Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.9 earthquake hits Samoa.

5.7 earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.5 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the eastern Sea of Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 22s (Herold), located approximately 516 nm east-southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southeastward at 14 knots.

NewsBytes:

Kenya – About 1,000 families were left marooned and road infrastructure destroyed in Nyando Constituency, Kisumu, after floods hit the area since the weekend.

Wildlife

“Ruminant Plague” Threatens Populations of Wildlife

A disease already known for causing massive die-offs of wildlife in Asia is spreading.

Publishing their findings in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science, a team of scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and more than 20 other organizations say that the spillover of the Peste des Petits Ruminants virus (PPRV) from sheep and goats to wildlife has global implications for biodiversity.

Initially discovered in Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa in 1942, Peste des Petits Ruminants (French for small ruminant plague) is now recognized as a major global burden on the health and production of sheep and goats along with the human communities who depend on them for their livelihoods. This severe disease is typically observed as respiratory and digestive symptoms frequently followed by death. Until recently PPR has been considered a disease of domestic small ruminants, but there have been several recent outbreaks in wildlife, including the 2016-2017 outbreak in the Mongolia saiga antelope, which reduced the population of this critically endangered species by 80 percent.

There is growing evidence that wildlife species from the ‘mountain monarchs’ like the Siberian Ibex and Mountain Sheep to the wild ruminants of the great plains of Asia, like the Saiga antelope and Goitered gazelle, can be infected with PPRV.

Disease

COVID-19

Globally, the virus has infected 184,976 people and killed just more than 7,500, according to the WHO.

The coronavirus can survive up to four hours on copper, up to three days on plastic, stainless steel and a day on cardboard, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

Italy – The Italy Ministry of Health is reporting that the total COVID-19 cases in the country now stands at 31,506. The death toll has also risen to 2,503.

Iran – Iran reported 147 more deaths from the coronavirus, its single biggest jump. The 15 percent spike raised the death toll to 1,135 people nationwide. The rise in deaths comes as the number of infections continues to grow each day, with some 17,361 people infected.

South Korea – The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention saying there were 93 new cases on Wednesday, bringing total infections to 8,413.