Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.4 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits eastern Greenland.

5.2 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Kyushu, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Shetland Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Gamma is located about 110 mi…175 km ene of Progreso Mexico and about 30 mi…45 km n of Rio Lagartos Mexico with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…n or 355 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane 18e (Marie), located approximately 971 nm southwest of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 08 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Georgia – Heavy rainfall from 01 October 2020 caused flash flooding and landslides in the Adjara region of Georgia. At least 5 people are thought to have died. A landslide struck in the village of Jocho, Khelvachauri municipality swept away a house and a vehicle, leaving several people missing. Heavy rain caused flooding in other areas of the region, damaging homes and other buildings.

DR Congo – Devastating floods struck in North Kivu Province of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo on 02 October, 2020. The provincial government reported at least 11 fatalities and several people still missing after flooding in the town of Sake, situated near Lake Kivu and close to the border with South Kivu Province. The search for missing people is ongoing and the death toll could rise further. Heavy rain on the steep slopes surrounding the town from 01 October caused the Mutahyo river to break its banks, sending raging flood waters, mud and debris sweeping through areas of Sake. Houses were washed away and school and health buildings damaged. Dozens of people are thought to be homeless. Bridges were destroyed and roads washed out, cutting connections between Sake and the provincial capital, Goma.

Global Warming

Flowers Are Changing Colour To Save Pollen From Global Warming, Ozone Depletion

Just like the animal kingdom, plants adapt to the changing climate of the Earth. A new research shows the latest way in which they do so – by altering ultraviolet (UV) pigments in their petals. This means that the plants are essentially changing their colours in response to the climate change.

The researchers found that over the past 75 years, flowers have evolved to alter the ultraviolet (UV) pigments in their petals in response to the rising temperatures as well as the declining ozone layer of the Earth.

Flowers’ UV pigments are invisible to the human eye, but they attract pollinators and serve as a kind of sunscreen for plants. Just as UV radiation is harmful to humans, it also poses a threat to a flower’s pollen. Thus, plants tend to use UV-absorbing pigment in the petals to reduce the harmful radiation from reaching its sensitive cells.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Queensland, Australia

A large “dangerous and uncontrolled” bushfire was threatening lives and homes in far north Queensland, with residents told to leave immediately. The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services was fighting a blaze travelling on both sides of Oakey Creek Road in Cooktown, north of Cairns. Conditions were very dangerous and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing, the “leave immediately” alert issue warned.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Dengue Fever – Central and South America

Dengue fever is an ongoing risk in many parts of Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to data from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), 2,028,233 total dengue cases have been reported in the Americas, including 753 deaths.