Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.7 earthquake hits south of Panama.
6.0 earthquake hits Panama.
5.6 earthquake hits the Bismarck Sea.
5.2 earthquake hits Vanuatu.
5.2 earthquake hits near the coast of Nicaragua.
5.2 earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.
5.0 earthquake hits northern Peru.
5.0 earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.
5.0 earthquake hits south of Panama.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 09w (In-Fa), located approximately 208 nm south-southwest of Kadena AFB, is tracking westward at 02 knots.
Tropical depression 10w (Cempaka), located approximately 165 nm northeast of Hanoi, Vietnam, is tracking west-southwestward at 06 knots.
Pakistan – Over 20 people have died in rain-related incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in northern Pakistan over the last 10 days. Many of the victims died when heavy rain or floods caused roofs, walls or whole buildings to collapse. This is a regular occurrence in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where fragile or poor housing leaves many communities exposed to severe weather conditions.
Romania – One person has died and dozens evacuated or rescued by emergency services after heavy rain and storms caused flooding and wind damage across parts of Romania over the last few days. Dozens of homes and roads have been flooded as a result of heavy rain from 18 July. IGSU reported 60 people were evacuated in Lerești, Argeș County and 8 in Busteni in Prahova County on 20 July. The previous day 14 people had to be rescued from 6 vehicles trapped in flood water on a road between between Durău and Grințieș in Neamț County. Evacuations were also carried out in Bistra in Alba County. Flooding and landslides have affected Alba County since 15 July. Over thirty homes were flooded and more than 20 people evacuated, mostly in areas around Ocoliş.
Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada
The Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) has declared a state of emergency amid a surge in wildfires that have forced hundreds of people from their homes and could worsen in the coming days. 299 blazes are actively burning across BC, including 18 that were sparked during the previous two days. More than 3,180 firefighters and other staff are fighting fires across the province.
Forty evacuation orders affecting approximately 5,724 people are currently in place, while 69 evacuation alerts – under which residents are told to be ready to leave their homes at a moment’s notice – affecting more than 32,000 people have also been issued.
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Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the Week 14 July – 20 July 2021
Suwanosejima – Ryukyu Islands (Japan) : JMA reported that five explosions at Suwanosejima’s Ontake Crater during 12-19 July ejected bombs as far as 400 m from the crater. Crater incandescence was visible on some nights and ashfall was occasionally reported in Toshima village (4 km SSW). An explosion at 2330 on 12 July produced an ash plume that rose 3.6 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 unrest at Taal continued during 13-20 July. Daily plumes of steam and sulfur dioxide gas rose 0.9-2.1 km from the lake and drifted in multiple directions. Sulfur dioxide emissions averaged 1,142-6,574 tonnes/day. Two tremor events, at 1018 and 1038 on 20 July, were felt at Intensity I by residents of Pira-piraso in the NE sector of Volcano Island. The DROMIC report stated that 3,839 people were in evacuation centers or private residences by 20 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.