Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits the Ceram Sea, Indonesia.

5.5 earthquake hits Guam.

5.2 earthquake hits Seram, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits Guam.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 5E is located about 685 mi…1100 km sw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…n or 360 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

NewsBytes:

India – Five more people died in Bihar floods, pushing the death toll up to 97 on Saturday, as over 69 lakh people were affected in 12 districts, the state’s disaster management department said.

Wildlife

12 rare one-horned rhinos killed by floods in India

At least 12 one-horned rhinos, a threatened species, have died as a result of flooding in a national park in north-eastern India, park officials said on Sunday (July 21).

Eleven of them drowned while trying to escape floodwaters and one slipped into a ditch while trying to climb a highland, said an official at the Kaziranga National Park in India’s north-eastern Assam state.

The sprawling 430-square-kilometre park is a Unesco World Heritage site and home to two-thirds of the world’s population of the Rhinoceros Unicornis – more commonly known as the Indian rhinoceros. At the last count in 2015, the park had a population of 2,401 rhinos.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Chile

Intense forest fires have consumed tens of thousands of hectares throughout Chile. The multiple blazes have broken records and prompted the president to call them a catastrophe. 30% of the national territory of Chile is covered by forests.

Wildfires – Portugal – Update

About 1,800 firefighters were struggling to contain wildfires in central Portugal that have already injured 20 people, including eight firefighters, authorities said Sunday.

The fires broke out Saturday across three fronts in the district of Castelo Branco, 200 kilometers (about 125 miles) northeast of Lisbon, the capital, Portugal’s Civil Protection Agency said. Firefighters were being supported by 19 firefighting aircraft and hundreds of vehicles.

Disease

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever – Kentucky, USA

Health officials in Grayson County, Kentucky are reporting a recent increase in cases of the tickborne disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF). They report receiving 26 cases of RMSF since July 7, 2019.

Foodborne Disease – Ukraine

A foodborne illness outbreak is being investigated by the Rivne OLC of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. Between July 15-18, 84 acute gastrointestinal disease cases were reported, including 52 cases in Zdolbunivskyi District. 61 people required hospitalization, including children.