Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.9 earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

6.8 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Alaska.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane 12e (Genevieve), located approximately 877 nm east-southeast of San Diego, is tracking north-northwestward at 09 knots.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm (ts) 08w (Higos), located approximately 57 nm west of Hong Kong, is tracking northwestward at 10 knots.

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NewsBytes:

China – Heavy rain affected Sichuan Province in South West China from 15 August, causing flooding along the Yangtze river and its tributaries, and resulting in the evacuation of over 200,000 people. Authorities say the Three Gorges Dam is facing the most severe floods since it was built. In a statement last week, the country’s Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM) said that 219 people have died or are missing and over 63.4 million have been affected due to floods since June.

Bangladesh – In a report of 19 August, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that over 220 people have died and over 167,000 families remain displaced after this year’s monsoon flooding in Bangladesh. More than 1.27 million houses have been partially or fully damaged by the floods and over 167,000 families remain displaced. In addition, over 170,000 hectares of agricultural land have been affected.

Space Events

Asteroid Close Shave

An asteroid the size of an SUV passed 1,830 miles (2,950 kilometers) above Earth, the closest asteroid ever observed passing by our planet, NASA said Tuesday. If it had been on a collision course with Earth, the asteroid – named 2020 QG – would likely not have caused any damage, instead disintegrating in the atmosphere, creating a fireball in the sky, or a meteor, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) said in a statement. The asteroid, which was about 10 to 20 feet (three to six meters) long, passed above the southern Indian Ocean on Sunday at 0408 GMT.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Ebola – DR Congo

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported one additional Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) case and an additional death, bringing the outbreak total in Équateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to 89 total cases (85 confirmed, 4 probable) and 37 deaths.

Dengue fever and West Nile virus – Florida, USA

In an update on the dengue fever situation in the Florida Keys, the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County reported three additional cases that were identified through retrospective case finding efforts. State health officials now report 46 locally acquired dengue fever cases.

Statewide, there are now a total of 35 West Nile Virus infections in 2020.