Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of southern Peru.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the South Pacific: Tropical cyclone 18p (Donna), located approximately 283 nm northwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking south-southeastward at 08 knots.

NewsBytes:

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Midwest, USA – Nearly 10 million people across the Midwest were under a flood warning Saturday as several spots along the Mississippi River were expected to reach near-record crests this weekend, the latest threats to a region that got slammed this week by severe flooding. The river’s cresting — the highest stage or level of a flood wave — was due to affect communities in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said. Floods late this week ravaged communities near St. Louis due to cresting of the Meramec River, which runs into the Mississippi River.

Bangladesh – Flash floods have washed away crops in north-eastern Bangladesh that would have yielded nearly 700,000 tonnes of rice, according to estimates from the agriculture ministry. The fields hit by the floods were about to be harvested, a major blow to the south Asian country, where local rice prices have hit an all-time high and reserves of the staple grain have dipped to a six-year low. The flooding triggered by heavy pre-monsoon rains also damaged other crops and fisheries in the marshy areas in the country’s north-eastern region, affecting millions of people.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Florida, USA

Evacuations are in place for residents in Charlton County, Georgia due to the West Mims Fire and the smoke from the fire has also moved its way over Northeast Florida.

The latest update from the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge says the West Mims Fire is currently 116,571 acres and 12% contained. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the fire today, due to the fact it grew over 3,000 acres on Friday as dry, windy conditions pushed the fire over containment lines.

Disease

Malaria in Nigeria

Nigeria is a hotbed for malaria, accounting for up to 25 percent of the global malaria cases and deaths, according to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

In fact, the News Agency of Nigeria reports malaria was responsible for the loss of life of 4.3 million people in the country in 2015.

In Lagos, the country’s most populous city, in fact, Africa’s largest city with an estimated 21 million people, 1.2 million malaria cases were reported last year.

Nigerians and community health officials use Vitamin C and 7-up to treat malaria!