Typhoon Matmo made landfall in Taiwan, south of Hualian, early on July 22, 2014.  Matmo is the third typhoon in the western Pacific Basin in less than three weeks. This is the first typhoon to make landfall in Taiwan this year, coming ashore near the township of Changbin on the island’s east coast.Matmo made landfall as a category 2 typhoon. According to Taiwan’s The Central Weather Bureau (CWB), Lanyu Township reported wind gust of 212 km/h (132 mph).  The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument snapped a visible picture of Typhoon Matmo’s clouds on July 22, 2014. The MODIS image showed a center obscured by clouds. At the time of the image, the center was southeast of the southeastern tip of Taiwan. The image also showed… Read more » http://dlvr.it/6PHZt3

El Salvador is now the first country in Central America with a chikungunya outbreak after several cases appeared in early June 2014 in the municipality of Axutuxtepeque in the Department of San Salvador. Dengue cases have also increased in the country in recent months, IFRC reports.On June 18, 2014, the Ministry of Health, through the Directorate-General for Civil Protection, established a stratified Yellow Alert due to the growing number of cases of chikungunya and dengue fever in the country.By July, 1 300 suspected chikungunya cases had been reported, distributed over six departments and 20 municipalities.Up to epidemiological week 25 of this year, 15 225 suspected cases of dengue had been recorded, of which 5 299 were confirmed positive, 93 of them severe.These figu… Read more » http://dlvr.it/6PFH9R

According to two new reportts published by the USGS, groundwater pumping has produced significant changes in water levels below some parts of the Albuquerque metropolitan area.For many decades, the water supply requirements of the Albuquerque metropolitan area in central New Mexico were met almost exclusively by groundwater withdrawal from the Santa Fe Group aquifer system.  This reliance on groundwater led to variable responses in groundwater levels across the area, with declines in some areas exceeding 120 feet (36.5 meters) below predevelopment water level conditions. “We observed that over time the way groundwater moved and where it was present changed significantly,” said USGS hydrologist Rachel Powell, lead author of the report Estimated 2012 groundwater po… Read more » http://dlvr.it/6PDq9T