Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.6 earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

5.5 earthquake hits the Sunday Strait, Indonesia.

5.4 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 earthquake hits Atacama, Chile.

5.0 earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Laura is located about 315 mi…510 km sse of Lake Charles Louisiana and about 335 mi…540 km se of Galveston Texas with maximum sustained winds…110 mph…175 km/h. Present movement…nw or 310 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 13e (Thirteen), located approximately 1079 nm southeast of San Diego, is tracking north- northeastward at 04 knots.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon (ts) 09w (Bavi), located approximately 2176 nm northwest of Kunsan AFB, is tracking northward at 12 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Afghanistan – Afhanistan‘s National Disaster management Agency (ANDMA) reports flooding has affected eastern provinces of the country after heavy rainfall from 25 August 2020. At least 35 people have died in the floods.

Pakistan – Heavy monsoon rainfall has caused flooding and landslides in Sindh Province, Pakistan, including the provincial capital, Karachi. According the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) in a report of 25 August, heavy rainfall and ensuing flooding affected the districts of Mirpur Khas, Tharparkar, Karachi, Badin, Thatta, Hyderabad, Chhor and Tando Jam from 24 August 2020. Local media report around 300 were evacuated in Dadu and over 1,000 in Karachi district.

Kenya – At least 1,000 families have been displaced by flooding from Lake Turkana in northwestern Kenya. Meanwhile the Turkwel Dam is expected to overflow, with over 300,000 people facing evacuation. Recent water inflow into the lake has surged to unprecedented levels from 500m to 800m claiming the once dry beaches, hotels, homes, government offices and displacement of more than 1,000 households.

Wildlife

Alaska salmon getting smaller

Alaska salmon have gotten smaller in recent decades, a downsizing that appears to be largely driven by climate change and increased competition for food as hatcheries release some 5 billion young fish into the North Pacific each year, according to a study published this month by U.S. and Canadian researchers in the science journal Nature Communications.

Alaska provides the vast majority of the United States’ wild salmon, and their smaller size is reducing the number of eggs that these fish produce and their value to commercial and other fishermen.

That decline encompasses salmon runs all over the state but varies by species and region. Chinook returning across a broad expanse of western and northern Alaska were some 10% smaller than the average size before 1990. Meanwhile in southeast Alaska, sockeye salmon declined — on average — by only about 2%.

Many of these salmon appear to be returning from the ocean earlier to freshwater spawning grounds, and that’s why they are smaller as they reach coastal-area harvest zones.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Oregon, USA

Over the past week, thousands of lightning strikes have sparked more than a dozen large wildfires in Oregon.

Five fires are burning around the Warm Springs Reservation. They include the Lionshead Fire, the Green Ridge Fire, and the largest — the P5-15 fire. It has burned about 4,400 acres and is 30% contained.

Four other blazes are burning along the Blue Mountain range. And farther south, east of Burns, the Indian Creek Fire has consumed almost 50,000 acres.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Monkeypox – DR Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) saw another 1,000 total monkeypox cases in the past month, rising from 2,591 cases on July 5 to 3,567 on August 9, according to the World Health Organization. The monkeypox death toll in DRC has also risen to 132 through Aug. 9.

Poliovirus – Nigeria

Nigeria has been declared free of wild poliovirus as has the entire African continent, according to UN health officials.