Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits Tajikistan.

5.2 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Depression Two-E is located about 750 mi…1210 km SW of the southern tip of Baja California maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h. Hazards affected land – none.

Invest 94E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.


Alaska – Officials are keeping a close eye on a glacier outburst flood in Juneau, where a campground has already been evacuated because of rising water.

Philippines – After an hour of rain in Cebu, several areas in the province were flooded on Friday, July 1. State weather agency Pagasa issued a thunderstorm warning over several cities and municipalities in Cebu. Waist-deep floods were reported on in several areas in Cebu City. The floods triggered vehicular gridlock at intersections throughout the city.

India – At least 30 people have lost their lives in northern India due to heavy flooding and landslides caused by torrential rain, officials say.

Nature – Images

Interesting Images

Bright blue auroras at Jupiter’s north and south poles are putting on a veritable fireworks show just before the July 4 arrival of the Juno probe.



Zika Virus – Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau has confirmed its first three cases of the Zika virus in a group of islands off the mainland and has set up an emergency committee to stop further transmission of the disease, the government said on Friday.


Wildfires across the West

Southern California

The fire 45 miles east of San Diego which killed two people erupted near the town of Potrero on June 19 and forced extensive evacuations as it spread rapidly over several days, destroying five homes and 11 outbuildings while growing to nearly 12 square miles. It’s 97 percent contained. Mop-up and investigation of the cause continued.

In the southern Sierra Nevada, a fire that also killed two people and destroyed communities as it spread over nearly 73 square miles near Lake Isabella was 80 percent contained. A final tally counted 285 homes destroyed along with an AT&T microwave cell hub. Twelve residences were damaged. Two shelters remained open but all evacuations have been lifted. The cause of the fire, which erupted June 23, remained under investigation.

Northern California

A wildfire that charged through inaccessible terrain and climbed out of a steep canyon along the middle fork of the American River has now charred about two square miles.

At least 400 homes about 50 miles northeast of Sacramento have been evacuated. The fire is threatening some than 2,600 homes, businesses and other structures. No damage to structures or injuries had been reported as of Thursday. The fire was 12 percent contained.


A wildfire burning through grass and sagebrush in the Boise foothills has destroyed a house and an outbuilding, but no injuries have been reported. Officials say the fire started around midnight Wednesday and has consumed more than 2 square miles. Several thousand homes were threatened, and voluntary evacuations were in place, but few residents used a shelter. Aircraft started dropping retardant early Thursday and the active part of the blaze has been stopped. About 140 firefighters are battling the blaze.


A wildfire burning on national forest land in southwestern Montana grew to 1.5 square miles on Thursday, mostly due to a burnout Wednesday afternoon that was intended to prevent the fire from spreading toward the community of Darby. Residents in 200 homes remained on notice to prepare for possible evacuation.

The lightning-caused fire began at about noon on June 24 and is burning in steep, dangerous terrain about 10 miles south of Hamilton. Thunderstorms with gusty winds were forecast for Thursday afternoon and evening.

Fire information officer Kimberly Nelson says the northwestern part of the fire is burning into a wilderness area, where it is unsafe to put firefighters on the ground. Nelson says there are 136 firefighters working the fire and six aircraft are available to dump water and retardant.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Pavlof (Alaska Peninsula, USA): The alert level of the volcano was raised (yellow on the USGS 4 color scale) as a new phase of activity could have started. Seismic activity increased this morning and minor steam emissions were observed from the summit crater. AVO raised the Aviation Color Code to Yellow and the Volcano Alert Level to ADVISORY.