Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits Mindoro in the Philippines.

5.1 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Slovakia – Days of heavy rain caused flooding in several areas of Slovakia, causing 1 fatality and prompting evacuations. The Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute (SHMÚ) said that the rain was brought by an area of low pressure which moved from the central Mediterranean, through the Balkans, the Carpathians and over Poland. In a 48 hour period to 14 October, Košická Belá municipality in Košice-okolie District in the Košice Region recorded 123.1 mm of rain.

Tanzania – At least 12 people have lost their lives in flash floods in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Floods were triggered by heavy rain that began early on 13 October 2020. Dozens of roads were blocked disrupting transport in the city.

Global Warming

Global Warming Blamed for Bee Deaths – Turkey

Millions of bees died due to drought triggered by global warming in southern Turkey’s Mersin, which caused about a 70%-80% decrease in honey production in the province, a beekeepers association head said.

The above-seasonal temperature and abrupt changes have adversely affected beekeeping in Mersin this year. Drought caused not only the deaths of many bees but also became the main reason for a decrease in the number of plants from which bees can receive nutrition to produce honey

Wildfires

Wildfires – Bolivia

Wildfires that started two weeks ago are burning through extremely dry forest in Guarayos Bolivia. The Ambue Ari Sanctuary of Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY) is under severe fire threat. It is one of three CIWY-run sanctuaries caring for a total of over 500 rescued animals across 39 species, some of which are endangered. The animals were rescued from illegal trafficking, poaching, and habitat destruction. CIWY is a Bolivian non-profit that rescues and protects wild animals.

The area is a natural corridor for big cats and other endangered animals, and at least one jaguar was seen crossing roads in a mad exodus of scorched and frightened wildlife. Voracious flames and choking smoke kill animals outright and also chase them from their habitat, making them susceptible to opportunistic predators as they flee.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Chikungunya – Thailand

Thailand health officials reported an additional 600-plus chikungunya cases in the past week, putting the total so far in 2020 to 10,101 in 72 provinces. No deaths have been recorded.