Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits the Ceram Sea, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

5.2 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore Atacama, Chile.

5.0 earthquake hits the southeast Indian ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Elsa is located about 55 mi…85 km ese of Cayo Largo Cuba and about 165 mi…265 km se of Havana Cuba with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…nw or 305 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 07w (&even), located approximately 548 nm east-southeast of Hong Kong, is tracking northwestward at 21 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Nepal – Heavy rain, floods and landslides have caused fatalities and destroyed homes across Nepal during the first two days of July 2021. 10 people have died, 4 are missing and 21 injured. A total of 33 homes have been severely damaged and 19 destroyed. Almost 90 families have been affected. Landslides struck in 2 separate incidents in Chitawan District on 01 July 2021. In Rapti Municipality 1 person died and 3 were reported missing, while a landslide in Kalika Municipality left one person dead. Also on 01 July heavy rain triggered landslides in Tanahun District, where 2 fatalities were reported, and in Sindhuli District, where 1 person died. On 02 July landslides in Gorkha, Khotang and Dhading left at least 5 people dead and 6 injured.

Environment

Unprecedented heat – Climate change is frying the Northern Hemisphere

The tiny town of Lytton has come to hold a grim record. On Tuesday, it experienced Canada’s highest-ever temperature, in an unprecedented heat wave that has over a week killed hundreds of people and triggered more than 240 wildfires across British Columbia, most of which are still burning. Lytton hit 49.6 degrees Celsius (121.3 degrees Fahrenheit), astounding for the town of just 250 people nestled in the mountains, where June maximum temperatures are usually around 25 degrees. Now fires have turned much of Lytton to ash and forced its people, as well as hundreds around them, to flee.

Roads melted last week in America’s Northwest, and residents in New York City were told not to use high-energy appliances, like washers and dryers — and painfully, even their air conditioners — for the sake of the power grid.

In Russia, Moscow reported its highest-ever June temperature of 34.8 degrees on June 23, and Siberian farmers are scrambling to save their crops from dying in an ongoing heat wave. Even in the Arctic Circle, temperatures soared into the 30s.

In India, tens of millions of people in the northwest were affected by heat waves.

And in Iraq, authorities announced a public holiday across several provinces for Thursday, including the capital Baghdad, because it was simply too hot to work or study, after temperatures surpassed 50 degrees and its electricity system collapsed.

Hundreds of people have been reported to have died from the various heatwaves across North America, Russia and India.

Global Warming

Huge Methane Plume over China

A massive plume of methane, the potent greenhouse gas that’s a key contributor to global warming, has been identified in China’s biggest coal production region.

The release in northeast Shanxi province is one of the largest that geoanalytics company Kayrros SAS has so far attributed to the global coal sector and likely emanated from multiple mining operations.

Details captured in European Space Agency satellite data show the plume about 90 kilometers (56 miles) east of Shanxi’s capital Taiyuan, in Yangquan City. The area has 34 coals mines, according to the Shanxi Energy Bureau.

The emissions rate needed to produce the plume observed in the June 18 satellite image would be several hundred metric tons an hour. For comparison, a 200-ton per hour release would have roughly an equivalent climate warming in the first two decades as 800,000 cars driving at 60 miles an hour.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Cyprus

Authorities in Cyprus have said a deadly forest fire, that was the worst to hit the island in decades, was close to being brought under control after water bombing by Greek and Israeli aircraft.

Fanned by strong winds, the fire broke out on Saturday afternoon and swept through the southern foothills of the Troodos mountain range as the country grappled with a blistering heatwave.

The blaze killed four Egyptian labourers, destroyed 50 homes, damaged farms and power lines, and forced the evacuation of 10 villages. So far, 55 square kilometres of pine forest and orchards have been scorched.

Wildfires – Canada

Emergency responders in Canada are currently battling more than 180 wildfires in British Columbia amid an intense heat wave that has left hundreds dead in the Pacific Northwest.

About 70% of the active fires were likely caused by lightning strikes, according to the British Columbia Wildfire Service’s dashboard. Chris Vagasky, a meteorologist with the company Vaisala, says a lightning detection network uncovered more than 700,000 lightning strikes in the area between June 30 and July 1.

About 95 miles northeast of Vancouver, residents in the village of Lytton were forced to evacuate to avoid a spreading fire that began Wednesday afternoon.

While two residents have already been confirmed dead by the British Columbia Coroners Service, others are still missing.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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