Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits the Bismarck Sea.

5.6 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 earthquake hits the Bismarck Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Bismarck sea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane 06e (Felicia), located approximately 1135 nm east of Hilo, Hawaii, is tracking westward at 14 knots.

Tropical depression 07e (Guillermo), located approximately 868 nm south-southwest of San Diego, is tracking westward at 14 knots.

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 09w (In-Fa), located approximately 149 nm southeast of Kadena AFB, is tracking west-northwestward at 10 knots.

Typhoon 10w (Cempaka), located approximately 119 nm west-southwest of Hong Kong, is tracking northwestward at 01 knots.

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Newsbytes:

China – Two reservoir dams failed in locations near Hulunbuir City in the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia, on 17 July 2021. The dams failed after a period of heavy rainfall. Over 200mm of rain fell in some areas, causing dams to fail in 2 separate locations. Nearby areas were flooded and authorities initiated an emergency response, carrying out households checks and search and rescue operations. According to media reports, bridges and roads were destroyed and wide areas of farmland inundated. Over 16,000 people in the area are thought to have ben affected by the floods.

Colombia – Overflowing rivers and flash floods have affected parts of Antioquia Department in northwest Colombia since mid-July 2021. 2 people died after their vehicles was swept away by flash floods in Santo Domingo municipality on 17 July. Meanwhile one person died after heavy rains caused the sudden increase of the Buey river in Montebello Municipality. As many as 36 homes were in danger of collapsing into the river after the floods wiped out around 40 metres of river bank.

Iran – Flash flooding, storms and heavy rainfall have affected 15 provinces of Iran over the last week, causing fatalities, displacements and emergency rescues. 2,578 people were affected, 611 people have been displaced from their homes and 58 people had to be rescued. According to Red Crescent reports, 7 people died in floods while 1 person was killed as a result of lightning strike. Among the fatalities are two people who went missing after vehicles were swept away by flash floods in Baft county, Kerman Province on 17 July.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

Dixie Fire – Cal Fire’s Butte Unit now reports the Dixie Fire at just over 30,000 acres, up from about 19,000 acres as of Sunday evening. Containment remains at 15%.

Tamarack Fire – The Tamarack Fire in Alpine County, which first ignited about two weeks ago by lightning, erupted in size Friday evening, swept by gusty winds. The U.S. Forest Service’s Humboldt-Toiyabe unit said the blaze grew from 500 to 6,600 acres over the course of Friday. It was reported Monday morning at 23,078 acres, still with no containment.

Beckwourth Complex – Containment is growing on the Beckwourth Complex, now reported at 105,348 acres. It is California’s largest wildfire of 2021 so far by acreage. The incident, made up of the Dotta Fire and Sugar Fire, was sparked by lightning in early July, according to the Forest Service.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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