Earthquake in Mexico; Fires in Canada, U.S.; Cyclones in Pacific
Quake Shakes Mexico, Guatemala
A M6.9 earthquake struck near the Mexico-Guatemala border, off the coast of Chiapas, Mexico on July 7 (USGS). According to reports, much of the damage occurred in the Guatemalan border region of San Marcos, which experienced downed power lines, cracked buildings and blocked roads due to landslides triggered by the earthquake (Reuters). As of July 10, five deaths have been attributed to the quake; three in Mexico and two in Guatemala (ECHO). A state of calamity has been declared in Guatemala, where approximately 25,000 people have been affected.
Blazes Intensify in British Columbia, Northwest U.S.
The Red Deer Creek Fire in British Columbia that started up on July 6 continues to burn and is expected to grow significantly due to high winds and hot, dry weather conditions (BC Wildfire). There is currently an evacuation order in place, affecting two oil and gas work camps and 200 people. As of this report, the blaze had reached an estimated size of 5,000 hectares (approximately 12,355 acres).
The Mills Canyon Fire, which started near Entiat, Washington, has led to evacuations of 14 structures,with another 122 informed to voluntarily evacuate or be ready to leave at a moment’s notice and 109 placed on alert.(InciWeb). The fire, which began on July 8, has grown to 18,065 acres (as of this report) due to winds pushing the fire eastward.
Neoguri Weakening, Tropical Storm Threatens Guam
Threats of flooding and landslides remain in the wake of former Super Typhoon Neoguri as it makes its way through the Japanese mainland after battering Okinawa with heavy rains and hurricane-force winds (TWC). As of July 10, at least five deaths have been linked to Neoguri and nearly 50 others injured (ReliefWeb). Neoguri had been downgraded to a tropical storm on Wednesday at 1200UTC as it neared closer to the Japanese mainland. As of the final JTWC warning issued for this event (1500UTC today), Neoguri was tracking east-northeastward with maximum sustained winds at 45 knots (approximately 51 mph),which could result in maximum wave heights near 8 feet (Phys.org, JTWC Advisory #31A).
Spawning near the same waters as Neoguri, Tropical Storm Nine has placed Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan on tropical storm watch (NASA). As of this report, the storm is located approximately 224 miles east-southeast of Anderson Air Force Base Guam, with maximum sustained winds at 35 mph, bringing with it maximum significant wave height at 10 feet (JTWC Advisory #3).
Current Hazard Warnings
Drought: United States (Southwest, Pacific), Somalia, Honduras (Southern), Nicaragua (Northern)
Wildfire: United States (Washington), Canada (British Columbia)
Flood: Africa (Western), United States (N. Dakota, Midwest), China (Yunnan), Canada (Manitoba), Brazil, Indonesia (Jakarta), Argentina (Northeast)
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