes of steam and sulfur dioxide gas rose 1-1.5 km from the lake and drifted NW, W, and SW. Sulfur dioxide emissions averaged 4,149-11,397 tonnes/day. Low-level background tremor continued with as many as 185 volcanic earthquakes and 44 low-frequency volcanic earthquakes recorded per day. There were also 5-176 daily episodes of volcanic tremor, each lasting between 1 and 97 minutes. The network also detected 2-10 daily hybrid earthquakes during 6-9 July. The DROMIC report stated that 10,408 people were in evacuation centers or private residences by 12 July. The Alert Level remained at 3 (on a scale of 0-5) and PHIVOLCS reminded the public that the entire Taal Volcano Island is a Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) and to not enter the high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel. Activities on Taal Lake were strictly prohibited.