Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.3 earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.3 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical Storms.

Newsbytes:

Iran – Flash flooding has killed at least 22 people in Iran’s southern Fars province. The city of Estabhan was hardest hit with heavy rain swelling the Roudbal river. Floods in Iran have been worsened by droughts, because rain water is unable to permeate through the sun-baked earth.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

A fast-moving brush fire near Yosemite National Park has exploded in size into one of California’s largest wildfires of the year, prompting evacuation orders for thousands of people and shutting off power to more than 2000 homes and businesses.

The Oak Fire started on Friday afternoon southwest of the park near the town of Midpines in Mariposa County and by Saturday morning had rapidly grown to 26.5 square kilometres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Evacuation orders were put in effect Saturday for more than 6000 people living in the sparsely populated, rural area. By Saturday morning, the fire had destroyed 10 residential and commercial structures, damaged five others and was threatening 2000 more structures, Cal Fire said.

Wildfires – France

Firefighters in southwestern France battled on Saturday to contain massive wildfires that have spread to an area twice the size of Paris as blazes across the continent continued to rage. In the country’s wine region of Bordeaux, more than 50,000 acres of land have been destroyed. It added that 36,750 people had been evacuated from the region, although 12,000 had since been allowed to return.

Wildfires – Greece

Fierce wildfires are sweeping through the north, south and east of Greece on Sunday, as a scorching heatwave boils the country. Hundreds of residents and tourists have been evacuated from the east Aegean island of Lesbos after forest fires, which broke out yesterday, destroyed homes and threatened villages. Greece is currently in the grips of a heat wave with temperatures of 42°C expected in some regions. The extreme weather is forecast to last 10 days, raising fears of other fires.

Disease

Covid-19

Japan – Japanese officials saw 200,975 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, surpassing 200,000 cases/day for the first time, according to Japan media.

Monkeypox

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency. This is the highest alarm the organisation can sound. Almost 15,400 cases have been reported from 72 countries since infections were reported in May.