Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits the Babuyan Islands in the Philippines.

5.1 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 03e (Boris), located approximately 964 nm east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, is tracking westward at 06 knots.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

The Bush Fire, the largest wildfire burning in Arizona, remains under 187,000 acres and at 86% containment, with no new perimeter growth since Tuesday. Currently 417 personnel are fighting the fire.

Containment of the Central Fire burning east of I-17 at New River rose to 69% containment from 36% on Wednesday. The fire remains at 4,499 acres as of Thursday morning.

The Mangum Fire north of the Grand Canyon, spanning 71,325 acres, increased to 68% containment.

More than 1,000 fire personnel were deployed to fight the Bighorn Fire, which has grown to 81,702 acres in the Catalina Mountains northwest of Tucson.

Fire crews at the Bringham Fire on the Clifton Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests have held the blaze at 22,244 acres and 37% containment.

The Aquila Fire in north Phoenix, which began on Tuesday and spans almost 900 acres, is 76% contained.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Plague – DR Congo

In a follow-up on the plague situation in the Ituri endemic focus of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Djugu territory, officials with Ecohealth Alliance said in a post on ProMED-mail that the cases have risen to 29 (17 female, 12 male) with 6 deaths (CFR = 0.2).

Hamburger Disease -South Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered the inspection of meals served at preschools and daycare centers across the country following an outbreak of a disease that can cause kidney failure in children. Officials expressed concern regarding a possible outbreak of hemolytic uremic syndrome, sometimes referred to as hamburger disease, among children in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province. On Friday, authorities said 102 of the 202 people tested showed symptoms of EHEC infection. Among those tested, 57 people were confirmed for the pathogen.