Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.3 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 earthquake hits Greece.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit Vanuatu.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Northwest Pacific/North Indian Ocean: Tropical depression 01w (One), located approximately 88 nm west-southwest of Koror, Republic of Palau, is tracking westward at 12 knots.

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Newsbytes:

USA Pacific Northwest – A winter storm that blanketed the Pacific Northwest caused lingering problems Monday, with hundreds of thousands of people in Oregon still in the dark after heavy snow and ice brought down tree branches this weekend and blocked storm drains in Washington state and Idaho, raising concerns about flooding.

Environment

Black Summer Wildfires Burned 100 Plant Species

More than 100 plant species had their entire populations burned in the Black Summer bushfires, according to the most detailed study yet of the impact on Australia’s plants.

An estimated 816 species had at least half the areas they grow burned, according to estimates in the study, and some ecosystems are now at risk of “regeneration failure”.

While many of the species studied are adapted to recover from fire – either by reshooting or growing from seeds waiting dormant in nearby soils – there are fears that the loss of mature plants has left some species and entire ecosystems vulnerable.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Ebola – Guinea, DR Congo

In a follow-up on the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, the African CDC reports a total of 17 cases–N’Zerekore prefecture (16) and Conakry (1). Five deaths have been reported in N’Zerekore. In addition, over 2,000 miles away in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), four cases and two deaths have been reported.