Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits central Turkey.

5.0 earthquake hits western Xizang, China.

5.0 earthquake hits near the southern coast of Papua, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 17p (Lucas), located approximately 132 nm west-southwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking southeastward at 17 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 18s (Eighteen), located approximately 96 nm east-southeast of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking southwestward at 09 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Greece – A fire-fighter died while carrying out flood rescues in north eastern Greece. The tragedy occurred in a village on the outskirts of Alexandroupolis in the Evros Region of Greece on 01 February 2021. Severe flooding was also reported further south in Izmir Province of neighbouring Turkey. Flash flooding was reported in other areas of the region, including in the city of Alexandroupolis and the town of Soufli.

Turkey – Heavy rain early on 02 February caused flooding in the city of Izmir and some surrounding districts, blocking roads and causing traffic disruption. Balçova district was among the worst hit areas according to local media.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

Between 1 June through 31 December 2020, the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported four additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV) with one associated death.