Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits Bali, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits Kyrgyzstan.

5.2 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 06w (Danas), located approximately 587 nm south-southwest of Kadena AFB, is tracking west-northwestward at 12 knots.

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Myanmar – Torrential monsoon rains and rising river levels have caused flooding. In Kachin State, according to the State Government, more than 6,200 people have been evacuated to 39 sites in Myitkyina, Bhamo and Shwegu townships as of 13 July. Rakhine, Chin and Mon states are also being hit by floods.

Pakistan – Heavy rains triggered flash floods in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, leaving at least 22 people missing and feared dead. The flooding late Sunday also caused a great deal of destruction and damage in the village of Lesswa in Neelum Valley. Rescue workers had been unable to find the 22 people swept away by the waters.

Global Warming

Lake Malawi – Empty Nets

Declining fish numbers in the 20 000 square kilometre Lake Malawi appear to be the result of overfishing and climate change.

The many communities living around the Lake depending on the fishing for food and livelihood are facing a collapse of their lifestyle.

The number of fish caught has decreased by up to eighty percent, while environmental changes make the fishing more difficult. Strong winds and heavy rainfall are new factors affecting the fishermen. Moreover, unsustainable overfishing has also reduced the catches.

There was no attempt by authorities to regulate the exploitation of the natural resource.

The number of fishermen has also doubled in the last ten years due to the lack of other jobs in the country.

Malawi’s agriculture-based economy is sharply vulnerable to climatic events and increasingly entrenched poverty heightens pressure on the environment.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Russia

Firefighters are extinguishing around 160 wildfires on a total area of almost 155,000 hectares across Russia, the press service of the Federal Aerial Protection Service reported on Monday. The day before the area affected by fires amounted to 144,500 hectares.

“As of 00:00 Moscow time on July 15, 2019, 160 forest fires were raging on a total area of 154,940 hectares, including 40 fires in the Krasnoyarsk Region (70,771 hectares) and 40 fires in the Irkutsk Region (45,307 hectares). Work to extinguish them was in progress,” the press service said.

Large fires have been registered in the Magadan Region, the Chukotka Autonomous Region, Kamchatka, the Trans-Baikal Region and Buryatia. The firefighting effort involves more than 3,300 people and 428 pieces of equipment. As many as 72 aircraft are monitoring the situation and 35 extinguish fires. A total of 50 wildfires on a total area exceeding 3,300 hectares have been extinguished over the past 24 hours.

Disease

Dengue Fever – Singapore

Officials in Singapore recorded the most dengue fever cases in a week in three and one half years last week, according to data from the National Environment Agency (NEA). 666 dengue cases were reported in the week ending 13 Jul 2019, 73 cases more than in the previous week.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

6.0 earthquake hits western Australia.

5.1 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Sumbawa, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Gulf of Aden.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Barry is located about 80 mi…125 km wsw of Little Rock Arkansas with maximum sustained winds…25 mph…35 km/h. Present movement…n or 360 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

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Hungary – Reports have emerged that devastating storm cells hit Eastern Hungary on 27 June afternoon, leaving 80 settlements affected by damages caused by strong wind and heavy rainfall. According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), 2,560 rooftops (160 public and 2,400 private properties) were damaged. Trees fell on electrical aerial cables and caused blackouts in 93 settlements leaving more than 50,000 households without electricity for two or more days.

Nepal – Update -Flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall have killed at least 45 people in Nepal in the past few days, with more deaths reported across the Himalayan border in India, officials said Sunday. At least 31 others are missing in Nepal, either swept by swollen rivers or buried by mudslides since delayed monsoon rains began pounding the region Friday. he center said nine key highways remained blocked by floods and mudslides and attempts are underway to open them up for traffic. Among them is the East-West Highway that connects the country’s southern districts. Other roads were being cleared by thousands of police and soldiers. Continuing bad weather has grounded helicopter rescue flights. Workers were also repairing fallen communication towers to restore phone lines. Twenty-eight people have been treated for injuries and more than 1,100 others rescued from flooded areas. More than 10,000 people are estimated to have been displaced.

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Louisiana, USA – Tropical Depression Barry is still expected to bring as much as 6 to 12 inches of rain over south-central Louisiana as the slow-moving storm progresses. Areas in the Lower Mississippi Valley could see 4 to 8 inches and as much as 12 inches in some locations. More than 11 million people are under flash flood watches between the Gulf Coast and the southern midwest.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Greenland

Satellites spotted another bushfire in western Greenland this week. The blaze first showed up on Wednesday. Fire crews were able to smother the flames according to the Greenlandic Broadcasting Corporation, but forecasts from the European Commission’s Global Wildfire Information System shows that the risk of fires remains high to very high over the next week in western Greenland.

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Disease

Ebola – DR Congo

Ebola continues to soreadin the DR Congo. Today, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ministry of Health reported the first Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) case in the city of some 1 million people, the capital of North Kivu, Goma.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.3 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

6.6 earthquake hits Western Australia.

5.8 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.5 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

Two 5.3 earthquakes hit Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Greece.

5.1 earthquake hits the Galapagos Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Biak region, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the western Mediterranean Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Western Australia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Barry is located about 80 mi…125 km sse of Shreveport Louisiana with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 335 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression Four-E is located about 455 mi…730 km sw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

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India – Heavy monsoon rains in India’s northeast Assam state displaced more than a million people from their homes and flash floods killed at least 10 in the past 72 hours, state authorities said on Saturday, warning the situation could worsen in coming days. The Brahmaputra river, which flows from the Himalayas into India and then through Bangladesh, has burst its banks, swamping more than 1,800 villages in the state. Torrential rains have affected at least 25 of Assam’s 32 districts and the federal water resources body said water levels in the Brahmaputra were expected to rise, with more rains forecast over the next three days.

USA – Hurricane Barry crept onto the shores of Louisiana west of flood-weary New Orleans on Saturday, drawing cautious optimism from city residents who saw little rainfall from the storm as of evening, and from officials in western coastal parishes that were drenched and battered but had prepared for much worse. After a brief life as a Category 1 hurricane, Barry was downgraded to a tropical storm as it made landfall and continued to weaken. But the threat of flooding brought on by the storm’s incessant rain remained high, particularly in and around Baton Rouge, as the system churned north.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Italy

Firefighters are battling wildfires on multiple fronts in southern Italy, including one blaze in Puglia that left at least one person dead. Firefighters said Saturday they had sent up three Canadair aircraft to dump water on a wildfire raging in Tortoli, Sardinia, that forced the evacuation of a beach and some homes. Canadairs were also deployed over a forest in Puglia’s Gallipoli, near a beach and a protected park. Firefighters said a burned body was discovered during land-based operations.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits northwest of the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.8 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.6 earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

5.2 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Sumbawa, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the DR Congo.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Barry is located about 55 mi…90 km sw of Morgan City Louisiana and about 165 mi…260 km w of the mouth of the Mississippi river with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 300 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression Four-E is located about 420 mi…680 km s of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…nw or 305 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h

NewsBytes:

Nepal – Seventeen people have been killed while seven have been missing due to floods and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall in different parts of Nepal during the past two days.

Louisiana, USA – Almost 10,000 residents in Louisiana have been given a mandatory evacuation order as Tropical Storm Barry swells the Mississippi River to historic levels. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) predicted that the storm, which is slowly approaching the Gulf Coast, could elevate river levels to the highest they have been since the year 1927. New Orleans’ Bourbon Street and Royal Street in the historic French Quarter are among the areas that have experienced significant flooding after 8 inches of rain fell during a three hour period on Wednesday.

Wildlife

Wildfires disrupt moth-flower relationships, increasing risk of extinctions

New research in Portugal suggests wildfires disrupt unique relationships between flowers and the specialized moths that pollinate them.

In the wake of wildfire, wildflowers take advantage of an ecosystem cleared of larger plant species. Post-fire wildflower blooms prove a boon to daytime pollinators like bees and butterflies, but new research showed moths, which visit flowers at night, aren’t so lucky.

When scientists surveyed moths from sites across Portugal, they found the insects carry a surprising amount of pollen. In the spring, 95 percent of the moths captured and analyzed were carrying pollen. Scientists also found the pollen of 80 percent of the native flower species being carried by surveyed moths.

However, pollen levels measured on moths caught in areas recently scorched by wildfire were five times lower than moths found in fire-free areas.

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