Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.4 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits Taiwan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

China – Floods and mudslides in south China have uprooted hundreds of thousands of people and left dozens dead or missing, according to state media. The bad weather has wreaked havoc on popular tourist areas that had already suffered through months of travel restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak. Torrential downpours unleashed floods and mudslides that caused nearly 230,000 people to be relocated and destroyed more than 1,300 houses. In southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, six people were reported dead and one missing. Streets were waterlogged in popular tourist destination Yangshuo, forcing residents and visitors to evacuate on bamboo rafts. The local government said more than 1,000 hotels had been flooded and more than 30 tourist sites damaged.

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India – A dust storm and heavy rainfall lashed Delhi and Greater Noida yesterday, uprooting trees, damaging vehicles and bringing down billboards.

New Orleans, USA – Numerous roads were flooded in the city after heavy downpours on Wednesday. A flood warning was issued until 10h45 this morning.

Wildlife

China removes pangolin from traditional medicine list

China has removed pangolin parts from its official list of traditional medicines, state media reported on Tuesday, days after increasing legal protections on the endangered animal.

Pangolins were left out of the official Chinese Pharmacopoeia this year, along with substances including a pill formulated with bat faeces, the state-owned Health Times reported.

The pangolin, the world’s most heavily trafficked mammal, is thought by some scientists to be the possible host of the novel coronavirus that emerged at a market in China’s Wuhan city last year. Its body parts fetch a high price on the black market as they are commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine, although scientists say they have no therapeutic value.

China’s forestry authority on Friday gave pangolins the highest level of protection in the country due to its threatened status.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

A pair of large wildfires continued burning across open terrain on the grounds of Camp Pendleton Wednesday, sending plumes of smoke over northern San Diego County but posing no threats to military or civilian structures.

The flames, which began spreading through training areas toward the center of the Marine Corps base on Monday, had charred roughly 7,400 acres as of early Wednesday morning, according to Camp Pendleton public affairs.

Disease

COVID-19

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Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the Week 3 June 2020 – 9 June 2020

Cleveland | Chuginadak Island (USA) : AVO reported that the eruption at Cleveland on 1 June destroyed the January 2019 lava dome and ejected a large amount of material from the summit crater. Volcanic debris flows traveled about 2.9 km down the E flank and more than 2.7 km down the N flank. No significant volcanic activity was noted in often cloudy satellite views during 2-9 June; a steam plume was visible on 3 June. The Volcano Alert Level remained at Watch and the Aviation colour Code remained at Orange.

Karymsky | Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) : Based on satellite images KVERT reported that on 29 May, 31 May, and 2 June explosions at Karymsky generated ash plumes that rose to 4 km (13,100 ft) a.s.l. and drifted 380 km SW, SE, and E. A thermal anomaly was visible on 31 May and 2 June. The Aviation colour Code remained at Orange (the second highest level on a four-colour scale).