Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits North Island, New Zealand.

5.1 earthquake hits Puerto Rico.

5.1 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.9 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Two 5.3 earthquakes hit the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits east of North Island, New Zealand.

5.2 earthquake hits east of North Island, New Zealand.

5.2 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits eastern Turkey,

5.1 earthquake hits Puerto Rico.

5.1 earthquake hits east of North Island, New Zealand.

5.0 earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

5.0 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China

5.3 earthquake hits Timor, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits Puerto Rico.

5.2 earthquake hits north of Ascension Island.

5.0 earthquake hits Mendoza, Argentina.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits Puerto Rico.

5.6 earthquake hits the Bouvet Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Puerto Rico.

5.1 earthquake hits northwestern Kashmir.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.4 earthquake hits south of Africa.

5.1 earthquake hits Puerto Rico.

5.1 earthquake hits offshore Jalisco, Mexico.

5.1 earthquake hits the southwest Indian ridge

5.1 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits Puerto Rico.

6.0 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 earthquake hits Nicaragua.

5.2 earthquake hits Potosi, Bolivia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.5 earthquake hits Puerto Rico.

6.2 earthquake hits Simeulue, Indonesia.

5.6 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.5 earthquake hits Puerto Rico.

5.3 earthquake hits south of Sumbawa, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Puerto Rico.

5.1 earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits north of Svalbard.

5.0 earthquake hits Puerto Rico.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits Puerto Rico.

5.4 earthquake hits north of Ascension Island.

5.2 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits southeast of Shikoku, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands of Japan.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits the Prince Edward Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Kepulauan Sangihe, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits Puerto Rico.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits Puerto Rico.

5.9 earthquake hits Pakistan.

5.5 earthquake hits Crete.

5.3 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.3 earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Maria is located about 300 mi…485 km ENE of Great Abaco Island and about 475 mi…765 km SSE of Cape Hatteras North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…N or 350 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Hurricane Lee is located about 875 mi…1410 km E of Bermuda and about 1375 mi…2210 km WSW of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…SE or 140 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Pilar is located about 35 mi…60 km SSW of Cabo Corrientes Mexico and about 115 mi…185 km SSE of Las Islas Marias Mexico with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 335 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical depression 22w (Twenty-two), located approximately 226 nm northeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking west-northwestward at 11 knots.

Newsbytes:

Puerto Rico – The Guajataca Dam in northwest Puerto Rico, built in the 1920’s has collapsed causing “extremely dangerous” flooding. More than 70 000 people are still being evacuated.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Maria is located about 165 mi…270 km ENE of San Salvador and about 340 mi…545 km E of Nassau with maximum sustained winds…120 mph…195 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 345 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Tropical Storm Lee is located about 910 mi…1470 km E of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…N or 360 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

Post-tropical Cyclone Jose is located about 140 mi…225 km SE of Nantucket Massachusetts with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movementSE or 140 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h.

Newsbytes:

Puerto Rico – Emergency officials in Puerto Rico raced on Saturday to evacuate tens of thousands of people from a river valley below a dam in the island’s northwest on the verge of collapse under the weight of flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Some 70,000 people live in a cluster of communities under evacuation downstream from the earthen dam on the rain-swollen Guajataca River. Residents of the area were being ferried to higher ground in buses. The rains sparked by Maria had cracked the dam and could cause fatal flooding.

Philippines – Heavy rains in Negros Occidental triggered by a Low Pressure Area have caused flooding and landslide in portions of Sipalay City on Friday. A three-foot high flood hit Barangay Cartagena causing some families to evacuate.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Maria is located about 70 mi…110 km N of Punta Cana Dominican Republic and about 220 mi…350 km SE of Grand Turk island with maximum sustained winds…115 mph…185 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Tropical Storm Jose is located about 150 mi…240 km SE of Nantucket Massachusetts with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…E or 90 degrees at 2 mph…4 km/h.

Newsbytes:

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Puerto Rico – Hurricane Maria is likely to have “destroyed” Puerto Rico, the island’s emergency director said Wednesday after the monster storm ripped roofs off buildings and flooded homes. Intense flooding was reported across the economically strained U.S. territory, particularly in San Juan, the capital, where many residential streets looked like rivers. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the entire island shortly after 12:30 a.m. ET. Maria battered the northwestern coast of Puerto Rico with sustained winds of up to 115 mph (185 km/h), knocking out power on the entire island.

Thailand – Heavy rain briefly pounded several districts in Bangkok on Wednesday. Phra Khanong was hardest hit by the downpour with 61.5 millimetres of rain. Some roads in 12 districts were flooded before the water drained later in the day. The flood situation remained serious in Kalasin, Phitsanulok and Satun due to the impact of storm Doksuri, which flooded 12 provinces from Friday to Tuesday.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.4 Earthquake hits the western Indian-Antarctic ridge.

5.2 Earthquake hitsTonga.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the west coast of Colombia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Jujuy, Argentina.

5.0 Earthquake hits Puerto Rico.

Disease

Puerto Rico is in the midst of a Zika epidemic

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ArboNET, as of July 7, Zika has been diagnosed in 5,582 people, including 672 pregnant women, in Puerto Rico according to a new report published today in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Positive tests for people with suspected Zika virus infection have increased from 14 percent in February to 64 percent in June. Positive tests through blood supply screening also increased, reaching 1.8 percent during the latest week of reporting, which started on July 3.

Many of the 5,582 people who tested positive for Zika virus infections were tested because they had symptoms of Zika. Because Zika infection during pregnancy can harm the developing fetus, pregnant women in Puerto Rico and other areas where Zika is spreading should be routinely tested during prenatal care whether or not they got sick. Of the 672 pregnant women, 441 (66 percent) experienced symptoms of Zika and 231 (34 percent) had no symptoms. Because approximately 80 percent of people infected with Zika do not have symptoms, the 672 pregnant women with evidence of Zika infection likely represent only a fraction of those who may be infected to date.

In addition, 21 people with confirmed or suspected Guillain-Barré syndrome in Puerto Rico had evidence of Zika virus infection or recent unspecified flavivirus infection, and one person died after developing severe thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet count).

Florida, USA  – Zika Virus

Four cases of Zika infection in Florida are very likely to have been caused by mosquitoes there, the State Department of Health said Friday — the first documented instances of local transmission in the continental United States.

The C.D.C. and Florida officials said that for now, the area of concern is limited to one square mile in the Wynwood neighbourhood of Miami, a gentrifying area with restaurants and art galleries just north of downtown.

Researchers had long predicted that the Zika virus would gain a toehold in the continental United States, most likely in Florida and along the Gulf Coast. While the outbreak is not expected to escalate sharply, its course is uncertain.

None of the four patients in Miami had traveled to Zika-affected areas in Latin America or the Caribbean.