Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.5 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.5 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits southeastern Iran.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are currently no active tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

South Africa – More heavy rain has caused flooding and landslides in parts of KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa. Areas of the province saw devastating flooding last month which left over 400 dead and 40,000 displaced. The heavy rainfall has resulted in flooding of roads, human settlements, and damage to properties. Some areas are inaccessible and have become islands. Around 240 mm of rain fell in Mount Edgecombe in 24 hours to 22 May 2022. The city of Durban saw 202 mm during this time and Sezela 151 mm.

Disease

Monkeypox – Belgium

Belgium is the first country to make a 21-day quarantine compulsory for monkeypox patients after four cases of the disease had been reported last week.

Legionnaires Disease – USA

The New York City Health Department announced Friday an investigation into a community cluster of Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx and bordering communities. Four people have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease since May 9, 2022, and results for other individuals are pending.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.8 earthquake hits Luzon in the Philippines.

5.5 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.3 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.2 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.2 earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are currently no active tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

Bangladesh – Rivers in Bangladesh have burst their banks and caused the worst floods in the country’s northeast for nearly two decades, with about two million people marooned by rising waters, officials said Saturday (May 21). Floodwater rushing from India’s northeast breached a major embankment on the Barak River, inundating at least 100 villages at Zakiganj in Bangladesh.

India – The flood situation in Assam further deteriorated on Saturday with the death of four more persons, taking the death toll to 18, officials said, adding over 8.39 lakh people have been affected in 32 of the state’s 34 districts. 839,691 people, including 145,126,children, of 3,246 villages in 32 districts have been affected. Over 1,00,732 hectare of crops have been affected.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Texas, USA

The Mesquite Heat Fire has destroyed approximately 27 homes 7 miles southwest of Abilene, Texas. Since it started May 17 alongside Highway 277 it has burned 7 miles to the northeast, consuming 9,613 acres during extreme weather conditions — temperature of 107 degrees, 10 percent relative humidity, and high winds.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Monkeypox

Germany – A case of monkeypox has been confirmed in Munich. The patient comes from Brazil and is already isolated in the Munich Clinic Schwabing. This is the first case of monkeypox in Germany.

Israel – The Israel Ministry of Health has repored the confirmation of a monkeypox case in the country.

Ebola – DR Congo

Health authorities in DRC confirmed a 4th case of Ebola on 19 May. The case patient, a 12-year-old boy in Wangata, passed away today.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits north of Svalbard.

5.2 earthquake hits north of Svalbard.

5.2 earthquake hits the Strait of Gibraltar.

5.1 earthquake hits offshore Atacama, Chile.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone 26p (Gina), located approximately 197 south-southeast of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking southeastward at 10 knots.

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Wildlife

Breaching humpback whale body slams boat in Mexico

Watching a gigantic whale fly through the air as it breaches the ocean’s surface is one of the most beautiful sights in the natural world. But for the crew of one boat in Mexico, that experience quickly turned into a nightmare when they got too close to a 7-ton (6.4 metric tons) humpback whale that subsequently body slammed them, wrecking the vessel and injuring everyone on board.

The humpback — a juvenile despite its hefty size — rose out of the water and landed directly on top of a small boat. Local authorities have suggested that the “Andrea” had been harrassing the humpback whale, which may have caused the distressed cetacean to purposefully breach on top of the vessel.

Global Warming

Kyoto cherry blossoms blooming sooner

Kyoto, Japan’s, iconic cherry blossoms marking the start of spring are now fully blooming 11 days sooner due to climate change warming.

The full flowering of Kyoto’s cherry trees in 2021 was on March 26, the earliest date recorded in 1200 years, according to a study published Friday in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

Wildfires

Wildfires – New Mexico, USA

The 303,701-acre Calf Canyon / Hermits Peak Fire northwest of Las Vegas was subject to single digit humidity and strong winds Thursday afternoon, 10 to 20 mph with 30 to 40 mph gusts out of the west. Since the east side is somewhat secure most of the additional spread was limited to the west side, which experienced in some areas fire behavior described as “extreme, crowning, group torching, and spotting.”

The Black Fire 28 miles west-northwest of Truth or Consequences consumed more vegetation on the northwest, northeast, east, and southeast sides. Fire officials said in some places it spread for three miles, growing on the southeast side to within one or two miles of Hermosa. It has burned 104,969 acres.

Most of the spread of the 21,687-acre Bear Trap Fire 34 miles southwest of Socorro was on the south side Thursday.

The 45,605-acre Cerro Pelado Fire six miles southwest of Los Alamos has been relatively quiet for several days.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Monkeypox

France – France’s Ministère des Solidarités et de la Santé reported the first confirmed monkeypox case,

England – In a follow-up on the monkeypox situation in England, he UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has detected 11 additional cases of monkeypox in England. The latest cases bring the total number of monkeypox cases confirmed in England since 6 May to 20.

Spain – The Ministry of Health and the communities have activated the health alert for monkeypox , a very rare disease caused by a virus endemic to central and western Africa, after the detection on May 18 of eight probable cases in Madrid.

Portugal – In a follow-up on the monkeypox situation in Portugal, The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) informs that nine more cases of human infection by the Monkeypox virus have been confirmed in Portugal, with 23 confirmed cases so far.

Australia – The Australia Department of Health (DOH) the National Incident Centre has been activated to support the national response after Victoria and New South Wales both confirmed a monkeypox case today.

Dengue Fever – Singapore

In a follow-up on the dengue fever outbreak in Singapore in 2022, the National Environment Agency (NEA) reports 9,895 total cases through May 20.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.4 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits near the coast of central Peru.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone 26p (Gina), located approximately 64 south-southwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking south-southwestward at 03 knots.

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