Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits Catamarca, Argentina.

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: Hurricane Epsilon is located about 355 mi…570 km nne of Bermuda and about 815 mi…1315 km sw of Cape Race Newfoundland with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…nne or 15 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 19w (Soudel), located approximately 262 nm east-northeast of De Nang, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 10 knots.

Tropical depression 21w (Twenty-one), located approximately 365 nm north-northwest of Koror, is tracking northwestward at 16 knots.

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Environment

USA Dust Bowl Repeat

A new study finds dust levels are rising in the American Great Plains due to farming practices and climate trends that scientists say are reminiscent of the lead-up to the 1930s Dust Bowl period.

The University of Utah research finds that the amount of dust has risen up to 5% per year, which coincides with the expansion of cropland and seasonal crop cycles. Writing in Geophysical Research Letters, the scientists suggest farming practices could now be exposing more soil to wind erosion, albeit much less than when 1920s Midwestern farmers were tilling the topsoil with mechanical plows. This led to the Dust Bowl after severe drought struck.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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Rabies – USA

Rabies in deer is typically rare; however, in several counties in west-central New York State, at least four cases have been reported in recent weeks, prompting officials to remind hunters of the risk as hunting season is about to start.

Dengue Fever – Europe

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reports that 18 autochthonous, or locally acquired dengue fever cases have been reported on the continent in two countries–Italy and France.

In Italy, 10 locally acquired cases have been reported in the Veneto region since the summer. Officials say the probable origin of the primary travel-related case is West Sumatra, Indonesia.

In France, eight total locally transmitted cases were reported in three departments– Hérault (1), Alpes-Maritimes (5) and Var department (2), including a Dutch tourist diagnosed on her return from vacation in Var.