Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits Guam.

5.2 earthquake hits the Cook Strait, New Zealand.

5.2 earthquake hits the Rota region, North Mariana Islands.

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

5.1 earthquake hits Manipur, India.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

India – As the country battles the COVID-19 pandemic, Assam is grappling with flash floods which have affected more than 10,000 people in four districts since Saturday. Flash floods were reported from Meghalaya as well in the Garo Hills region. “10,801 people from 46 villages in four districts of Assam have been affected by the flash flood. The districts are Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Darrang and Goalpara,” a government official said.

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Global Warming

Ten percent of the world is facing faster global warming trends than the rest

Around the world, the average global warming trends show an increase of just over 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) when compared to the preindustrial area. However, about 10 percent of the surface are of the globe has already experienced an average warming of over 2 degrees Celsius. UN scientists refer to that level of change as enough to trigger dangerous climate impacts. Over 70 counties in the United States have already climbed past that milestone.

The higher average temperatures are bringing in more severe storms. That said, it was also pointed out that lakes in New Jersey that used to freeze solid can no longer be used by skaters. Rhode Island waterfront homeowners are watching the sea consume hundreds of their beachfront. Scientists in Minnesota are working industriously to plant new trees in forests dying off from warmer temperatures than native tree varieties are capable of withstanding.

This is far from isolated to the United States. Siberia, Angola, Uruguay, Qtar and many other locations are all watching drastic changes happen as a result of their faster-than-average rising temperatures.

These global warming trends aren’t occurring as a result of specific events or activities. Instead, chain reactions are taking place and are affecting certain areas before others. For instance, melting Arctic permafrost is redefining landscapes in Siberia and Alaska, making lands uninhabitable when they have been occupied for centuries.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Dracunculiasis (Guinea worm disease) – Ethiopia

Between 2 and 8 April 2020, six suspected human cases of dracunculiasis in Duli village, Gog district, Gambella region, Ethiopia, were reported to WHO.