Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits the Dodecanese Islands-Turkish border.

5.2 earthquake hits Sonora, Mexico.

5.1 earthquake hits Alaska.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit Iceland.

5.0 earthquake hits Crete.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Panama.

5.0 earthquake hits the Gulf go California.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore Valparaiso, Chile.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Post-tropical Cyclone 09e (Nine), located approximately 1396 nm south-southwest of San Diego, is tracking northward at 00 knots.

Hurricane 08e (Hilda), located approximately 1104 nm south of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.

Newsbytes:

Chad – Flooding struck in south-western Tandjilé Region in late June 2021, where 5 people died and 231 were injured. Furthermore around 4,413 houses were destroyed and over 30 educational and health buildings were severely damaged or destroyed. Livestock also suffered. The UN said the damage in Tandjilé Prefecture left 20,000 people in need of shelter, food, and health assistance. In Ennedi-Ouest region, flooding on 07 July destroyed almost 100 homes and damaged a further 120 in communities of Wadi Doum, causing severe hardship. Heavy rain on 18 July caused flooding in Koumra in Mandoul Region. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said caused one person died and several were wounded. Furthermore as many as 1,588 houses collapsed as a result of the rain and floods. Flooding also affected parts of the capital, N’Djamena, when 53 mm of rain fell on 23 July 2021. Roads were rendered impassable and some buildings were damaged, mostly in the north of the city. It was a similar picture in the city of Ati, capital of Batha Region, where heavy rain on 27 July swamped roads and damaged buildings. More rain is predicted.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Turkey

Parts of the western Turkish resort of Bodrum were evacuated on Saturday as the death toll from bushfires in the country rose to six. Fires have encroached on villages and tourist resorts, forcing people to flee. The owners of private boats and yachts were asked to help with the operation, which was led by the coast guard. More than 1 000 people are evacuated.

In the small village of Kacarlar, on Turkey’s southern coast, farmers are facing apocalyptic scenes as wildfires continue to sweep the country. “The animals are on fire,” 56-year-old resident, Muzeyyan Kacar, told CNN. “Everything is going to burn. Our land, our animals and our house. What else do we have anyway?”

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 earthquake hits the Peru-Ecuador border.

5.3 earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.2 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.2 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Alaska.

5.0 earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 09e (Nine), located approximately 1330 nm south-southwest of San Diego, is tracking westward at 05 knots.

Tropical storm 08e (Hilda), located approximately 1175 nm south of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 12 knots.

Newsbytes:

India – At least 7 people have died after torrential rain in India hit Jammu and Kashmir on 28 July 2021 causing flash floods. Local officials said a “cloudburst” dumped torrential rainfall in the Hanzor area of Dachhan in Kishtwar District, Jammu region, on 28 July. The rain sent flash floods, mud, rocks and other debris crashing through the community causing widespread damage and fatalities. At least 19 residential buildings collapsed or were severely damaged. Two others were partially damaged. Farm buildings and a bridge were also damaged or destroyed.

Wildlife

Light Pollution Disorientates Animals

When dung beetles in South Africa are ready to roll, they pick their path with the help of the Milky Way. But our home Galaxy is becoming harder and harder to spot as light pollution brightens the night sky, The New York Times reports. Researchers tested how dung beetles responded to two types of artificial light: a single bright beacon and the dull glow a nearby city might produce. They found that both kinds disoriented the dung beetles, throwing them off their usual path, the team reports in Current Biology. When exposed to the bright light, the beetles headed toward that, and when exposed to the ambient light, they went in circles. Because many animals seem to navigate using the stars—including birds, seals, and moths—the fading of the night sky could be having similar effects on other species as well, according to the researchers.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Italy

Italy’s emergency services continued to battle wildfires across the country. The regions sent 34 requests for support from firefighting aircraft, the country’s civil defence authority said Thursday evening. The requests came from Calabria in the south; Lazio, where the capital Rome is located; and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. In Sicily’s Agrigento, firefighters faced a five-kilometer (3.1-mile) fire front.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever – Georgia

A 49-year-old woman from the Samtskhe-Javakheti region has died from Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF), according to Georgia media.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits south of Alaska.

5.3 earthquake hits Alaska.

5.1 earthquake hits south of Alaska.

5.1 earthquake hits Alaska.

Three 5.0 earthquakes hit Alaska.

5.0 earthquake hits Tajikistan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

Afghanistan – Dozens of people are feared dead after flash floods in Nuristan Province in eastern Afghanistan. Flooding struck in Kamdesh district (also Kamdeish or Kamdish) in Nuristan Province late on 28 July 2021. As of 29 July, media reported at least 60 fatalities. Roads and telecommunications systems have been damaged.

Mexico – Storms and rain affecting parts of South West USA has also caused severe flooding in border areas of Mexico over the last few days. Authorities in Sonora State reported flooding in the border city of Heroica Nogales (more commonly known as Nogales) from 22 July when police were called on to rescue people from vehicles trapped in floods. Further storms and rain caused severe flooding on 27 July. Raging flood waters raced through streets, carrying along vehicles and damaging buildings.

Wildlife

Bird Bins

The new ability of sulfur-crested cockatoos to open trash bins in search of food appears to be spreading to more cities across southeastern Australia because the birds are copying each other’s behavior. The complicated process was first observed in 2018 and has since spread around metropolitan Sydney. It has been seen by citizen observers and researchers alike in 44 suburbs, where the birds are causing a growing mess by flinging out the rubbish they don’t want to eat. The birds have learned to grab a bin lid with their beaks, pry it open, then shuffle far enough along the edge to cause the lid to fall backward, revealing the tasty trash.

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Primate vs Primate

Deadly unprovoked attacks by chimpanzees on gorillas have for the first time been observed in the West Africa nation of Gabon. Researchers at Loango National Park say two dozen chimps went after five gorillas in December 2019. An infant separated from its mother didn’t survive the assault.

Writing in the journal Nature, the scientists say more research is needed to determine what is behind the new lethal behavior. ”At first, we only noticed screams of chimpanzees and thought we were observing a typical encounter between individuals of neighbouring chimpanzee communities,” author Lara M. Southern said in a statement. “But then, we heard chest beats, a display characteristic for gorillas, and realized that the chimpanzees had encountered a group of five gorillas.”

Global Warming

Earth’s Vital Signs

An international coalition of more than 14,000 scientists has signed an initiative declaring that world leaders are consistently failing to cope with the main causes of climate change and the deepening climate emergency.

Writing in the journal BioScience, the group calls for the elimination of fossil fuel use, the slashing of pollutants, the restoration of ecosystems, a switch to plant-based diets and the stabilization of the planet’s human population. They say the planet’s vital signs are deteriorating at a record rate, and also call for climate change to be included in core curricula in schools for the generation that will have to cope with the hotter decades to come.

Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 122 degrees Fahrenheit (54.4 degrees Celsius) in Al Qaysumah, Saudi Arabia.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 103.0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 75.0 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.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Turkey

Turkish authorities on Thursday began investigating the cause of a string of forest fires in Turkey’s Mediterranean and southern Aegean regions, including two near the coastal resort town of Manavgat that killed three people and sent over 50 others to the hospital as homes burned down.

A wildfire that broke out Wednesday in Manavgat, in Antalya province, and was fanned by strong winds and scorching temperatures, was largely contained. But another fire that started overnight and swept through the district of Akseki, 50 kilometers (30 miles) north, kept firefighters engaged.