Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits western Iran.

5.7 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic Ridge.

5.6 earthquake hits eastern Iran.

5.6 earthquake hits Kepulauan Sangihe, Indonesia.

5.5 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.5 earthquake hits the island of Hawaii, Hawaii.

5.2 earthquake hits the Revilla Gigedo Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Veracruz, Mexico.

5.1 earthquake hits off the West Coast of northern Sumatra.

5.0 earthquake hits the Gulf of Aden.

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 238 nm east of Hanoi, Vietnam, is tracking north-northeastward at 09 knots.

Tropical Depression (td) 12w (Ampil), located approximately 399 nm west of Kunsan AFB, South Korea, is tracking northwestward at 10 knots.

Tropical depression (td) 13w (Thirteen), located approximately 220 nm north-northeast of Taipei, Taiwan, is tracking northward at 22 knots.

Tropical storm 14w (Fourteen), located approximately 315 nm eastnortheast of Minami Tori Shima, is tracking northward at 10 knots.

Tropical depression (td) 15w (Fifteen), located approximately 381 nm north-northwest of Ulithi, is tracking north-northwestward at 07 knots.

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Invest 92L is an area of disturbed weather in the central Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.


Philippines – Heavy rains brought about by the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) enhanced by Tropical Depression Josie caused flooding over the weekend not just in Metro Manila, but also in provinces. In Hermosa, Bataan, six barangays were flooded, according to a report on Balitanghali Weekend by Saleema Refran on Sunday. In Barangays Almacen and Parayray, the water level reached over a man’s height and up to the welcome arch of the two barangays. The floodwaters reached chest level in Barangay Daungan.

Vietnam – Flash floods in Vietnam have now claimed at least 19 lives, the government said on Sunday, as residents in affected areas sought safety in higher ground.


Radioactive Traces from the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Found in California Wine

Following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, radioactive waste leaked into surrounding areas and contaminated waters and food. Seven years later, traces of the disaster were found half a world away — in California’s wine.

A group of French nuclear physicists tested 18 bottles of California’s rosé and cabernet sauvignon produced in 2009 and onward and found that the wines produced after the disaster had increased levels of a man-made radioactive particles. Cabernet sauvignon, for example, had double the amount.


Wildfires – Ontario, Canada

Authorities say more than 50 homes have been evacuated in northeastern Ontario this weekend due to the threat of raging forest fires. A mandatory evacuation order was issued Friday for the Key Harbour area and the municipality of Killarney, south of the French River Provincial Park, after a fire more than quadrupled in size to about 19 square kilometres.

An additional order was issued Saturday for an area from the western and northern borders of French River Provincial Park, east to the Trans-Canada Highway, and as far south as the south shore of the Key River.