Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic Ridge.

5.4 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.4 earthquake hits near the East Coast of Kamchatka.

5.2 earthquake hits off the coast of northern Peru.

5.0 earthquake hits Colombia.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Mayotte region.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 02a (Mekunu), located approximately 555 nm south-southwest of Masirah Island, is tracking north-northwestward at 04 knots.

NewsBytes:

India – Six people died and almost 18,000 are living in relief camps after flash floods triggered mudslides in Tripura. Parts of the state capital Agartala and outskirts of West Tripura, Khowai, Gomati and Sepahijala districts have been submerged.

Somalia – At least six people died and hundreds of homes were destroyed following heavy rainfall and flooding in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia.

Sweden – Few would complain about the warmer weather Sweden is basking in these days, but in some parts of the country it has caused problems, thawing vast bodies of snow at a faster rate than usual. That is the case for the Vindelälven river in northern Sweden, where fast-melting snow caused the river to burst its banks and flood nearby buildings as the water level almost doubled. Photographer Grahame Soden, who captured dramatic images of the flood, described the river as a “raging torrent” for the last few days.

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Virginia, USA – Heavy rainfall and storms that hit Central Virginia on Tuesday afternoon have reportedly caused damage and flooded roads throughout the area. Flooding has been reported on the Midlothian Turnpike and Forest Hill and Westover Hills Boulevard.

Disease

Nipah Virus – India

A rare virus spread by fruit bats, which can cause flu-like symptoms and brain damage, has killed 10 people in southern India, health officials said on Tuesday, with at least nine more being treated. There is no vaccine for the Nipah virus, which is spread through body fluids and can cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain. Symptoms of Nipah virus can begin with headache and drowsiness but quickly transform into a coma within a matter of days.