Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits offshore Guatemala.

5.3 earthquake hits Samoa.

5.2 earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.2 earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

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

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Kenya – Ongoing flooding in Kenya has claimed the lives of another 164 people, a Kenyan government official said Monday. Heavy downpours, during the rainy season, which lasts from March to May, have wreaked havoc all across the nation marked with flash floods, landslides and sinkholes that have left thousands displaced, livestock dead and crops destroyed.

Global Warming

The true extent of Antarctic and Greenland ice sheet loss

Using the most advanced Earth-observing laser instrument NASA has ever flown in space, scientists have made precise, detailed measurements of how the elevation of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have changed over 16 years.

The results provide insights into how the polar ice sheets are changing, demonstrating definitively that small gains of ice in East Antarctica are dwarfed by massive losses in West Antarctica. The scientists found the net loss of ice from Antarctica, along with Greenland’s shrinking ice sheet, has been responsible for 14mm of sea level rise between 2003 and 2019 – slightly less than a third of the total amount of sea level rise observed in the world’s oceans.

The study found that Greenland’s ice sheet lost an average of 200 gigatons of ice per year, and Antarctica’s ice sheet lost an average of 118 gigatons of ice per year.

The findings come from NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite 2 (ICESat-2), which launched in 2018 to make detailed global elevation measurements, including over Earth’s frozen regions.

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Disease

COVID-19

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

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Measles – Burundi

The World Health Organization (WHO) is reporting a measles outbreak in the African nation of Burundi. The outbreak, which started in a refugee transit camp where people arrived from from measles-affected provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.