Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.4 earthquake hits Tajikistan.
5.3 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
5.2 earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka.
5.1 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic ridge.
5.0 earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka.
5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon Lekima is located approximately 79 nm nsouthwest of Shanghai, China is tracking north-northwestward at 13 knots.
Typhoon 11w (Krosa) is located approximately 115 nm south of Iwo To, is tracking west-northwestward at 05 knots.
China – At least 13 people have been killed and more than a million forced from their homes as Typhoon Lekima hit China. Sixteen people were also missing after a landslide was triggered by the storm. Lekima made landfall in the early hours of Saturday in Wenling, between Taiwan and China’s financial capital Shanghai. The storm was initially designated a “super typhoon”, but weakened slightly before landfall – when it still had winds of 187km/h (116mph).
India – At least 28 people have died in Kerala after torrential monsoon rains caused landslides and flooding that cut off some areas, authorities said on Friday. More than 64,000 people were evacuated and Cochin International Airport, the busiest airport in a state popular with tourists, was closed. In the latest flooding, several dozen people were feared to have been trapped after landslides in Wayanad and Malappuram districts. Kerala received 155 mm (6.1 inches) of rain on Friday, ten times more than average, weather department data showed.
Plastic instead of Coral
A team of divers cleaning up the waters off Greece’s Andros Island said they found a “gulf full of plastic coral.”
Waving on the ocean floor like a forest of kelp, the plastic debris probably wound up there eight years ago when a nearby makeshift landfill collapsed into the sea.
It was “like the paradise of the Caribbean Sea, where you find coral reefs everywhere of every color. It was the exact same thing, but instead of coral, it was bags,” said diver Arabella Ross with the group Aegean Rebreath.
Yellow Fever – Nigeria
During the past two weeks, at least 16 persons have died in an outbreak of yellow fever in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State in southern Nigeria. The number of cases remains unknown as yet.
Measles – Ukraine
Officials with the Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine report the number of measles cases is rising again. For the week ending Aug. 4, 287 people became ill with measles – 160 adults and 127 children. The highest number of cases were reported in Kyiv, Vinnytsia, Chernivtsi and Khmelnytskyi oblasts.
Since the beginning of the year, 56,861 people became ill with measles in Ukraine – 26,748 adults and 30,113 children, and 18 people died from measles complications.