Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.5 earthquake hits southern Idaho, USA.

5.3 earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Aisen, Chile.


Wildfires – Idaho, USA

Firefighters appear to be getting an upper hand on three wildfires that scorched more than 17,000 acres in Eastern Idaho over the weekend. None of the three fires burning threatened any structures nor prompted any evacuations. Still, the largest fires, located near Aberdeen and Raft River, spread exponentially on Saturday and Sunday as they were driven by high winds created by thunderstorms.


Wildfires – Oregon, USA – Update

The Terwilliger Fire on the Willamette National Forest has grown to about 5,400 acres, authorities said Sunday as winds blew wildfire smoke into the Bend area and once again caused unhealthy air quality levels.

Stubblefield Fire – The fire is currently 95% contained and is 54,221 acres.

Lonerock Fire – This fire is now 95% contained and 5,056 acres.

Jennie’s Peak – This fire is 90% contained and 45,956 acres.

Wildfires – Idaho, USA

As the Wapiti Fire in Boise County continues to grow, four cabins and one outbuilding have been destroyed in the 6,190-acre blaze, according to officials. The fire, outside Grandjean, started on Saturday afternoon.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.4 Earthquake hits offshore Oaxaca, Mexico.

5.4 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.4 Earthquake hits near the south coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquakes hit offshore Oaxaca, Mexico.

5.2 Earthquake hits Jujuy, Argentina.

5.1 Earthquake hits southern Idaho, USA.

Two 5.0 Earthquakes hit offshore Oaxaca, Mexico.

Mexico – The death toll from the 8.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Mexico continues to rise. The majority of the deaths were in Oaxaca state, where homes and buildings collapsed. Oaxaca’s governor said Saturday that 71 people had died in his state. Mexico’s interior ministry has also reported 15 deaths in the state of Chiapas and four in the state of Tabasco. A tsunami was confirmed in Mexico, with one wave coming in at 5.8 feet (1.75 meter), according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Tsunami warnings were issued as far away as New Zealand and Vanuatu.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits North Korea.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits southern Idaho.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of Nicaragua.

5.1 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits east of the Kuril islands.


Wildfires – Idaho, USA

The out-of-control wildfire in rural eastern Power County near Pocatello grew from 3 000 acres to the shocking size of 30,000 acres on Saturday, destroying structures, threatening homes and causing evacuations.

In addition the air quality in Pocatello was declared to be unhealthy, meaning that even healthy people may start to feel adverse health effects because of the excessive wildfire smoke in the Gate City’s air. People with respiratory problems will likely experience even worse health impacts.

Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

Concern is growing as the rapidly-moving Elephant Hill wildfire wreaks more havoc in B.C.’s central interior. The province’s largest single fire has burned more than 110,000 hectares and heavy winds are expected to fan the flames again this weekend.

A local state of emergency has been declared for Copper Desert Country and an evacuation order has been issued for the Deadman Vidette area. There are evacuation alerts in the Tranquille Valley and Hat Creek areas.

Brutal conditions on the front lines of the fire continue to plague the 600-plus crew members battling the blaze.


Wildfires – Idaho, USA

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says a lightning storm ignited multiple fires in Southwest Idaho.

The largest fire to spark during the storm Monday night was estimated at nearly 5 square miles and located northwest of Grandview.

The second largest blaze burned about 2.3 square miles Monday night about two miles east of the Mountain Home Air Force Base.

At least a half dozen smaller fires also started around the area.


Wildfires – Idaho, USA

Fire crews are keeping busy battling several blazes in southwest Idaho. Five fires were started by lightning strikes Sunday evening, including two south of Glenns Ferry and another three south of Hammett.

The fire that has burned the most acres so far is the Kinyon Springs Fire, about 16 miles south of the Glenns Ferry. It burned about 1,466 acres before crews could contain it.

The Sailor Fire, located about 22 miles south of Hammett near the Sailor Creek Day Station, has burned about 363 acres. It also is contained.

Wildfires – Alaska

As of this morning, Alaska has over 25 active wildfires burning throughout the State. Two of those fires are located in Western Alaska, the largest one near the community of Anvik which burned through 90 acres. All the wildfires are small and do not pose a threat to communities. However, with the wildfire season approaching, authorities have cautioned people to be careful during their outdoor activities.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone “Carlos” (04S) turned southwards over the south-west Indian Ocean. Its centre is located approximately 364 km south-west of La Reunion (France).


Afghanistan – The death toll from avalanches and freezing weather conditions across Afghanistan has risen to 191, officials said Friday, as rescue operations were underway in the worst-affected areas. Twenty-two provinces in Afghanistan have been blanketed by days of heavy snowfall, triggering avalanches, destroying buildings and leaving many trapped in their snowbound homes. The worst-hit province is northeastern Nuristan where at least 68 people have been killed. More than 300 people have been injured while more than 500 were rescued in various parts of the country.

Idaho, USA – Much of southern Idaho is in a state of flood warnings and advisories after heavy rain. A number of houses in Elmore Country were flooded due to a swollen creek. Many homeowners resorted to sandbagging their homes. Several raids in the area were closed or blocked by floodwaters.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:


In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone “Carlos” (04S) is moving toward the islands of Mauritius and Reunion and is expected to bring wind gusts of 80 km/h, strengthening in some areas on Monday night. High seas are anticipated. Flood-like situation may also affect the rivers and waterways. People are advised not to venture to these locations and avoid sea excursions. Carlos is moving southward at 9 km/h.


Fiji – Heavy rains from last night until this morning caused flash flooding with more rain forecast throughout the week.

Australia – Rain battered Victoria on Sunday and led to flash flooding, power outages and damages to homes in the Melbourne area. Only 5-10 millimetres of rain is expected on Monday, following on from a wet Sunday that saw up to 33mm in parts of Melbourne and 46mm at Arthurs Seat.

USA – The Wisconsin River has reached flood stage at Portage, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning for Columbia County. The river reaches flood stage at 17 feet. As of 5:45 PM on Sunday, the river was at 17.84 feet.

USA – Ada County Highway District crews worked to clear heavy flooding in the Southfork Subdivision near South Cole and Amity roads in Boise, Idaho. Homeowners placed sandbags around their properties as ACHD trucks worked to pump water from the streets.


Wildfires continue burning in Idaho, Wyoming – USA

The Black Fire, located northwest of Swan Valley, is 770 acres in size, and smoke can be seen from Highway 26 and the communities of Tetonia, Driggs and Victor.

The Carrot Fire, located in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness northeast of Tetonia, is 606 acres in size, while the Lanes Creek Fire, southwest of Freedom, Wyo., is 295 acres.

The Tie Fire, located southwest of Victor, showed some increase in activity on Sunday, but it is still listed at 1,031 acres in size.

Officials say the Tincup Mountain Fire burning northwest of Freedom, Wyo., on the Soda Springs Ranger District showed the most activity over the weekend.Driven by warm temperatures, low humidity and strong winds, that lightning-caused fire is now estimated to be 773 acres in size, officials said, adding that it’s visible from Highway 34.

The lightning-caused Berry Fire, which started within the Grand Teton National Park and spread to the Bridger-Teton National Forest, is now listed at 20,801 acres.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Spain – Strong winds and snow storms across Spain have claimed the lives of at least two female hikers. The two women were found late Sunday in the Tinenca de Benifassa mountain area. The two women along with a man had gone missing on Saturday. A search helicopter rescued the man. The heavy storm left more than 10,000 homes without power in Aragón and Navarra.

Jakarta – Flash flooding in Greater Jakarta has claimed life of a toddler and caused evacuation of hundreds of residents.

Idaho, USA – Snow in eastern Idaho buried three children underneath, resulting in the death of a 2-year-old child Friday night. The disaster occurred in the Mack’s Inn area.

Italy – Heavy storms have claimed lives of at least five people in the Italian peninsula. Italy’s Civil Protection authority has issued further storm warnings across South Lombardy, Veneto, Friuli–Venezia Giulia, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Sardinia, Umbria, Lazio, Abruzzo and Molise.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone 11p (Winston), located approximately 253 nm west of Suva, Fiji, is tracking west-southwestward at 07 knots.


Idaho, USA – About 250 people have been trapped in a massive landslide in the small remote town of Elk City in Idaho County in the United States. The landslide is about 40 feet deep and is blocking approximately 500 feet of the highway.

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Fiji – Fiji began a massive clean-up on Sunday after the most powerful cyclone in the Pacific island nation’s history left a trail of destruction, killing at least five persons and crippling vital infrastructure. The category five super-storm lashed the popular tourist destination overnight Saturday, packing wind gusts approaching 300 kilometres (185 miles) per hour, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre.

Malaysia – Continuous heavy rain in southern Sarawak since Thursday night has left many areas flooded and triggered at least three landslides. The number of flood victims housed at relief centres in the Kuching, Samarahan and Serian divisons have increased to 2,869 people from 486 last night due to intermittent heavy rain in several places since yesterday.


Wildfires – Wyoming, Idaho – USA

Hundreds of Wyoming residents were forced to flee a wind-driven wildfire that destroyed at least 10 homes even as a separate blaze in neighbouring Idaho burned several cabins to the ground and prompted dozens to evacuate, fire managers said Monday.

The fire that broke out Saturday evening in a brush pile at a landfill north of Wyoming’s second-largest city of Casper has charred 10,000 acres of grasslands and trees and led to the evacuation of more than 300 residents, said Bob Fawcett, fire marshal with the Natrona County Fire Protection District.

At least 10 houses and an unknown number of outbuildings have been lost to a blaze fed by winds that gusted up to 60 miles an hour over the weekend amid bone-dry conditions, he said.

That fire and a blaze in southwest Idaho that has destroyed three cabins and forced about 80 people from their homes since igniting Saturday near the small mountain town of Idaho City have come at a time the fire season in the northern Rockies is usually drawing to a close, officials said.


Bluetongue claims about 1,000 Idaho whitetails

Officials in Eastern Washington, Idaho and northeastern Oregon said they were unprepared to make estimates on the toll the continuing bluetongue outbreak plaguing deer in the region was taking on big game. Washington officials still aren’t attempting to take a stab at numbers other than saying it’s the most widespread bluetongue outbreak they’ve documented.

Based on continuing reports of dead deer, Fish and Game officials estimate up to 1,000 whitetails have died from an outbreak of bluetongue, a virus transmitted by gnats that is similar to Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in Idaho alone. It is difficult to get the exact number of diseased or dead animals, but the outbreak is not expected to significantly reduce whitetail populations.

The Clearwater area had a large-scale outbreak of EHD in 2003, and Fish and Game officials estimated up to 10,000 whitetails died. There were smaller local EHD outbreaks in the last five years.

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