Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

Japan – Around 300 people evacuated their homes in Kagoshima after torrential rain in Japan. On 10 July, Satsuma in Kagoshima recorded 96.5 mm of rain in 1 hour and 209.0 mm in 3 hours. Satsumasendai City in Kagoshima recorded 95.5 mm in 1 hour, and Ebino in Miyazaki recorded 83.5 mm. According to Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) a road collapsed in Satsuma due to flooding, leaving 34 people isolated. A dam in the town threatened to fail, prompting the evacuation of around 300 people. Meanwhile rescuers continue to work through the debris of the devastating mudslide that struck in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture on 03 July 2021. According to the latest update, 9 people have been confirmed dead and 20 are still missing.

Colombia – Severe flooding has affected parts of Magdalena Department in northern Colombia since early July 2021. According to the government of Magdalena Department, the Seville and Frío rivers overflowed on 03 July 2021, flooding the communities of Guacamayal, Sevilla, Gran Vía and Orihueca in the municipality of Zona Bananera. As of 07 July, as many as 5,576 families were affected.The departmental government is also working on shoring up river embankments to prevent further flooding.

UK – Heavy rainfall in eastern England, UK on 09 July 2021 caused streets to flood, disrupting traffic and damaging homes and businesses. The city of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire was the worst affected. Flooding was also reported in areas around the city of Norwich in Norfolk, damaging some buildings and leaving roads impassable.

Chad – The United Nations reports that 5 people died and thousands are in need of shelter after torrential rain in Chad in central Africa from late June 2021. UN OCHA said 5 people died and 231 were injured. Furthermore around 4,413 houses were destroyed and over 30 educational and health buildings were severely damaged or destroyed. Livestock also suffered. The UN says the damage in Tandjilé Prefecture has left 20,000 people in need of shelter, food, and health assistance.

USA – The state of Texas is making preparations after torrential rain affected South Texas and Coastal Bend communities over the last few days. High water rescues were reported in Rockport where several roads were impassable. A wide area of low pressure over southern Texas brought days of torrential rainfall. In a 96 hour period to 09 July, Rockport recorded 18.31 inches (465 mm) of rain.

Environment

Death Valley Hits 130′

Death Valley is more than earning its morbid name this weekend, as temperatures in the California desert reached a near-record-breaking 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54.4 degrees Celsius).

That makes it a tie for the hottest temperature ever verified on Earth since the mercury hit 131 F (55 C) on July 7, 1931, in Kebili, Tunisia. Though an even hotter temperature of 134 F (56.7 C) was recorded in Furnace Creek (then called Greenland Ranch) in Death Valley, on July 10, 1913, per Guinness World Records, some climate scientists say that reading was not verified.

Global Warming

Massive oil pipeline is threatened by thawing permafrost

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline, one of the world’s largest oil pipelines, could be in danger.

Thawing permafrost threatens to undermine the supports holding up an elevated section of the pipeline, jeopardizing its structural integrity and raising the potential of an oil spill in a delicate and remote landscape.

The slope of permafrost where an 810-foot section of the pipeline is secured has started to shift as it thaws, causing several of the braces holding up the pipeline to twist and bend.

Disease

Covid-19

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