Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.8 earthquake hits the southwestern Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.3 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.1 earthquake hits the mid-Indian ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Ireland – Wexford County Council said late on Saturday night that people should stay off the roads and only travel “unless absolutely essential” as parts of the county were hit by flash flooding. Bridgetown experienced the “worst flooding since 1959” on Saturday, prompting a significant response from multiple emergency service agencies.

Environment

Unrelenting Heat

Simultaneous heat waves are now seen seven times more frequently in summer around the Northern Hemisphere than in the 1980s.

Washington State University scientists found that concurrent heat waves the size of some medium-size countries also grew hotter and larger during the period. The team said the heat waves occurred on almost all of the 153 warm days from May through September somewhere in the middle and high latitudes. “More than one heat wave occurring at the same time often has worse societal impacts than a single event,” said Cassandra Rogers.