Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.6 earthquake hits Samar in the Philippines.

5.5 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.3 earthquake hits the southwest Indian ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits the northern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits Baja California.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits the D’Entrecasteaux Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane 12e (Genevieve), located approximately 1100 nm southeast of San Diego, is tracking northwestward at 16 knots.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm (ts) 08w (Higos), located approximately 82 nm south-southeast of Hong Kong, is tracking west-northwestward at 08 knots.

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NewsBytes:

India – Heavy rainfall has triggered flooding in several districts of the state of Telangana, southern India, forcing hundreds to leave their homes for safer ground. The Hyderabad, Telangana office of the India Meteorological Department reported 17 locations in the state saw more than 100mm of rain in 24 hours to 16 August. Eturnagaram in Mulugu district recorded 147.2 mm and Parkal in Warangal district recorded 138.6mm. Flooding has worsened in Telangana state in southern India. Meanwhile the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh has also seen flooding over recent days. Almost 15 million people have been affected and around 850 people have lost their lives as a result of this year’s monsoon in India, according to figures from the Ministry of Home Affairs Disaster Management Division.

Environment

Vast, Growing Anomaly in Earth’s Magnetic Field

NASA is actively monitoring a strange anomaly in Earth’s magnetic field: a giant region of lower magnetic intensity in the skies above the planet, stretching out between South America and southwest Africa.

This vast, developing phenomenon, called the South Atlantic Anomaly, has intrigued and concerned scientists for years, and perhaps none more so than NASA researchers. The space agency’s satellites and spacecraft are particularly vulnerable to the weakened magnetic field strength within the anomaly, and the resulting exposure to charged particles from the Sun.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

Approximately1,600 wildfires have burned more than 700,000 acres across Arizona since the beginning of the year — amounting to more land burned than in both 2018 and 2019 combined.

Not only has 2020 been plagued with more fires, according to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, but the blazes have also been larger and more aggressive.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Plague – California, USA

El Dorado County health officials have been notified by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that a South Lake Tahoe resident has tested positive for plague. This is the first case in California in five years.

Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever – Senegal

On Aug. 12, health officials reported a Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in Senegal. The case was detected as part of the epidemiological surveillance system in the country.

Rabies in Elephants – India

Some 16 elephants have died from rabies in the past 3 weeks at Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve in Assam, India, according to Times Now News report. According to Park Director P.Shivkumar, the domestic elephants contracted the lethal virus from wild foxes in the park that are biting the animals. This has prompted a massive anti-rabies vaccination drive.