Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits Malawi.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Laura is located about 175 mi…285 km ese of Cayo Largo and about 255 mi…415 km ese of the Isle of Youth with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 21 mph…33 km/h.

Tropical Storm Marco is located about 115 mi…190 km sse of the mouth of the Mississippi river with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…nw or 325 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon (ts) 09w (Bavi), located approximately 450 nm south-southwest of Chenhae, South Korea, is tracking northeastward at 07 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Haiti and Dominican Republic – Strong winds of up to 85 km/h and heavy rainfall brought by Tropical Storm Laura have caused severe damage in Haiti and Dominican Republic, with at least 11 fatalities reported.

Chad – Flooding destroyed 230 homes and damaged around 100 others in the Dembé quartier in the 7th arrondissement of N’Djamena, displacing 1,502 people from 327 households. Three people died in the flooding.

Cameroon – In Douala, the country’s economic capital, flooding swamped the city’s roads and damaged bridges, causing widespread traffic disruption. The districts pf Makèpe Missokè, Bepanda and Mabanda were among the worst affected. Flooding also caused widespread material damages, including to hundreds of homes.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Redwood Damage, California, USA

California’s massive wildfires have burned more than 1,000 homes and buildings over the last week, destroying irreplaceable possessions and memories for some residents. At the same time, the fires are also threatening some of the state’s rare ecosystems and wildlife.

Biologists are watching closely as the blazes encroach on old-growth redwood trees in Northern and Central California, where some giants are more than 1,000 years old and are known by individual names. While some seem to have been spared, Big Basin State Park — the oldest state park in California — saw significant fire damage.

Still, biologists say there are reasons to be hopeful, because redwoods have incredibly thick bark that can withstand wildfires. Even fully charred trees can sprout again.

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Disease

COVID-19

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

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Lassa fever – Nigeria

On January 24, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) declared a Lassa fever outbreak. By May 10, the country had reported their 1,000th case–the largest Lassa fever outbreak ever reported in any country, ‘anywhere in the world’. Since early May, Nigerian health officials have reported 61 confirmed Lassa fever cases.