Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits Guatemala.

5.1 Earthquake hits Tajikistan.

5.1 Earthquake hits Kyrgyzstan.

Two 5.0 Earthquakes hit Tajikistan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.


KZN, South Africa – Paramedics treated eleven people who were injured during a storm in Tugela Ferry in central KwaZulu-Natal on Monday night. Medics had to use 4×4 ambulances to cross swollen rivers to get to the injured. Several dwellings in the rural area had collapsed during the heavy rainfall. Some houses had flood damage, while others, including mud houses and formal brick houses, were completely destroyed by the storm.

Oregon, USA – Monday was the wettest calendar day in recorded history in Portland, and the rain is expected to stick around for days. Nearly 2.7 inches of rain was recorded on Monday which tied a record for one day, from 12:01 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. The previous record was set on Nov. 19, 1996. More rain is forecast for Monday night, and the record was expected to be broken.


Beijing Smog Pollution – Smog Holiday Taken by Residents

Some residents took a smog holiday away from Beijing on Tuesday as the Chinese capital launched restrictions under its first red alert for pollution, closing schools, suspending factories and keeping half the vehicles off the streets.

Although Beijing has in recent years seen smog at much worse levels than Tuesday’s, the latest bout of pollution was the first to trigger a red alert under a 2-year-old system that requires a forecast at the outset of at least 72 hours of consecutive high pollution.

The capital’s hazardous smog has persisted despite the Chinese government’s stated priority of cleaning up the legacy of pollution left from years of full-tilt economic growth. Most of the smog is blamed on coal-fired power plants, along with vehicle emissions, construction and factory work.

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Wildfires – Australia

An emergency warning has been issued for a fast-moving, out-of-control bushfire travelling in a south easterly direction towards Brimboal, Victoria. According to Victoria Emergency, Brimboal could be impacted Tuesday afternoon.

Residents have been advised to leave their homes immediately, before conditions worsen.


Outbreak of flesh-eating skin disease grips ISIS-controlled areas in Syria

The collapse of the medical services in the terrorist-controlled territory of war-torn Syria is responsible for the spread of a flesh-eating virus, known as Leishmaniasis, transmitted through parasites which abundantly munch on corpses dumped in the streets.

Kurdish fighters in Syria claimed the disease was not noticed until Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) influence and atrocities spread across Syria. Leishmaniasis, which is not deadly but leads to disfiguring lesions on the skin, was particularly bad in war-torn parts of Syria.

According to a Kurdish publication the first outbreak of the disease, spread by sand flies, was reported in September 2013, and by mid- 2014 around 500 people had reportedly been affected.

Syria’s healthcare system has been devastated by four years of conflict, as more than half of the public hospitals in the country are unable to provide full service. In ISIS-controlled areas hospitals are understaffed; healthcare workers have been forced to flee for their lives.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Etna (Sicily, Italy): Lava fountaining from the pit crater on the upper New SE cone’s flank continued all day yesterday and fed a lava flow with two branches, the main one headed to the east reaching quickly the Valle del Bove, a lesser one to the NE base of the cone. Activity today has decreased, but lava effusion seems to continue. This is likely only a pause in what is certainly one of Etna’s most interesting eruptive phases in recent years.