Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits the Cook Strait, New Zealand.

5.2 earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Michigan, USA – Rainstorms are a typical part of spring in Michigan. The rainstorm that hit mid-Michigan beginning on Sunday, May 17, though, proved one for the history books. The flooding that resulted from up to 7 inches of rain in Midland, Saginaw and surrounding counties damaged homes and property, forced more than 10,000 people to evacuate and most spectacularly destroyed one power dam and severely damaged another. It’s being called a 500-year flood event, meaning it is only likely to occur once every 500 years. Ongoing flooding has been reported from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Texas, Florida, Virginia, North and South Carolina and Ohio.

 

Wildfires

Wildfires – Colorado, USA

Firefighters with air support were suppressing a lightning-sparked wildfire Sunday in southeastern Colorado that had burned more than 11,818 acres over the past four days.

Las Animas County and state authorities decided to suppress this Cherry Canyon fire, burning in canyon country near the Purgatoire River about 10 miles west of Kim, even though people and buildings weren’t threatened.

A separate fire of unknown origin was burning nearby about 120 acres northeast of the Cherry Canyon fire. Neither fire was controlled as of Sunday night.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.6 earthquake hits the mid-Indian ridge.

5.3 earthquake hits Crete.

5.2 earthquake hits Mendoza, Argentina.

5.1 earthquake hits the mid-Indian ridge,

5.1 earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore Chiapas, Mexico.

5.0 earthquake hits the mid-Indian ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits Kodiak Island, Alaska.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Massachusetts, USA – Heavy downpours caused flooding on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Saturday. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning and reported 3.35 inches in Edgartown in a relatively short time.

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Flood prevention

Asia faces surging threats from coastal and river flooding as climate change brings more intense rainfall and rising seas – but investing now in dikes and other measures to stem risks could have big financial payoffs, researchers said on Thursday.

Since 1980, flooding has cost the world more than $1 trillion in losses, according to insurer Munich RE, and threats are increasing as population growth, migration and new construction put more people and assets at risk.

Aqueduct Floods data shows that by 2030, 132 million people and urban property valued at $535 billion are likely to be hit annually by river flooding.

India, Bangladesh and Pakistan are likely to see the biggest number of people affected, while India, China and Democratic Republic of Congo could see the largest losses to urban infrastructure.

On coastlines, 15 million people and $177 billion in urban infrastructure could be affected by floods each year by 2030.

A relatively small investment in flood prevention by building dikes to reduce flooding could yield a huge saving of more than 250 times the money spent as flood damages.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.1 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mantawai, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Vancouver Island, Canada.

5.0 earthquake hits Luzon in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 27s (Mangga), located approximately 900 nm west-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking southeastward at 24 knots.

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Indonesia – A rare tornado ripped through several villages on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, killing at least two people and damaging around 245 homes. The tornado touched down in Lampung province’s Tulang Bawang district.

El Niño – The U.S. weather agency predicts a 65% chance that neither an El Niño nor a La Niña will form this Northern Hemisphere summer. The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center says that such neutral conditions typically bring more average wind, rainfall and temperature patterns than the weather disruptions brought on by unusually warmer or cooler waters across the tropical Pacific. The last El Niño warming developed in 2018 and was linked to disastrous firestorms, flash floods and crop damage in various areas of the planet.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Ebola – DR Congo

From 13 to 19 May 2020, no new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported from North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits off the coast of Sinaloa, Mexico.

5.2 earthquake hits Nevada, USA.

5.2 earthquake hits the DR Congo.

5.1 earthquake hits near the coast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 27s (Mangga), located approximately 1324 nm west-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking southeastward at 09 knots.

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NewsBytes:

India, Bangladesh – Tropical Cyclone Amphan, the most powerful cyclone to strike eastern India and Bangladesh in over a decade killed at least 82 people, officials said, as rescue teams scoured devastated coastal villages on Thursday, hampered by torn down power lines and widespread flooding. Mass evacuations before Cyclone Amphan made landfall undoubtedly saved countless lives, but the full extent of the casualties and damage will only be known once communications are restored, officials said. In the Indian state of West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said at least 72 people had perished – most of them either electrocuted or killed by trees uprooted by winds gusting up to 185km/h (115 mph). She said the storm had carved a 400-km long swathe through the state. In neighbouring Bangladesh, the initial death toll was put at 10. When the cyclone barrelled in from the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday, a storm surge of around five metres caused flooding across low-lying coastal areas. Villagers could be seen trying to lift fallen electricity poles, fishermen hauling their boats out of a choppy sea, and uprooted trees lying strewn across the countryside. Designated a super cyclone, Amphan weakened after making landfall. Moving inland through Bangladesh, it was downgraded to a cyclonic storm by the Indian weather office, and it has since subsided into a depression.

Global Warming

Carbon Comeback

While overall global CO2 emissions have been expected to fall by about 7% this year due to the pandemic, scientists fear that the man-made pollution will rebound as the world’s population returns to work and industrial production surges.

Daily global emissions of the greenhouse gas fell by 17% at the height of the COVID-19 shutdown. But levels of transportation and economic activity are able to return to pre-pandemic levels by mid-June, researchers estimate the annual fall in CO2 emissions this year will be only 4%.

Wildlife

Cicadas Return – After 17 Years

The drone of untold millions of singing insects will soon echo across parts of the eastern United States from a group of cicadas that emerges from the ground only once every 17 years.

The mating songs of brood IX are among the noisiest of their kind. Their habitat stretches from North Carolina to West Virginia, where as many as 1.5 million can surface per acre.

Cicadas are large, clear-winged insects with bulbous eyes that emerge every year or in cycles of 13 or 17 years. They then shed and leave their brown husks behind on trees and other objects. After breeding, their nymphs crawl into the ground for a 17-year slumber.

Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 117 degrees Fahrenheit (47.2 degrees Celsius) in Nawabshah, Pakistan.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 96.0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 71.1 degrees Celsius) at Vostok, Antarctica.

Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.