Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits the Carlsberg ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits the Carlsberg ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon 12w (Hinnamnor), located approximately 92 nm southeast of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking west-southwestward at 13 knots.

Tropical Depression 13w (Thirteen), located approximately 408 nm east of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, 420 nm southeast of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking northward at 05 knots.

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Newsbytes:

West and Central Africa – Over 125,000 people have been displaced by recent flooding across 17 countries in West and Central Africa with more rain expected in the region until October, the UN said. The African Centre of Meteorological Application for Development (ACMAD) reported above average rainfall over West Africa during June 2022 and across western central Africa during July 2022, influenced by la Niña conditions. The seasonal rains and floods are severely impacting countries in West and Central Africa including the Republic of Congo, Chad, Liberia, Nigeria, Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Mauritania, the Central African Republic, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Mali and Burkina Faso.

Deforestation Is Causing More Storms in West Africa

Deforestation is causing more storms in West Africa according to Christopher Taylor, Meteorologist, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and Douglas Parker, Professor of Meteorology, University of Leeds. We know that forests are crucial to fighting global climate change, but another important and perhaps less appreciated aspect is the way they affect the climate on a much more local scale. The research shows that deforestation in west Africa has made storms more frequent and thus increased the risk of disastrous flash flooding in the region’s coastal cities.

Much of west Africa was deforested throughout the 20th century, a process driven by agriculture, international trade in goods like cocoa, and the displacement of people by conflict. The rapid growth of cities, particularly along the coast, is also leading to deforestation in the surrounding regions.

Why would deforestation affect rainfall? In short, deforested areas get hotter than the remaining forest during the daytime. This warming triggers local breezes, and these atmospheric circulations can kick off storms.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Oregon, Northern California, USA (update)

The Rum Creek Fire – Size: 11,696 acres (Containment: 1%)

Six Rivers Lightning Complex – Size: 32,600 acres (Containment: 54%)

McKinney Fire – Size: 60,138 acres (Containment: 99%)

Disease

Measles – DR Congo

Health authorities in the Kasaï-Oriental province said this week the number of measles cases has increased significantly in the province to more than 6,000 cases with fifty deaths even in health zones where vaccination days were organized in April and May.