Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits southern Alaska.

5.3 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits the central mid-Atlantic ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Eta is located about 90 mi…145 km w of Camaguey Cuba and about 300 mi…485 km s of Miami Florida with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…ne or 35 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 23w (Atsani), located approximately 219 nm southwest of Taipei, Taiwan, is tracking westward at 06 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Zimbabwe – At least 2 people have died in severe weather including flash floods in Manicaland Province, eastern Zimbabwe. Flooding struck from 04 November after 2 days of storms and rain. One person was swept away by flash floods in Chipinge, close to the border with Mozambique, on 05 November, where crops, bridges, homes and a school were severely damaged. Meanwhile another person died in Odzi, about 130km north of Chipinge, after being struck by lightning. Buildings were damaged by strong winds in parts of Chipinge and Buhera. Hailstorms affected parts of Nyanga. The flash flooding is in stark contrast to ongoing drought conditions affecting wide areas of the country. In May this year, Zimbabwe’s second biggest city of Bulawayo limited access to tap water to just one day a week.

Uganda – Heavy rain and stormy weather in western Uganda has caused flash flooding in Bundibugyo and further floods along the shores of Lake Albert. In Bundibugyo, flash flooding came after heavy rain on 06 November caused a stream to break its banks in Ntotoro sub-county. Local media reports say around 1,000 people were affected, with homes and roads damaged. Also in western Uganda, strong winds and heavy rain on 07 November caused further flooding along the shores of Lake Albert.

Floods Lake Albert Ndaiga Subcounty Kagadi district Uganda Red Cross Uganda

Wildfires

Wildfires – Algeria

A wildfire has killed two people west of the Algerian capital, the emergency services said Saturday, one of a spate of seasonal blazes to hit the north African country. Nearby residents were evacuated from their homes after the fire swept through forest near the coastal city of Tipaza trapping and killing two men in a chicken coop. Over the past 24 hours, fires have been reported in northern Algeria in 10 of the country’s 58 provinces.

Disease

COVID-19

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

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New Covid-19 Strain – Denmark

Since June 2020, 214 human cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Denmark with SARS-CoV-2 variants associated with farmed minks, including 12 cases with a unique variant, reported on 5 November.