Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the Virgin Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Azerbaijan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 19s (Faraji), located approximately 597 nm southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking southwestward at 04 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Guadeloupe – Heavy rainfall triggered flash flooding in Basse-Terre Island, Guadeloupe from 03 February 2021, leaving at least 3 people missing. Météo-France Antilles-Guyane said the highest accumulation of rain was measured in Pointe-Noire and Petit-Bourg with 86.5 mm and 64.9 mm respectively during a 6 hour period between 12:00 and 18:00 on 03 February, 2021. Météo-France Antilles-Guyane added that the intensity of the rainfall was unusual. The passage of severe weather over Basse-Terre Island on 03 February 2021, caused the sudden rise of rivers in areas of Petit-Bourg, Pointe-Noire, Vieux-Habitants and Capesterre-Belle-Eau.

Global Warming

Global warming found to be culprit for flood risk in Peruvian Andes

As the planet warms, glaciers are retreating and causing changes in the world’s mountain water systems. For the first time, scientists at the University of Oxford and the University of Washington have directly linked human-induced climate change to the risk of flooding from a glacial lake known as one of the world’s greatest flood risks.

The study examined the case of Lake Palcacocha in the Peruvian Andes, which could cause flooding with devastating consequences for 120,000 residents in the city of Huaraz.

The new study first calculated the role of human emissions in the observed temperature increase since the start of the industrial era around Palcaraju Glacier. It finds that human activity is responsible for 95% of the observed 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) warming in this region since 1880.

Wildlife

In a desert seared by climate change, burrowers fare better than birds

In the Mojave Desert, small mammals are weathering the hotter conditions triggered by climate change much better than birds, finds a new study. Using computer models, the study team showed that small mammals’ resilience is likely due to their ability to escape the sun in underground burrows and their tendency to be more active at night. This gives small mammals lower ‘cooling costs’ than birds, which have less capacity to escape the heat.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Dengue Fever – Ethiopia

Global and local health authorities are reporting a dengue fever outbreak in the Somali Region of eastern Ethiopia. Close to 160 confirmed cases have been recorded in Warder Woreda of Dolo Zone and 47 suspected cases in Dolo Ado Woreda of Liban Zone.

Measles – DR Congo

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports measles has resurfaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) provinces of North and South Ubangui with cases rising to 4,500 since the outbreak mid-December 2020, affecting mostly children under five years. Many of the cases are complicated and associated with malnutrition.

Swine Flu – USA

On 13 January, 2021, a child under 18 years of age in Wisconsin developed respiratory disease. Sequencing of the virus by CDC revealed it is similar to A (H3N2) viruses circulating in swine in the mid-western United States during 2019-2020.