Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.0 earthquake hits western Xizang, China.

5.0 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Wales – Heavy rain is affecting parts of Wales still recovering from flooding from Storm Dennis. Ten flood warnings are in place with wet and windy weather expected to continue until Tuesday afternoon. Flooding is causing rail cancellations between Cardiff and Pencoed and closed roads, including the A483 in Brecon.

Paris, France – The water level in the Seine River in Paris is rising after massive rainfall, adding to concerns that it could break its bank in Paris. The situation is adding to problems for the Louvre museum, which has recently faced closures over pension strikes and the outbreak of the new coronavirus. The world’s most visited museum said Monday that officials were being “highly vigilant” as they monitor the river’s level. The Louvre is the city landmark that would be most vulnerable if the river spilled its banks. The river rose to a high of 3.5 metres in recent days, leaving trees and benches underwater and forcing the city to close riverside parks, officials said.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Oklahoma, USA – Update

More than 30,000 acres in Oklahoma were ravaged over the weekend by a series of about 24 fires, according to the Oklahoma Forestry Services. The blazes are primarily affecting the northwest and southwest regions of the state, and the largest fire is called the 412 Fire, located in Beaver County in the Oklahoma panhandle. Officials report that the 412 Fire has burned 29,120 acres of land and is only approximately 50 percent contained. Several homes in Beaver County have reportedly been damaged or destroyed. Local authorities ordered evacuations in the surrounding areas, and parts of Texas neighboring the panhandle are also vulnerable to fire exposure.

Disease

COVID-19

Italy – The whole of Italy – a country of some 60 million people – has been placed under quarantine, as the government steps up efforts to tackle a coronavirus outbreak that has affected more than 9,000 people and left 463 dead in the country.

South Korea – The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the country had 131 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing total infections to 7,513.

China – Mainland China reported 19 new cases of coronavirus infections on Monday, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday, down from 40 cases the day before.