Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits near the coast of northern Peru.

5.4 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits southwestern Siberia.

5.1 earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Shetland Islands.

Global Warming

Alaska’s new climate threat: tsunamis

In Alaska and other high, cold places around the world, new research shows that mountains are collapsing as the permafrost that holds them together melts, threatening tsunamis if they fall into the sea.

Scientists are warning that populated areas and major tourist attractions are at risk.

In 2015, a landslide on a slope that had also crept for decades, created a tsunami that sheared off forests 193 meters up the slopes of Alaska’s Taan Fiord.

Environment

Pollution – Europe

Air pollution remains Europe’s top environmental threat to health, with more than 400,000 premature deaths due to air pollution every year in the EU, according to a European Environment Agency report.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Diphtheria – Vietnam

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice recently for Vietnam due to a diphtheria outbreak. Health officials in Vietnam have reported an outbreak of diphtheria in the Central Highlands region. National health authorities have reported 198 diphtheria cases since the beginning of this year.