Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits Greece.

5.0 earthquake hits the Comoros Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Ohio, USA – Flash flooding swept through central Ohio Friday following severe thunderstorms in the early morning hours. The floods occurred after record rainfall in Columbus. On State Route 79, the road was washed away by flood waters overnight. Officials say the road may not be repaired for several months.

Environment

River Nile Is Threatened By Waste, Global Warming, Pollution

Egypt’s lifeline since Pharaonic days and the source of 97 percent of its water is under massive strain from pollution and climate change and now the threat of a colossal dam being built far upstream in Ethiopia.

No country is more reliant on the Nile than Egypt, whose teeming population has just passed 100 million people — over 90 percent of whom live along the river’s banks.

Despite its importance, the Nile is still heavily polluted in Egypt by wastewater and rubbish poured directly into it, as well as agricultural runoff and industrial waste, with consequences for biodiversity, especially fishing, and human health, experts say.

Around 150 million tonnes of industrial waste are dumped into it every year, according to the state-run Environmental Affairs Agency.

Climate change spells another threat as rising sea levels are set to push Mediterranean saltwater deep into the fertile Nile river delta, the nation’s breadbasket.

More than 3,000 kilometres (2,000 miles) upstream on the Blue Nile, the main tributary, thousands of workers have toiled for almost a decade to build the $4.5-billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, set to be Africa’s largest.

Downstream countries, mainly Egypt but also drought-plagued Sudan, fear that the dam’s 145-metre (475-foot) high wall will trap their essential water supplies once the giant reservoir, the size of London, starts being filled this summer.

Dirty river nile

Nuclear Highway

Workers near Moscow began building a highway over a Soviet-era dump of radioactive material despite protests by environmental advocates who warn the activity will release toxic particles into the air.

Moscow’s mayor insists that there are only “insignificant traces of contamination” over the site. The road is the initial phase of a project to redevelop the former industrial zone in the south of the Russian capital.

But Greenpeace says a state report shows that there are at least 66,000 tons of radioactive waste from a plant there that produced thorium for nuclear reactors.

Disease

COVID-19

Worldwide fatalities surged past 11,000 on Saturday. More than 277,000 people have been infected.

Italy announced another 627 deaths on Friday, the biggest day-to-day increase in the country’s four-week epidemic, a day after surpassing China’s death toll. The total number of deaths in Italy has now reached 4,032. Spain’s death toll has also increased to more than 1,300 while the number of registered cases in the country rose to 24,926 on Saturday from 19,980 in the previous tally announced on Friday, while in Iran, the number on fatalities hit another grim milestone of more than 1,500, as the country marks the beginning of the Persian New Year.

Switzerland – The latest numbers show the country has seen 5,544 cases to date, including 56 deaths. Meetings of more than five people in public spaces are prohibited.

New York, USA – New York State health officials reported an additional 2,950 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 7,102. 4,408 cases are reported in New York City. In addition, 42 total deaths have been reported.

South Korea – South Korea reported 147 new coronavirus infections on Saturday. The new cases bring the country’s total to 8,799.