Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 earthquake hits the Peru-Ecuador border.

5.3 earthquake hits Easter Island.

5.2 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.2 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Alaska.

5.0 earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 09e (Nine), located approximately 1330 nm south-southwest of San Diego, is tracking westward at 05 knots.

Tropical storm 08e (Hilda), located approximately 1175 nm south of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 12 knots.

Newsbytes:

India – At least 7 people have died after torrential rain in India hit Jammu and Kashmir on 28 July 2021 causing flash floods. Local officials said a “cloudburst” dumped torrential rainfall in the Hanzor area of Dachhan in Kishtwar District, Jammu region, on 28 July. The rain sent flash floods, mud, rocks and other debris crashing through the community causing widespread damage and fatalities. At least 19 residential buildings collapsed or were severely damaged. Two others were partially damaged. Farm buildings and a bridge were also damaged or destroyed.

Wildlife

Light Pollution Disorientates Animals

When dung beetles in South Africa are ready to roll, they pick their path with the help of the Milky Way. But our home Galaxy is becoming harder and harder to spot as light pollution brightens the night sky, The New York Times reports. Researchers tested how dung beetles responded to two types of artificial light: a single bright beacon and the dull glow a nearby city might produce. They found that both kinds disoriented the dung beetles, throwing them off their usual path, the team reports in Current Biology. When exposed to the bright light, the beetles headed toward that, and when exposed to the ambient light, they went in circles. Because many animals seem to navigate using the stars—including birds, seals, and moths—the fading of the night sky could be having similar effects on other species as well, according to the researchers.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Italy

Italy’s emergency services continued to battle wildfires across the country. The regions sent 34 requests for support from firefighting aircraft, the country’s civil defence authority said Thursday evening. The requests came from Calabria in the south; Lazio, where the capital Rome is located; and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. In Sicily’s Agrigento, firefighters faced a five-kilometer (3.1-mile) fire front.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever – Georgia

A 49-year-old woman from the Samtskhe-Javakheti region has died from Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF), according to Georgia media.