Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.3 earthquake hits south of Bali, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits Timor, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits southern Peru.

5.0 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Screen Shot 2020 08 15 at 13 02 32

In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Josephine is located about 310 mi…500 km e of the northern Leeward islands with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 300 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

Tropical Storm Kyle is located about 280 mi…450 km se of Providence Rhode island with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…ene or 70 degrees at 21 mph…33 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 10e (Ten), located approximately 1308 nm east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, is tracking westward at 02 knots.

Screen Shot 2020 08 15 at 13 02 49

NewsBytes:

North Korea – Flooding caused by weeks of unusually heavy monsoon rain has killed at least 22 people in North Korea, with four others still missing. The floodwaters even approached the country’s main nuclear reactor but the leader Kim Jong Un says he is too worried about the coronavirus to accept outside aid.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Colorado, USA

Officials working on the Grizzly Creek Fire, which has now burned more than 13,000 acres near Glenwood Springs since it was first reported Monday afternoon, while the Pine Gulch Fire has burned 73 000 acres and was 7% contained.

Disease

COVID-19

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

Screen Shot 2020 08 15 at 13 08 13

Dengue Fever – Peru

In 2020, Paraguay has reported 220,050 dengue fever cases and 73 deaths, the highest number of cases in its history.

Chikungunya – Thailand

The number of chikungunya cases in Thailand has risen to 6113, an increase of some 400 in the past week.

Polio – Sudan

The Sudanese Ministry of Health declared an outbreak of poliomyelitis on Aug. 9 after the confirmation of two vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV2) in South Darfur.