Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits northwest of the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

5.2 earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits Lake Rudolf, Kenya.

5.0 earthquake hits northwest of the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Uganda – Sweeping floods in western Uganda killed four people and displaced 5,000 as heavy rains continue to inundate the region, police said Sunday. They said three others are also missing after the sub-counties of Kabuyanda, Mwizi and Birere in Isingiro District were hit with severe flooding. The three people who are missing are adult males who were cutting timber when the floods struck. 5,000 people have been displaced by the flooding.

Kenya – More than 1,800 families in western Kenya have been rendered homeless after the River Nzoia burst its banks, according to the Kenya Red Cross. In the Buyuku village of Budalangi, residents loaded their belongings on boats to get them away from submerged homes. Heavy rainfall has continued in recent days and has led to more flooding and landslides across the region.

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Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Discovery of antibody that blocks Covid-19

Researchers at Utrecht University, Erasmus Medical Center and Harbour BioMed (HBM) today reported that they have identified a fully human monoclonal antibody that prevents the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus from infecting cultured cells. The discovery, published online today in Nature Communications, is an initial step towards developing a fully human antibody to treat or prevent the respiratory illness.