Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Cristobal is located about 140 mi…225 km n of Little Rock Arkansas and about 80 mi…130 km ese of Springfield Missouri with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…n or 10 degrees at 25 mph…41 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Mississippi, USA – Tropical Storm Cristobal’s Louisiana landfall brought winds, flooding to South Mississippi. As Tropical Storm Cristobal inched closer to the Coast, some counties have already started to get a taste of the storm. As of Sunday morning, George, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Pearl River County are all under a river flood warning.

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China – China’s Ministry of Water Resource (MWR) adjusted the flood defense emergency response to level III Monday noon, after floods in southern and eastern parts of China affected more than one million people and caused economic losses of more than 113,500 hectares of crops affected and 13,000 houses damaged to varying degrees. As of Monday, more than 50 rivers in eight provinces and regions of southern and eastern China experienced floods above the warning level, including South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Guangdong province, Central China’s Hunan province and Guizhou province and Southwest China’s Yunnan Province. 1.76 million people have been affected, with 120,000 evacuated and 69,000 in need of emergency assistance. Nine people died and five are missing.

Environment

Northwest Passage

This week in China, a Russian tanker ship will deliver a cargo of natural gas after taking the Arctic route across the top of the world and completing its voyage at the earliest time of year ever.

This voyage is a test case for a Russian energy company that wants to ship natural gas to China throughout the summer months. Taking the Arctic route lops off more than 10 days from the traditional trip across the Mediterranean Sea, through the Suez Canal and around India. The ice in the Acrtic is less than the meter thick at the moment, which is quite thin and makes it possible for the tanker to pass through.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

So far, smoke from the 2,300-acre Bighorn Fire burning north of Tucson and the 3,500-acre Tortolita Fire northwest of Oro Valley has not been a problem for the city’s residents. A shift in wind direction, however, is expected to change that.

Wildfires – Utah, USA

Late Friday evening, Utah County fire crews and first responders were dispatched to an area southwest of Goshen to respond to a quickly growing fire. While fire crews attended to the blaze, winds of over 50 miles per hour rolled into southwest Utah County, causing the fire to spread to up to 2,000 acres as of Saturday morning. Despite high winds continuing through Saturday, fire crews were able to limit the Elberta Fire to about 1,000 acres.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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