Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.5 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.1 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits southern Peru.

5.1 earthquake hits northern Peru.

5.1 earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits Kyushu, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits Palawan in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.0 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 19s (Faraji), located approximately 769 nm east-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking eastward at 05 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Morocco – At least 28 people have died as a result of flash flooding in northern Morocco. Flash floods struck in the city of Tangier on 08 February 2021, inundating streets and buildings including an illegal textile factory in a basement of house where over 40 workers were trapped. As of late 08 February, state media reported the bodies of 28 of the workers had been found. Around 17 people have been rescued and transferred to hospital. A search was ongoing for more survivors. Reports in local media speculate that the victims died from electrocution after power cables in the factory were submerged by flood waters.

Environment

Carpets of Plastic Waste

Flooding has sent carpets of waste plastic down river into Hungary over the past few days, officials say, despite earlier pleas to its upstream neighbours Ukraine and Romania for an end to the pollution.

As of Monday, floating garbage disposal units have removed 500 cubic metres of waste from the Tisza and Szamos rivers. While much of the debris flowing downstream is organic when water levels rise, household waste, including slippers and even televisions, appears alongside the plastic bottles.

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