Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits offshore El Salvador.

5.1 earthquake hits the Bering Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon (td) 15w (Jongdari), located approximately 98 nm south-southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 24 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Remnants of Tropical Depression Nine-E is located about 1255 mi…2015 km ese of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…w or 265 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Tropical Depression Gilma is located about 1560 mi…2515 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California and about 1560 mi…2510 km e of south point Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Greece – Greece has been hit by devastating flash floods — as the country still reels from the savage wildfires which ripped through the Attica region of the country. Heavy summer rainstorms over the past two days have caused flooding in several parts of Greece, including the area south of Athens. Floodwaters also forced the closure of several roads in the area. Flooding problems were also reported in the Halkidiki region of northern Greece.

Pennsylvania, USA – Five days of downpours brought a foot or more of rain to an over 100-mile swath of Pennsylvania. 2 people died in the floodwaters.

Global Warming

Animated Earth Map Shows Extent of Global Heat Wave

Earth is boiling under record-high temperatures. Global heat waves have landed thousands of people in the hospital and fueled massive wildfires in places ranging from Greece to the Arctic Circle.

An animation called “earth” shows just how high worldwide temperatures really are. The animation, designed by computer programmer Cameron Beccario, an engineering manager at Indeed Tokyo in Japan, updates every 3 hours with weather data taken from the National Centers for Environmental Prediction’s Global Forecast System.

Wildlife

Worms Frozen for 42,000 Years in Siberian Permafrost Wriggle to Life

In Siberia, melting permafrost is releasing nematodes — microscopic worms that live in soil — that have been suspended in a deep freeze since the Pleistocene. Despite being frozen for tens of thousands of years, two species of these worms were successfully revived, scientists recently reported in a new study.

Their findings, published in the May 2018 issue of the journal Doklady Biological Sciences, represent the first evidence of multicellular organisms returning to life after a long-term slumber in Arctic permafrost, the researchers wrote.

However, the nematodes weren’t the first organism to awaken from millennia in icy suspension. Previously, another group of scientists had identified a giant virus that was resuscitated after spending 30,000 years frozen in Siberian permafrost. (Amoebas are the only animal affected by this ancient attacker.)

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Environment

Drought in El Salvador

In El Salvador, there will be a meeting of the United Nations country team tomorrow [27 July] to develop a plan of action following the declaration by the Government of a red alert emergency due to the severe drought affecting some 77,000 corn farmers. Lack of rain led to losses of over 90,000 metric tons of corn, one of the main staple foods in the country. The eastern part of the country has reported 33 consecutive days without rain and record temperatures reaching 41°C.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Oregon, USA

The Taylor Creek Fire roared to life Thursday, sending a smoke column 10,000 feet in the sky and crossing containment lines in a few places. The wildfire burning west of Grants Pass and Merlin grew to 16,500 acres by Friday morning. That’s an increase of almost 3,000 acres, and a level 3 evacuation has been issued for Taylor Creek Road, near Galice outside Grants Pass, due to the Taylor Creek Fire.

Disease

Trichinosis – Argentina

In a follow-up on the trichinosis outbreak in the town of Canals, Argentina, the outbreak has grown from a several dozen to 232. In Río Cuarto, three other cases of trichinosis were also detected, which are related to an outbreak in the province of San Luis.

In response to the outbreak, confiscation operations, animal interdictions and gondola food recalls were carried out to prevent further infections.