Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits Komandorskiye Ostrova, Russia.

5.4 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina.

5.1 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 24s (Irondro), located approximately 927 nm south-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking east-southeastward at 16 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 25p (Harold), located approximately 287 nm northwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking southeastward at 07 knots.

NewsBytes:

Congo, Brazzaville – At least 20 people have been killed due to a lightning strike in Kintele, a suburb of Brazzaville, the Republic of the Congo (Congo Republic). A high voltage cable was also struck by the lightning leading to numerous electrocutions.

Environment

Ocean Restoration – A Pipe-dream?

Humankind’s rampant overfishing, pollution and other assaults on the world’s oceans can be reversed within a generation, according to a new scientific review.

The international team of researchers that issued the review says that while the effort would cost billions of dollars a year through 2050, it would eventually pay off with benefits of 10 times that amount.

“If you stop killing sea life and protect it, then it does come back,” said team member Callum Roberts of Britain’s University of York.

The review also says climate change must be curbed because of the ocean acidification, loss of oxygen and coral destruction it brings.

It is however, questioned whether the global community has the collective will to achieve a restoration of the world’s oceans. With people like Pres. Trump in power, it seems unlikely that the environment and wildlife will ever receive the care and respect they deserve.

Disease

COVID-19

Worldwide fatalities are over 58 982. More than 1,120,000 people have been infected.

USA – The number of people infected with the virus in the United States hit more than 277 900 000, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally, with the number of fatalities surpassing 7,146.

New York – New York City has reported 1,867 deaths from nearly 56,289 cases. Some 2,935 deaths have been recorded statewide from 102,863 cases.

Italy – The country’s total cases is 119,827. More deaths were also reported bringing the total to 14,681.

Germany – The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has reached 92,000. Meanwhile, the death toll rose to over 1,277.

Spain – Spain reported 932 new deaths with owe 117,000 cases.

France – France has confirmed nearly 66,633 cases of the coronavirus with 6,490 deaths.

UK – The UK has now recorded 38,690 cases and the death toll has risen to 3,605.

Polio – Pakistan and Afghanistan

There were five additional wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases reported this past week in two of the remaining endemic countries–Pakistan and Afghanistan.