Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits Guam.

5.2 earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.1 earthquake hits the mid-Indian ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 earthquake hits Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

East Africa – Flooding washed away roads, bridges and a hospital in Uganda and an entire small town in Somalia as torrential rain across East Africa compounded problems for governments struggling to respond to the new coronavirus. Hundreds of people have been killed by floodwaters in Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Rwanda and Ethiopia which have also displaced hundreds of thousands across the region. Heavy overnight rains flooded areas around Mountain Rwenzori in Western Uganda after the River Nyamwamba burst its banks, forcing people to seek refuge in nearby schools and destroying roads and bridges, a senior government official said. One of the hospitals in the area, Kilembe, was also overrun by the gushing waters despite being built on a raised bank and reinforced with sandbags. In neighbouring Somalia, an unspecified number of people were killed when floods washed away an entire small town in the semi-autonomous Puntland region, officials said.

Wildlife

Seagull Survival

Starving seagulls in Italy have begun hunting rats, pigeons and other small birds since the coronavirus crisis began depriving them of their usual diet of scraps from tourists, according to a zoologist from Tor Vergata University of Rome.

“They are going back to being predators,” Bruno Cignini told the Corriere della Sera daily. “It mainly hunts pigeons, which are slaughtered, and all the other birds that come within range. … Luckily, it even eats rats.” Cignini added that the hungry birds have also been seen going after fish in the Tiber River.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Polio – Afghanistan/Pakistan

There were eight additional wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases reported during the past week–six in Afghanistan and two in Pakistan. Globally, 54 WPV-1 cases are reported in 2020 to date.

Global Warming

Altered Storm Formation

Researchers say that climate change over the past 40 years has altered where hurricanes and the other tropical cyclones around the world are forming.

NOAA scientists say that while the average number of such storms spinning up each year remains relatively stable, more are forming in the North Atlantic and Central Pacific. At the same time, those in the western Pacific and southern Indian oceans are now less frequent.