Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.5 earthquake hits southern Idaho, USA.

5.3 earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Aisen, Chile.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Indonesia – Heavy downpour that lasted hours on Monday evening has caused floods that inundated at least 9,285 houses in six districts of Bandung regency, West Java, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes and causing at least one fatality.

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Zimbabwe – The floodwaters of the Zambezi have hit Victoria Falls and Kariba – the river has risen quickly and the lake is starting to fill. This is the biggest flood since 1977/78, which is the biggest flood since records started in the sixties. However, there is now a second wave coming through Chavuma (on the Angola/Zambia border) which looks as big as the first wave. The difference is the Barotse flood plain is now full and this wave will sweep over it. All the water will be channelled through to the Falls and into Kariba. It is predicted this will be the biggest flood since the Kariba Dam wall floods of 1958. Kariba will probably fill.

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Alabama, Mississippi, USA – At least three tornadoes touched down in multiple locations across the Southeast Tuesday as the National Weather Service issued tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings urging people to seek shelter. There was significant damage, but no deaths, in the Basin Refuge area and in Agricola, areas just south of the city of Lucedale, Mississippi. Two other tornadoes touched down in Alabama: one in Eufaula, according to the Eufaula Police Department, and one in Troy, according to the Pike County Sheriff’s Department. Information on damage and potential fatalities was not immediately available.

Global Warming

Rain, floods and confused seals: Antarctica’s warmest-ever summer

With annual rainfall of just 6.5 inches, Antarctica is technically considered a desert, but the two days of drizzle was just one of a number of remarkable weather phenomenon observed by scientists in 2020.

A heatwave began in late spring to the east of the Antarctic Peninsula and circumnavigated the continent. The Casey Research Station, south of Australia, saw three days of record-breaking temperatures, culminating in the all-time high of 9.2C on 24 January.

Antarctica’s heatwave made international headlines on 6 February when its highest ever temperature – 20.75C – was recorded on Seymour Island, just off the Antarctic Peninsula, the narrow arm that juts out into the Southern Ocean to within 1,000 kilometres of South America.

At Australia’s station in the typically ice-free Vestfold Hills, the landscape was transformed. New rivers were formed in the ice, existing lakes flooded and new ones were formed. The ice runway where planes land from Australia was inaccessible for ten weeks. It even left the seals confused.

The reason for rising temperatures in Antarctica are complex, ranging from the lateness of the Indian monsoon season, to warmer patches of water in the Pacific Ocean, to the position of the hole in the Ozone layer, to the strength of jet stream winds across the Southern Ocean.

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Disease

COVID-19

Worldwide fatalities are over 43,200. More than 862,000 people have been infected.

USA – The number of people infected with the virus in the United States hit more than 189 600 000, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally, with the number of fatalities surpassing 4,000.

New York – New York reported almost 7,000 new cases of the virus, bringing the total to over 75,000. Most of the cases were in New York City, where, officials reported more than 40 000 people had been infected with 1,096 deaths. Some 1,550 deaths have been recorded statewide.

Italy – The country’s total cases is 105,792. More deaths were also reported bringing the total to 12,428.

Germany – The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has reached 71,808. Meanwhile, the death toll rose to 775.

Iran – Iran’s death toll from the new coronavirus has increased to 2,898. Total cases have reached 44,605.

Spain – Spain’s coronavirus death toll rose to 8,464. The total number of infections rose to 95,932.

Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever – Pakistan

Officials with Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) in Karachi are reporting two cases of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in Sindh province in a week.