Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits the D’Entrecasteaux Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits Tajikistan.

5.2 earthquake hits the D’Entrecasteaux Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Puerto Rico.

5.1 earthquake hits the south Atlantic Ocean.

5.0 earthquake hits Puerto Rico.

5.0 earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Canada – Around 40 homes have been evacuated in Manitoba, Canada, amid fears a dam on the Little Saskatchewan River will fail. The Rivers Dam is facing unprecedented flows following heavy rains over the last few days. Provincial and consulting engineers have indicated there is potential for a structural failure and authorities have called for evacuations in the area.

Myanmar – The Government of Myanmar reported that by the afternoon of 02 July, 126 bodies had been recovered from the jade mining site of Kyaukmyet Shwe Pyi Company (locally called 111 company) in Laku Creek, Ward-6, Wahkar village in Phakant (also Hpakant) Township in Kachin State. By 03 July, the Myanmar Fire Services Department reported 166 dead and 54 injured. Many more are feared missing. The landslide was reportedly caused by heavy rain, according to the fire service. The Government said the bank of Laku creek collapsed. This set off a fatal wave of mud and torrents of water onto the mine where dozens were working.

Japan – Heavy rain in southern Japan triggered flooding and mudslides on Saturday, leaving more than a dozen people presumed dead, about 10 missing and dozens stranded on rooftops waiting to be rescued, officials said. More than 75,000 residents in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima were urged to evacuate following pounding rains overnight. The evacuation was not mandatory and it was not known how many actually fled.

Global Warming

Warming Waters Inhibit Fish from Reproducing

As many as 60 percent of the world’s fish species could struggle to breed and reproduce if climate change causes the Earth to warm by 5 degrees Celsius over the next 80 years, the current projection for what will happen if greenhouse gas emissions continue unchecked, according to a new study.

A study released Thursday in the journal Science that examined nearly 700 species of freshwater and saltwater fish found that 6 in 10 species would be affected if bodies of water around the world continue to warm. If global warming was limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the study’s authors added, that number falls as low as 1 in 10 species.

Species unable to reproduce in traditional habitats may either move to deeper water or further north and would result in local extinctions.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Diphtheria – Vietnam

Health officials in Kon Tum Province in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam are reporting 12 diphtheria cases since early June. At least one death has been reported in a nine-year-old girl from Đắk G’long District.

Diphtheria – Haiti

Haitian health officials have reported 20 confirmed diphtheria cases, including 4 deaths through the end of April this year.

Malaria/Plague – Madagascar

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that the number of malaria cases in the island country has risen in 2020 compared to 2019 numbers. Since the beginning of the year, malaria cases have increased with 663,558 cases recorded since January, including 398 deaths; compared to 402,385 cases in 2019 during the same period.

In some better news, after reporting huge numbers of measles cases in 2018 into 2019, measles cases have decreased with only 34 cases reported since January 2020. This is thanks to increased vaccination and surveillance efforts.