Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.6 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

6.2 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.6 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.4 earthquake hits northern Qinghai, China.

5.2 earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Luzon in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore Valparaiso, Chile.

5.0 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits northern Qinghai, China.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 010e (Ten), located approximately 904 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 01 knot.

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Newsbytes:

Afghanistan – Over 30 people have died and many are missing after heavy rain caused flash flooding in parts of Afghanistan. Flash flooding struck in the norther Parwan Province on 13 August 2022 following heavy rainfall. Affected districts include Ghorband (also known as Syagird) and Shinwari. Flooding has also impacted areas of Logar Province in the last few days. Afghan Red Crescent reported at least 1 fatality, 3 injured and over 80 houses damaged or destroyed, along with wide areas of agricultural land.

Sudan – The number of fatalities caused by ongoing floods in Sudan has climbed steeply according to an update by Sudan Civil Defence and the United Nations. As of 13 August that 52 people have now died and another 25 have been injured since the beginning of the rainy season. As of 14 August 2022, the estimated number of people affected by heavy rains and floods since May is about 136,000 people. Torrential rains and floods destroyed about 8,900 houses and damaged another 20,600 in 12 states.

Nigeria – Officials in the state of Jigawa, northern Nigeria, report as many as 50 people have lost their lives in floods triggered by torrential rains. Severe flooding struck in several Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Jigawa after heavy rain from 01 August 2022. At least 7 people lost their lives as a result. Heavy rain and flooding has continued to affect areas of the state since then. On 14 August 2022, officials report that 50 people have now lost their lives and thousands of homes have been damaged leaving many displaced.

Mexico – At least 3 people have died after further flooding in the state of Sonora, Mexico, authorities report. Flash flooding struck in the city of Nogales, close to the border with Arizona, USA, following a storm on 13 August 2022. A total of 12 vehicles were swept away by flooding in different parts of the city, while around 7 homes suffered flood damage. Landslides were also reported in the area.

Chad – Weeks of heavy rain have caused significant damage and over 20 fatalities in different regions of Chad, including the capital N’Djamena. Since June, storms, heavy rain and flooding have affected 3,477 households (over 17,000 people) and destroyed 1,312 houses. Further more at least 22 people have lost their lives and 229 have been injured. As much as 160 mm of rain fell in 24 hours in N’Djamena on 02 August 2022. As many as 480 houses were destroyed and 789 damaged. In total 3,641 households were affected.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Spain

A large wildfire in northeast Spain grew rapidly overnight and was burning out of control Sunday, forcing the evacuation of eight villages and 1,500 people in Zaragoza province, firefighters said. The wildfire, which began Saturday, developed a 50-kilometer (31-mile) perimeter in less than 24 hours, the local forest chief said. It’s estimated burned surface could be up to 8,000 hectares (20,000 acres).

Wildfires – California

The Six Rivers fire, burning more than 16,900 acres in Trinity and Humboldt counties, is just 15% contained Sunday, according to fire officials.

The McKinney fire, which claimed the lives of four people, remains 95% contained after burning 60,000 acres. Some evacuation orders had been lifted, but many others remained in effect particularly around Highway 96.

Wildfires – Australia

Western Australia’s emergency services issued a bushfire warning on Sunday for an out of control blaze around Mokine in the Shire of Northam, 71 km east of the state capital Perth that was threatening homes and lives. Residents were advised to leave their homes and seek safer areas.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.7 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.4 earthquake hits eastern Qinghai, China.

5.4 earthquake hits the Sea of Okhotsk.

5.4 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.3 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.2 earthquake hits south of Africa.

5.1 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 09w (Meari), located approximately 203 nm south-southeast of Misawa, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 25 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 010e (Ten), located approximately 900 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 05 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Nevada, USA – Two people are dead after heavy rain poured into Las Vegas casinos and flooded streets Thursday night in the wettest monsoon season in a decade, according to Clark County officials.

Global Warming

Antarctic Ice in Retreat

Sea ice surrounding Antarctica reached its lowest extent on record for July, according to data from Europe’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).

A record low coverage was also reached in June, following several months of below-average extent. C3S says Antarctic sea ice covered just 15.3 million square km in July, or 7% below the 1991-2020 average for the month. The floating ice had steadily increased from 1979 until a general decline began after a record high coverage was reached in 2014.

Wildfires

Wildfires – UK

As parts of England officially enter drought, wildfires are smouldering across the country. Images howed smoke billowing over Hollow ponds, near Leytonstone in east London. Videos also showed a fire burning on the side of the A30 in Cornwall, and smoke drifting above Poole harbour from a fire on Studland heath.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.3 earthquake hits the central Mediterranean Sea.

5.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Panay in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 09w (Meari), located approximately 78 nm west-southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 13 knots.

In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone 03a (Three), located approximately 252 nm southwest of Karachi, Pakistan, is tracking west-southwestward at 10 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Niger – Flooding brought by seasonal heavy rains has continued to cause widespread damage in Niger, where 27 people have now died and almost 60,000 affected. Over 6,000 homes have been destroyed. Maradi, the second largest city in Niger, recorded 94 mm of rain in 24 hours to 21 July. The city of Dosso in the south-west corner of Niger saw 95 mm of rain in 24 hours to 04 August. In a report of 08 August 2022 by the United Nations, a total of 27 people have died as a result of flooding and heavy rain in Niger since the start of the rainy season.

Sudan – The rainy season continues to its toll on communities in Sudan, where over 80,000 people have now been affected and 25 have lost their lives. Around 30,000 people were affected after flooding struck in Azum and Gharb Jabal Marrah localities in Central Darfur during the first week of August 2022. As many as 5,892 houses have been destroyed.

Venezuela – Flooding has affected hundreds of people across the states of Barinas, Táchira and Miranda in Venezuela over the last few days. Dozens of families have been displaced after homes were damaged or destroyed. In Barinas state, the Socopó River broke its banks flooding wide areas of Socopó municipality from 09 August 2022. Nine homes were destroyed or severely damaged. At least 53 families have been forced to evacuate. In total around 2,300 residents have been affected. Around 140 families were affected and 28 houses damaged or destroyed after severe flooding in Capacho Viejo municipality in Táchira state, close to the border with North Santander Department of Colombia. Meanwhile around 120 homes were damaged in the municipality of Sucre, in the state of Miranda, close to Caracas, Venezuela’s capital.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Hawaii

The Leilani Fire started in the US Army’s Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island and was mapped July 22 at 2,362 acres. Recent strong winds and extremely dry conditions have helped it spring back to life and was reported Thursday evening to be 25,000 acres.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Guerrero, Mexico.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 09w (Nine, located approximately 314 nm south-southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 05 knots.

In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone 03a (Three), located approximately 199 nm south-southwest of Karachi, Pakistan, is tracking westward at 07 knots.

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Environment

Unhealthy Rainwater

It is no longer safe to drink rainwater anywhere on the planet, even in the most remote areas around the poles and high on the Tibetan Plateau, according to a new Stockholm University and ETH Zurich study.

Researchers found rainwater is adulterated with fluorine-based PFAS, which accumulate in the body and are very slow to degrade. They are used in nonstick pans, firefighting foam, water-repellent clothing and scores of other products. The contamination of rainwater “greatly exceeds” safety levels virtually everywhere on Earth. “I’m not saying that we’re all going to die of these effects. But we’re in a place now where you can’t live anywhere on the planet and be sure that the environment is safe,” said Ian Cousins of Stockholm University.

Global Warming

Rate of Arctic Warming Underestimated

The Arctic has warmed nearly four times faster than the rest of the planet during the last 40 years, according to research published on Thursday that suggests climate models are underestimating the rate of polar heating.

An Arctic Council working group based in Troms, Norway, had reported in May 2021 that the increase in average Arctic surface temperature between 1971 and 2019 was 3.1 degrees Celsius (5.58 degree Fahrenheit), about three times higher than the global average.

Meanwhile the Eurasian sector of the Arctic Ocean, near the Svalbard and Novaya Zemlya archipelagos, has warmed as much as 1.25C (2.25F) per decade – seven times faster than the rest of the world.

Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 49.0 degrees Celsius (120.2 degrees F) at Hofuf, Saudi Aranbia.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 72.0 degrees Celsius (-97.6degrees F) at the Vostok, Antarctica.

Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.