Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.7 Earthquake hits Fiji.
5.3 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.
5.1 Earthquake hits the Flores Sea.
5.1 Earthquake hits the Ceram Sea, Indonesia.
5.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
Earthquake and Tsunami in Greenland
A tidal wave struck a settlement on the northwest coast of Greenland late on Saturday. As a result of an earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter Scale, a tsunami-like wave and flooding struck a remote hamlet about 30 km from the village of Nuugaatsiaq in Greenland two days ago. The authorities are now busy evacuating the inhabitants, and so far 39 out of the village’s estimated 100 residents have been taken to Uummanaq. Reports indicate there have been a number of people killed, but so far the police have not released any casualty figures.
Wildfires – Portugal – Update
More than 1 000 firefighters were still battling Monday a giant forest fire that swept through central Portugal at the weekend, killing at least 62 people.
Portugal’s national route 236 was transformed into a road of hell as the ferocious blaze ripped through the wooded countryside around the epicentre in Pedrogao Grande.
Although the searing temperatures in Portutal had dropped slightly on Monday, the fire was still raging, spreading to neighbouring regions of Castelo Branco and Coimbra.
Firefighters were continuing a grim search for bodies, with Costa warning on Sunday that the death toll could still rise.
Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China
The China National Health and Family Planning Commission reported an additional five human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9), including one death during the week of Jun. 9 through 15.
Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.4 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.
5.3 Earthquake hits near the coast of Nicaragua.
5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.
5.0 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.
5.0 Earthquake hits near the coast of western Turkey.
5.0 Earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.
5.0 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
There are no current tropical storms.
Malaysia – Hundreds of vehicles were left stranded at Batu 16 near Kampung Kundang here as roads were cut off following a flash flood this afternoon. Hundred of families are believed to have affected by the floods.
Toronto, Canada – Tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings came and went in Toronto and York Region June 17, bringing heavy rain and strong winds in some areas, and stormy weather continues to threaten York. Severe thunderstorms producing localized flooding and several brief power outages during the day.
India – Massive landslides and floods triggered by incessant rains continue leaving thousands homeless in the North East and taking the death toll to 20. On Saturday six people were killed, one missing and at least nine injured after incessant rains triggered landslides across Meghalaya, an official said.
Wildfires – Portugal
A raging wildfire killed 57 people and injured dozens more in Portugal, with some victims burned to death in their cars as they tried to flee.
At least 59 people were injured in the blaze Saturday, including four firefighters and a child. Some were hospitalized in serious condition Sunday. Some victims got stuck in their cars and on the side of the road in what officials described as the “greatest wildfire tragedy of recent years.” The blaze spread Saturday onto Pedrogao Grande town, forcing residents to try and leave the town to escape towering flames.
Firefighters were still fighting the flames Sunday.
Wildfires – California, USA
An explosive wildfire Saturday quickly blackened more than 1,000 acres and destroyed two outbuildings at Castaic Lake, where firefighters toiled in hot and dry weather to prevent the flames from advancing. Access to fight the fire was limited, but fixed wing aircrafts and boats were brought in to fight the flames. Helicopters syphoned water from the lake to make drops on the flames.
Yemen – Cholera death toll tops 1000
Since 27 April 2017, more than 151,400 suspected cholera cases and 1,054 associated deaths have been reported in 20 of the 23 governorates in Yemen, according to the World Health Organization country office in Yemen today.
New York City – Legionnaires Disease
The New York City (NYC) Health Department is investigating a cluster of seven cases of Legionnaires’ disease among persons who reside in the Lenox Hill area of Manhattan in the last 11 days. All persons were hospitalized, and there has been one death.
Ukraine – Botulism
The number of botulism cases reported in Ukraine during the past three months has risen to 62, according to the Deputy Minister of Health of Ukraine on European integration Oksana Sivak. Of this total, nine have died. Dried fish, both home prepared and commercially prepared has been linked to most of the botulism cases.
Italy – Measles
Through June 11, Italy has reported 2,988 confirmed measles cases in 2017. Of that number, 89 percent of those infected were unvaccinated.
About a month after the Italian government made childhood vaccines compulsory for the country’s schools, some regions in the country’s north are challenging the decree. The regional government in Veneto said on Tuesday that its lawyers were preparing to challenge the decree in Italy’s Constitutional Court, and that the legal challenge would be ready in around two weeks.