Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.4 earthquake hits Western Australia.

5.3 earthquake hits the Ceram Sea, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 06w (Champi), located approximately 313 nm south-southwest of Iwo To, is tracking north-northwestward at 06 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Colombia – Civil Defence in Colombia recently reported that over 20,000 people have been affected by heavy rain, floods and landslides across the country over the last 2 weeks. Almost 2,800 homes have been damaged and over 200 destroyed. At least 1 fatality was reported in Meta Department and one person reported missing in Antioquia.

Switzerland – Damaging flash floods swept though villages of Neuchâtel Canton in Switzerland late on 22 June 2021. Roads were ripped up and cars upturned. Fortunately no injuries or fatalities were reported. Local rivers overflowed sending torrents of water, debris and sludge into the streets of the Cressier and Frochaux during the evening of 22 June. Landslides were also reported in the area.

Virginia, USA – Heavy rainfall from 21 to 22 June caused flooding in Cameron and surrounding areas of Marshall County, West Virginia. The county reported damages to businesses, homes, municipal buildings, educational facilities and recreational facilities. Reports soon after the flooding struck suggest around 30 homes and buildings have been damaged. Flood water in parts of the city was up to 5 feet / 1.5 metres deep in places.

Europe – A series of storms brought flash flooding to parts of Poland, Czechia, Germany and Italy from 20 to 22 June 2021. The city of Poznan in western Poland was among the hardest hit areas, where buildings including a hospital were damaged.

Global Warming

Climate Change Brings Starvation to Madagascar

Climate change is the driving force of a developing food crisis in southern Madagascar, the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) has warned. The African island has been plagued with back-to-back droughts — its worst in four decades — which have pushed 1.14 million people right to the very edge of starvatio.

Families are suffering and people are already dying from severe hunger. This is not because of war or conflict, this is because of climate change. This is an area of the world that has contributed nothing to climate change, but now, they’re the ones paying the highest price. An estimated 14,000 people are already in catastrophic conditions, according to the WFP, a number that is predicted to double to 28,000 by October. Thousands in southern Madagascar have left their homes in search of food, while those who remain are resorting to extreme measures such as foraging for wild food to survive.

The warning came a day after the WFP said 41 million people in 43 countries were now teetering on the edge of starvation, with 584,000 already experiencing famine-like conditions across Madagascar, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Yemen. This number has increased from 27 million in 2019.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Colorado, USA

Multiple wildfires, including six that the National Interagency Fire Center considers “large,” are burning in Colorado as hot and dry conditions persist around the state.

Oil Springs Fire in White River National Forest: 11,933 acres, 0% contained

Sylvan Fire in White River National Forest: 3,583 acres, 0% contained

West Fire in Moffat County: 3,107 acres, 30% contained

Trail Canyon Fire in Ute Tribal lands in Montezuma County: 881 acres, 90% contained

Wild Cow Fire in Grand Junction: 553 acres, 0% contained

Collom Fire in Moffat County: 640 acres, 95% contained

The Muddy Slide Fire, which is now 4,000 acres about 18 miles west of Kremmling, is expected to be added to the above list.

Disease

Covid-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the Week 16 June – 22 June 2021

No new Global Volcanic Activity was reported this week.