Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

Two 5.6 Earthquakes hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.4 Earthquake hits near the coast of Ecuador.

5.2 Earthquake hits Guatemala.

5.2 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical storm Hagibis is located approximately 146 nm east-northeast of Hong Kong. It has made landfall and weakened significantly. The remnants are forecast to re-emerge over the East China Sea but are not expected to regenerate. The final warning on this system has been issued.

NewsBytes:

South Africa – flooding in Cape Town has affected more than 8,000 people in Khayelitsha, Strand, Vrygrond, Lotus River, Gugulethu, Delft and Philippi areas.

Russia – As Friday the 13th’s luck would have it, a devastating tornado hit the Sakhalin Region in Russia’s Far East, ripping off roofs, knocking down trees and power lines, cutting electricity for nearly 20,000 residents.

Brazil – Two days of near non-stop rain have dumped a month’s worth of precipitation on the World Cup city of Natal, leading to a flood alert and raising worries that the deluge could affect the U.S. team’s debut match against Ghana. No deaths or injuries have been reported in the rains, which began early Friday and abated only on Sunday, dumping in 50 hours as much rain as is usually seen in the northeastern Brazilian city during the entire month of June.

Disease

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update

On 31 May 2014, the National IHR Focal Point of Algeria notified WHO of two laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). This is the first report of laboratory-confirmed cases in Algeria.

Globally, 699 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV including at least 211 related deaths have officially been reported to WHO.

Whooping Cough Epidemic in California

The number of whooping cough cases in California has officially reached epidemic proportions, the California Department of Public Health reported.

Whooping cough, known to doctors as pertussis, has experienced a resurgence this year with more than 3,400 new cases reported between January 1 and June 10, according a statement released by the department.

The department said whooping cough is cyclical, peaking every three to five years. The last big spike in cases was in 2010.

Los Angeles County has experienced around 350 new cases so far this year with Long Beach being hit especially hard. The city has seen more than 90 new infections, making up nearly 20 cases per 100,000 people.

Pertussis is a highly infectious bacterial disease that can be spread by coughing. Symptoms of the disease vary by age group.

Adults can find themselves beset with respiratory problems that can last for weeks, while infants who are too young to be vaccinated are in danger of serious illness or death. The common name for the disease comes from the “whooping” sound children can make when experiencing the violent coughing attacks associated with the disease.

Chikungunya Outbreak in El Salvador

At least 1,200 people have been formally diagnosed with the chikungunya viral disease in El Salvador.

Drought

Drought – USA

Drought Hurts California’s Pistachio Crop – The impact of California’s drought just keeps growing. One large Northern California pistachio producer says its crops are in trouble and you could pay the price.

Late Spring Rains Welcome, But Drought Persists Across Much of Kansas – One long drought settled over Kansas for years. They’ve now had several inches of rain over a few short weeks.

Drought Conditions Ease up in Oklahoma – A new report says drought conditions are improving in Oklahoma, though more than half of the state remains in extreme or exceptional drought. New data from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 17 percent of Oklahoma is in exceptional drought – the most severe classification of drought. That’s down from 21 percent a week ago. 53 percent of the state is in extreme or exceptional drought, primarily in the northern, central and western parts of the state. That’s down from 61 percent last week. About 8 percent of Oklahoma, all in the southeast, is experiencing no drought conditions.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Semisopochnoi volcano (United States, Aleutian Islands) activity update The earthquake swarm at the volcano that started on June 9 and escalated on June 12 continues. No eruptive activity is currently indicated and nothing was observed in cloudy satellite images over the past day. (AVO)

Shishaldin volcano (United States, Aleutian Islands) activity update Low-level eruptive activity continues at Shishaldin, although nothing was observed in cloudy satellite images over the past 24 hours. Web camera views of the volcano were obscured by clouds. (AVO)

Sangeang Api volcano (Indonesia) activity update Small ash emissions continue at the volcano. VAAC Darwin last reported a volcanic ash plume rising to approx. 7,000 ft (2.1 km) and extending 30 nautical miles to the NW on Saturday.

Batu Tara volcano (Sunda Islands, Indonesia) activity update Activity at the volcano is relatively intense at the moment. Several ash plumes rising to 5-7,000 ft (1.5-2.1 km) altitude, originating from stronger-than-normal strombolian explosions, were seen on satellite imagery during the past days.

Kavachi volcano (Solomon Islands) activity update Some intermittent eruptive activity seems to be occurring at the volcano. On 10 June, another spot of discolored water had been visible above the shallow submarine volcano.

Pavlof volcano (Alaska) activity update: eruption decreases Based on seismic data, eruptive activity continues at the volcano according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. However, it has significantly dropped (if not stopped) over the past week. No hot spot is currently visible on satellite imagery. No ash emissions or lava fountains could be detected recently. A weekly alimented lava flow could still be seen on satellite data from 9 June