Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits the Gulf of Aden.

5.4 earthquake hit southern Iran.

5.4 earthquake hits the island of Hawaii, Hawaii.

5.3 earthquake hits the south east Indian Ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.1 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 11w (Son-Tinh), located approximately 173 nm southeast of Hanoi, Vietnam, is tracking eastward at 04 knots.

Tropical Storm (td) 12w (Ampil), located approximately 130 nm northwest of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 21 knots.

Tropical depression (td) 13w (Thirteen), located approximately 239 nm southeast of Taipei, Taiwan, is tracking northeastward at 15 knots.

Tropical storm 14w (Fourteen), located approximately 338 nm east of Minami Tori Shima, is tracking north-northeastward at 08 knots.

Tropical depression (td) 15w (Fifteen), located approximately 277 nm north-northwest of Ulithi, is tracking north-northwestward at 14 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Invest 90E is an area of disturbed weather in the eastern Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.


India – The death toll in rain-related incidents in Kerala has gone up to 41 since the onset of monsoon on 29 May. As many as 1.18 lakh people have taken refuge in 606 relief camps across Kerala, as rains continued to batter several parts of the state.

Vietnam – At least 10 people have died after floods spurred by Typhoon rains struck central and northern Vietnam, authorities said on Saturday. Typhoon Son Tinh – the third tropical storm to hit Vietnam since the start of the year – made landfall on Wednesday night, damaging infrastructure and crops through Thanh Hoa and Nghe An provinces. Heavy rains have continued in the wake of the typhoon, unleashing floods and landslides across vast areas of the country, including in the capital Hanoi.


Wildfires – Washington, Oregon, USA

Wildfires erupted July 19 and 20 across Eastern Washington, burning tens of thousands of acres and closed major highways. A wildfire in Kittitas County has burned 70,000 acres and closed eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 near Vantage. The Boylston fire is among several that are scorching scrubland and wheat fields in Eastern and central Washington, and Eastern Oregon.

Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

People living in nearly 1,000 homes have either been forced to evacuate or must be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice as wildfires rip through British Columbia’s scenic Okanagan region. A lightning storm hit the popular tourist area in B.C.’s southern Interior earlier this week, sparking multiple wildfires including one major blaze that has grown to 10 square kilometres.


Dengue Fever – Philippines

The city of Baybay, Leyte, south of Tacloban has declared a state of health emergency earlier this week due to an increase in dengue fever cases, according to the Philippine News Agency. According to regional health officials, 170 cases have been reported, including three fatalities.

Cholera outbreak stalks Cameroon

The Government of Cameroon says 53 cases of cholera have been confirmed across three regions close to the border with Nigeria since the disease outbreak was reported on May 18. In its latest epidemiological update, the government identified the cholera strain as vibrio cholerae 01 sero-type Inaba. It is widely believed to have come from Nigeria where cholera remains endemic in a number of states.

STI’s – France

Between 2012 and 2016, the number of new diagnoses of Chlamydia and gonococcal infections is increasing, according to the results of the LaboIST1 survey published by Public Health France. In fact, data show that the number of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea diagnoses in 2016 has tripled compared to 2012.

Rift Valley Fever Warning – Kenya

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a travel alert for people going to Kenya due to a Rift Valley fever outbreak. Health officials have reported an ongoing outbreak of RVF in Kenya that began in June 2018.

Anthrax – Queensland, Australia

A case of anthrax in cattle was confirmed in the Dirranbandi-St George area in early July 2018. This detection is the fourth incident in cattle in the region since 2016. Animal owners in southern Queensland – particularly in the Dirranbandi to St George area – should be alert to anthrax and the risks to humans and livestock.